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Web Search: Challenges, Directions, and Opportunities
Dr. Pandu Nayak, Google Inc.
Date & Time: December 14, 2007 12:00
Venue: Conference Room, 'C' Block, 01st floor, Kanwal Rekhi Building
Abstract:
These are exciting times for the field of Web search. Search engines are used by millions of people every day, and the number is growing rapidly. This growth poses unique challenges for search engines: they need to operate at unprecedented scales while satisfying an incredible diversity of information needs. Furthermore, user expectations have expanded considerably, moving from "give me what I said" to "give me what I want". Finally, with the lure of billions of dollars of commerce guided by search engines, we have entered a new world of "Adversarial Information retrieval". I will discuss how we are meeting these challenges.
Speaker Profile:
Pandu Nayak is a Member of Technical Staff at Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google he was the Chief Architect and then CTO of Stratify, Inc., where he helped develop the technology underlying the very successful Stratify Legal Discovery service. Before that he was a Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he was a key member of the Remote Agent team. The Remote Agent was the first Artificial Intelligence system to be given primary command of a spacecraft. Pandu Nayak received a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-Bombay, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His Ph.D. dissertation was an ACM Distinguished Dissertation.
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