BISC: BISC Seminar: Building Better Search Engine

From: Masoud Nikravesh (nikravesh@eecs.berkeley.edu)
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 12:07:10 MET

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    Building Better Search Engine
    BISC Distinguished Lecture Series

    Peter Norvig
    Director of Machine Learning
    Google Inc.
    January 31, 2002
    320 Soda Hall
    4:00-5:30pm

    Abstract:

    Peter Norvig is the Director of Machine Learning at Google Inc., with the
    mission of organizing the world's information to make it universally accessible
    and useful. He
    is a Fellow and Councilor of the American Association for Artificial
    Intelligence and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the
    leading textbook in
    the field. Previously he was head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA
    Ames Research Center, where he oversaw a staff of 200 scientists performing
    NASA's research and development in autonomy and robotics, automated software
    engineering and data analysis, neuro-engineering, collaborative systems
    research,
    and simulation-based decision-making. Before that he was Chief Scientist at
    Junglee, where he helped develop one of the first Internet comparison shopping
    service;
    Chief designer at Harlequin Inc; and Senior Scientist at Sun Microsystems
    Laboratories.

    Dr. Norvig received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a
    Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has
    been
    a Professor at the University of Southern California and a Research Faculty
    Member at Berkeley. He has over fifty publications in various areas of Computer
    Science,
    concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and
    Software Engineering including the books Paradigms of AI Programming: Case
    Studies in
    Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and
    Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX.
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