The University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Computer Science

2006-2007 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

Web Search - from Information Retrieval to Microeconomic Modeling

Prabhakar Raghavan
Yahoo! Research
Monday, April 16, 2007

11:00 a.m., Room 1043 ERF


In scarcely a decade, web search has gone from simply scaling traditional information retrieval, to a groundswell of new opportunities that are changing marketing as we know it. In this lecture we begin by reviewing this progress, pointing out that web search is no longer a purely computer science problem. We then hint at the role of other disciplines in this ongoing revolution and a number of directions for research.

Breif Bio:

Prabhakar Raghavan has been Head of Yahoo! Research since July 2005. His research interests include text and web mining, and algorithm design. He is a Consulting Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM. Raghavan received his PhD from Berkeley and is a Fellow of the ACM and of the IEEE. Prior to joining Yahoo, he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Verity; before that he held a number of technical and managerial positions at IBM Research.

Host: Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf

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