Dr. Ryohei Urata is currently a member of technical staff in the Platforms Optics Group, where he is responsible for datacenter optical technologies and corresponding roadmap. Prior to joining Google, he was a research specialist at NTT Photonics Laboratories, Japan. He has over 125 patents, publications, and presentations in the areas of optical interconnect, switching, and networking. He received the B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.