Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Building a Mobile Platform to Change the Industry

Richard Miner
About the talk:

Google and a large set of partners, the open handset alliance, has recently announced announced a new mobile platform called Android. Android is a complete mobile stack developed from scratch to provide a platform for building future phones. The roots of this effort started with the frustration of a few entrepreneurs. This vision found alignment with Google's long term strategic goals and now has the support and backing of many other major players in the industry.

This talk provide technical and commercial background on Android. We will attempt to answer the question of "why will Android be different form other efforts to build a widely adopted mobile platform?" We will also look at the SDK and talk about why the audience might want to start building some applications - including the $10M worth of prizes Google has announced. More background information can be found at and

About the speaker:

Rich Miner has been developing innovative communications and interface-intensive applications for over 20 years and he has occupied a variety of high-profile technology development roles during that time. He is currently Group Manager of Mobile Platforms for Google, helping to build the Android platform. Rich joined Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile software platforms company he co-founded. Prior to starting Android Rich was Vice President of Advanced Services at Orange, where he headed the group's R&D activities in North America. He came to Orange through acquisition of another company he co-founded, Wildfire, which made a voice-based personal assistant product that was sold to fixed and wireless carriers. Rich held various positions at Wildfire, including CTO and MD for Europe. He met his founding partner at Wildfire when he helped incubate Avid Technology in his university lab. Rich received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he was also Co-Director of the Interactive Media Group, leading research projects with such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Apollo, IBM and NYNEX.

Contact information:

Rich Miner