Jeffrey Adgate "Jeff" Dean (born 1968) is a North American computer scientist and software engineer. He is currently the lead of Google's AI division.
Podcast Interview with Jeff Dean
In this episode of TWiML & AI Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow and head of the company’s deep learning research team Google Brain is interviewed at the Googleplex in Mountain View.
Dean joined Google in mid-1999 and is currently the head of Artificial Intelligence. While at Google, he has designed and implemented large portions of the company's advertising, crawling, indexing and query serving systems, along with various pieces of the distributed computing infrastructure that sits underneath most of Google's products. At various times, he has also worked on improving search quality, statistical machine translation, and various internal software development tools and has had significant involvement in the engineering hiring process. After two years, as John Giannandrea stepped down from his role as head of the search and AI, Dean took over along with Ben Gomes splitting roles. Dean is looking after the AI unit while Ben Gomes leading the development of search.
Among others, the projects he's worked on include:
- Spanner, a scalable, multi-version, globally distributed and synchronously replicated database
- Some of the production system design and statistical machine translation system for Google Translate.
- Bigtable, a large-scale semi-structured storage system.
- MapReduce, a system for large-scale data processing applications.
- Google Brain, a system for large-scale artificial neural networks.
- LevelDB, an open-source on-disk key-value store.
- TensorFlow, an open-source machine-learning software library.
Funny Jeff Dean Facts
These fun facts have emerged, similar to the Chuck Norris and Nate Silver facts we have seen in the past.
- Jeff Dean's PIN is the last 4 digits of Pi.
- Once, in early 2002, when the index servers went down, Jeff Dean answered user queries manually for two hours. Evals showed a quality improvement of 5 points.
- Jeff Dean got promoted to level 11 in a system where max level is 10. (True.)
- Jeff Dean puts his pants on one leg at a time, but if he had more than two legs, you would see that his approach is actually O(log n)
- Sanjay once asked Jeff Dean if he could keep the entire web in his memory. Due to the noise from his keyboard cooling fan, Jeff Dean misheard slightly and wrote Mustang instead of simply answering "Yes".
- Jeff Dean compiles and runs his code before submitting, but only to check for compiler and CPU bugs.
- When Jeff Dean goes on vacation, production services across Google mysteriously stop working within a few days. This is actually true.
- Jeff Dean once shifted a bit so hard it ended up on another computer.
You can find many more of these at Quora.
Interest in Jeff Dean over Time
It is interesting that the interest in Jeff Dean is actually highest in China.