BISC: BISC Seminar: Jan 31: Building a Better Search Engine

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    Building a Better Search Engine

    BISC Distinguished Lecture Series
    BISC/AI-ROBOTICS-VISION Joint Seminar

    Peter Norvig
    Director of Machine Learning
    Google Inc.

    Thursday; Jan 31, 2002
    320 Soda Hall
    4:00-5:30 p.m.

    Abstract:
     This talk will introduce the main ideas required for building a modern
    Internet search engine capable of handling billions of pages and
    thousands of queries per second. The talk will also cover some possible
    future enhancements that will be important for the next generation of
    search engine.

    Short Bio:
    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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