Remembering my Visit to Google Headquarters

April 6, 2016

Google is coming to USC next week to give a Tech Talk on Machine Learning.

When I saw that event, it reminded me about my visit to their HQ over Winter Break. After hearing so many great things about Google and its campus in Mountain View, CA, I was excited to finally get a chance to see it. It lived up to expectations.

The sprawling campus is colorful. Even its buildings are painted different colors rather than just a drab gray. The campus is so big that red, yellow and green bicycles are parked in bike racks in front of buildings all across campus. Any employee can take an empty bicycle and ride to where ever they need to go.

The Ice cream Sandwich, Kitkat, Android and other fun statues representing various Android operating systems make you feel like a child again and I liked that. This sense of freedom and fun provides a good backdrop for the creative and intense work being done indoors.

I also saw the Google driverless car that has successfully navigated the bustling streets of San Francisco (SFO)! How cool is that?

I don’t know if I can make it to the Tech Talk next week, but I’m sure it will be great! Machine learning is a growing and popular field that could be the wave of the future in computer science. Recently, machine learning programs have started being used even for biomedical applications including tumor detection, medical imaging such as cardiac imaging, brain networks, and drug discovery.

Published on April 6th, 2016

Last updated on January 20th, 2021