Kamvar's main contributions to computer science have been at the intersection between computer science and mathematics, particularly in the fields of personalized search and reputation management.
As a graduate student at Stanford University, he, with Taher Haveliwala and Glen Jeh, developed the mathematical fundamentals behind personalized search In early 2003, he dropped out of his Ph.D. program at the age of 25 to found Kaltix, a personalized search engine company which was acquired by Google later that year At Google, he was responsible for building and leading the engineering efforts in personalization at Google, most notably Google Personalized Search and iGoogle. He later finished his Ph.D. and is currently a consulting assistant professor at Stanford.
In addition to personalized search, Kamvar's other main contribution to computer science has been in reputation management. His 2003 paper, EigenTrust, is the most cited paper in the field , and was influential in that it predicted the trend in user-generated content and introduced the notion of reputation management in this context.
Kamvar's most well-known art works have been the web-based pieces We Feel Fine , I Want You To Want Me and Lovelines , all collaborations with Jonathan Harris. These pieces use material found in blogs, social networks, and online dating sites to illuminate human emotions and desires. We Feel Fine has been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Seoul, and Prague, and was a Yahoo Pick of the Day I Want You To Want Me was a commission for the Design and The Elastic Mind exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.
In 2006, Kamvar founded the fashion line Distilled Distilled is known for its art-meets-fashion aesthetic and its limited-run, hand-finished clothing .
Kamvar attended Princeton University, where he received a bachelors in Chemistry in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics at Stanford University in 2004.
US Patent Issued to Google on Dec. 3 for "System and Method for Presenting Multiple Sets of Search Results for a Single Query" (California Inventors)
Dec 03, 2013; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- United States Patent no. 8,600,963, issued on Dec. 3, was assigned to Google Inc. (Mountain View,...