My PhD research is about AI and the topic I choose is relatively new.

As far as I know, the only organisation that has worked on that area is Google.

by searching this topic there wasn't enough info of that it was done, techniques, methodology, statistics, etc.

I wonder if there is a certain process to follow so I can get access to Google's research?

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    Probably apply for a job there, and sign their NDAs – Azor Ahai -- he him Sep 11 '19 at 22:47
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    @JiK it means that I don't think it is only Google doing AI... – Solar Mike Sep 12 '19 at 11:16
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    @SolarMike "My PhD research is about AI and the topic I choose is relatively new" This does not mean OP claims AI as a topic is relatively new. It means that the topic of OP's PhD research is within AI and is relatively new. – JiK Sep 12 '19 at 11:17
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    @SolarMike The asker is researching some specific topic in AI. They haven't said what it is, but they believe that Google is the only organization to have done research on that specific topic. How can you suggest that this belief is false when you don't even know what the topic is? – David Richerby Sep 12 '19 at 11:22
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    @SolarMike The question is very specific: How does one get access to Google's research? The topic of OP's research is just background information to motivate why they want access to Google's research. – JiK Sep 12 '19 at 11:26

Google's publications are available here: https://ai.google/research/pubs.

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  • I checked that link already, nothing on the research topic – asmgx Sep 11 '19 at 22:56
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    Then either they haven't worked on your topic or they want to keep it secret. It's a private company, they do what they want with their research and sometimes they might want to keep a commercial advantage to themselves ;) – Erwan Sep 11 '19 at 22:59

If Google haven't made this particular research public, you'll need to talk to them about it. They might not want to say anything. They might only be prepared to talk under an NDA. If so, your university will have policies for dealing with this kind of thing. As with all things PhD-related, your advisor's job is to advise you about this. It's very common for research with commercial partners to have this kind of restriction, especially in the natural sciences and engineering.

Note that it's perfectly possible to produce publications based on NDAed material. However, you have to be careful not to disclose the things you said you wouldn't disclose, and you may need to clear the paper with Google before submitting it anywhere.

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    Or if you don't want an NDA, go buy Google. No one owes any researcher their secrets. If you want them, cough up. – curiousdannii Sep 12 '19 at 11:59
  • +1 This is great advice. The researchers at Google are just as any other researchers. They very likely want to talk about their research with researchers at other institutions. They just have a different funding arrangement which places its restrictions, but they will happily try to work within them. – JiK Sep 12 '19 at 12:30
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    Also, to my best knowledge in big companies research results are confidential by default and sometimes the only reason for not publishing them is lack of motivation to go through the paperwork needed to make them non-confidential, but interest by a PhD student might very well be motivation enough. – JiK Sep 12 '19 at 12:33

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