The facility will be charged with creating software search tools for Google. It is expected to create as many as 100 new high-tech jobs in the Pittsburgh area over the next few years, said Craig Nevill-Manning, director of Google's New York engineering office.
"There were smart people who lived in Pittsburgh who wanted to keep living in Pittsburgh," he said at a news conference, explaining the company's reasons for coming to the city.
The office will be headed by Andrew Moore, a Carnegie Mellon professor of computer science and robotics who currently runs a research laboratory of 30 students, programmers and faculty members. Moore, 40, is an expert in data mining and artificial intelligence.
Despite reports from state economic development officials that the Google office would be in CMU's tech-heavy Collaborative Innovation Center, Google representatives said an office site has yet to be decided on, but said the operation will be headed by Andrew Moore, a CMU computer science and robotics professor who chairs a lab that tracks patterns in data.