Brian F. Cooper is a software engineer on the search team at Google. Previously, he was a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research. His interests include web search, distributed information systems and databases. Before that, he was an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, where he worked on self-managing peer-to-peer overlays and distributed in-network event processing. His PhD dissertation examined adaptive overlays for replicating data, and for searching for the replicated data once it had been scattered throughout a network. Brian received his PhD in 2003 from Stanford University, where he worked in the database group, the digital library project, and the peer-to-peer group. His dissertation advisor was Hector Garcia-Molina. Brian also received his MS from Stanford in 2000, and his BS in computer science and BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.