Berthier Ribeiro-Neto received a B.Sc. degree in Math, a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, and an MS degree in Computer Science, all from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995, under Dick Muntz. Since then, he has been with the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais where he is an Associate Professor, currently on a part time assignment. He is also a Director of Engineering and Site Lead at the Google Research and Development Center, located in Belo Horizonte, and an ACM member.
Ribeiro-Neto, whose main interests include Information Retrieval, search engines, digital libraries, and Web applications, has been in the program committee of several international events and in the review board of major journals in Computer Science, among them ACM TOIS. He is a co-founder of Akwan Information Technologies, a search engine company that was sold to Google in 2005 to become the Google Research and Development Center for Latin America, located in Belo Horizonte. He is also co-author of the book Modern Information Retrieval, Addison Wesley, 1999, the best selling book in information retrieval, adopted in hundreds of universities around the world. The second edition, entitled Modern Information Retrieval---The Concepts and Technology behind Search, was published by Pearson in 2011 and provides an ambitious review of 50 years of research in Information Retrieval, including 1,800 bibliographical references.