TEL AVIV Google opened a research and
development centre in Tel Aviv, the Web search leader's second
such centre to open in Israel within a year.
Google's centre in Tel Aviv has 30 employees and is headed
by Yossi Matias, a scientist and expert on algorithms,
databases and Internet technologies.
The Tel Aviv centre focuses on projects in the areas of
search, advertising and applications, Matias told a news
conference on Monday.
It adds to last year's opening of its Haifa centre in
northern Israel, which employs about 20. In addition, Google
has a sales office in Tel Aviv with a staff of 15.
Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and
research at Google, said the company had not set a target for
the number it expects to employ in Israel. He declined to say
how much Google has invested in the two centres.
Google has 10 R&D facilities in Europe, the Middle East and
Israel already has large operations belonging to companies
such as Intel, Motorola, Microsoft and IBM.