Amit Singhal (Amitabh Kumar Singhal, born 1968/9) is senior vice president and software engineer at Google Inc., a Google Fellow, and the head of Google's core ranking team. Born in Jhansi, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Amit received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee in 1989. He continued his computer science education in the United States, and received an M.S. degree from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991.
Amit continued his studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and received a Ph.D. degree in 1996. At Cornell, Amit studied with Gerard Salton, a pioneer in the field of information retrieval, the academic discipline which forms the foundation of modern search. John Battelle, in his book "The Search" calls Gerard Salton "the father of digital search." He got interested in the problem of search in 1990 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. After getting a Ph.D. in 1996, Amit joined AT&T Labs (previously a part of Bell Labs), where he continued his research in information retrieval, speech retrieval and other related fields.
In 2000, he was persuaded by his friend Krishna Bharat to join Google. Amit runs Google's core search quality department. He and his team are responsible for the Google search algorithms. According to New York Times, Mr. Singhal is the master of what Google calls its “ranking algorithm” — the formulas that decide which Web pages best answer each user’s question.
As a reward for his rewrite of the search engine in 2001, Amit was named a "Google Fellow". In 2011 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Fortune named Amit Singhal one of the smartest people in tech. In 2011, Amit Singhal was given the Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology Award at The Asian Awards. He writes about the University of Minnesota Duluth:
"UMD was the turning point in my life. Studying Information Retrieval with Don Crouch and then Don recommending that I move to Cornell to study with Gerard Salton, is the main reason behind my success today. Don gave me the love for search, I have just followed my passion ever since."—Amit Singhal
- Amitabh Kumar Singhal (1997). "Term Weighting Revisited". PhD thesis (Cornell University). hdl:1813/7281.
- Bloomberg Businessweek's interview with Amit Singhal
- Adams, Tim (2013-01-19). "Google and the future of search: Amit Singhal and the Knowledge Graph". Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "University of Minnesota's page with Amit Singhal biography". Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
- "University of Minnesota's newsletter. Alumni spotlight - Amit Singhal.". Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
- New York Times article by Saul Hansell
- Wired Magazine: Exclusive: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web
- India Abroad: Top 50 Most Influential Indian Americans - Amit Singhal
- The smartest people in tech - Amit Singhal
- Home Secretary celebrates Asian Achievement