BISC: BISC Distinguished Lecture Series: May 9, 2002

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    Ask Jeeves - Search is more than just search

                                                    Ask Jeeves - Search is more than
    just search

                                                     BISC Distinguished Lecture
    Series

                                           Jeremy Rosenblatt (CTO) and David Warthen
    (Co-founder)
                                                              Ask Jeeves

                                                              May 9, 2002
                                                             380 Soda Hall
                                                             4:00-5:30pm

    Abstract:

    Search is just one piece of the solution when it comes to finding what you want
    on the web. If you want to know who wrote Gone with the Wind or what's
    happening on the TV show "24", you won't find it easily with a search engine.
    Standard search engines choke when the phrase is too complex or the keywords
    too common. Applying natural language processing and a rich knowledge base
    allows Ask Jeeves to understand the concept of a question and tackle problems
    that give other search engines fits. Natural language also provides an
    experience that many users find more rewarding. Separately, the use of a
    customizable
    knowledge base enables Jeeves to also deliver a "connected self-service"
    software product to corporations who need to respond to customer queries with
    the
    "right" answer, not whatever document has the highest automatic ranking. Lastly,
    to address the pure search experience, Jeeves recently unveiled Teoma.com,
    a next-generation search engine that goes beyond traditional page ranking
    methods to determine authority, in addition to relevancy. It does this by
    introducing
    Subject-Specific Popularity as part of its ranking approach. This presentation
    will discuss the technologies involved in producing the current products and the
    ongoing evolution of question answering.

    Bio:Jeremy Rosenblatt
    Chief Technology Officer, Ask Jeeves As chief technology officer, Jeremy is
    responsible for guiding the technology direction of both Jeeves Solutions, Ask
    Jeeves' enterprise software division, and its Web Properties division.
    Rosenblatt joins Ask Jeeves with 20-plus years of experience as an enterprise
    systems
    developer, leader of development teams, VP of Engineering, and as a consultant.
    Jeremy is a graduate of UCB's EECS department.

    Bio:David Warthen
    Co-founder of Ask Jeeves David co-founded Ask Jeeves in 1996, and spent four
    years building the company from the ground up in several senior executive
    posts, including chief technology officer. During his tenure, Ask Jeeves rose to
    a top twenty Web site. David is currently CTO of GlobalStreams, a digital
    video technology company. David is an industry veteran with 20 years of
    engineering experience and is a graduate of UCSD's computer science department.

                                           Jeremy Rosenblatt (CTO) and David Warthen
    (Co-founder)
                                                              Ask Jeeves

                                                              May 9, 2002
                                                             380 Soda Hall
                                                             4:00-5:30pm

    Abstract:

    Search is just one piece of the solution when it comes to finding what you want
    on the web. If you want to know who wrote Gone with the Wind or what's
    happening on the TV show "24", you won't find it easily with a search engine.
    Standard search engines choke when the phrase is too complex or the keywords
    too common. Applying natural language processing and a rich knowledge base
    allows Ask Jeeves to understand the concept of a question and tackle problems
    that give other search engines fits. Natural language also provides an
    experience that many users find more rewarding. Separately, the use of a
    customizable
    knowledge base enables Jeeves to also deliver a "connected self-service"
    software product to corporations who need to respond to customer queries with
    the
    "right" answer, not whatever document has the highest automatic ranking. Lastly,
    to address the pure search experience, Jeeves recently unveiled Teoma.com,
    a next-generation search engine that goes beyond traditional page ranking
    methods to determine authority, in addition to relevancy. It does this by
    introducing
    Subject-Specific Popularity as part of its ranking approach. This presentation
    will discuss the technologies involved in producing the current products and the
    ongoing evolution of question answering.

    Bio:Jeremy Rosenblatt
    Chief Technology Officer, Ask Jeeves As chief technology officer, Jeremy is
    responsible for guiding the technology direction of both Jeeves Solutions, Ask
    Jeeves' enterprise software division, and its Web Properties division.
    Rosenblatt joins Ask Jeeves with 20-plus years of experience as an enterprise
    systems
    developer, leader of development teams, VP of Engineering, and as a consultant.
    Jeremy is a graduate of UCB's EECS department.

    Bio:David Warthen
    Co-founder of Ask Jeeves David co-founded Ask Jeeves in 1996, and spent four
    years building the company from the ground up in several senior executive
    posts, including chief technology officer. During his tenure, Ask Jeeves rose to
    a top twenty Web site. David is currently CTO of GlobalStreams, a digital
    video technology company. David is an industry veteran with 20 years of
    engineering experience and is a graduate of UCSD's computer science department.
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