This Ain't Your Father's Search Engine

Abstract: In just a few short years, search has quickly evolved from being a small text box in the nether regions of a website to being front and center in our lives.  Increasingly, however, the combination of search engine and Hadoop technology is also being used for practical, real time recommendations, events processing, complex spatial functionality and time series analysis capable of not only matching user's queries in text, but also driving real time decision making and analytics.  In fact, open source Apache Lucene/Solr can do all of this and more by taking advantage of new data structures and algorithms as well as deeper integration with Hadoop and related projects.  In this demo-driven talk, Lucene committer Grant Ingersoll will take a look at some of the new and exciting ways users are leveraging Lucene, Solr and big data to drive deeper insight into information needs that go beyond keywords in a text box.

Speaker: Grant Ingersoll is the CTO and co-founder of LucidWorks as well as an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. Grant’s prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. Grant earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Grant is also the co-author of “Taming Text” from Manning Publications.

Parking: It should be free on this date, but just in case... There are two options to pay for parking in the adjacent Anderson ramp.  You can either enter/exit with a credit card, or you can take a ticket and use the pay kiosk on the northeast corner of the ramp to get an exit ticket.

Food: Pizza and drinks, first come first serve, starting at 6:30PM provided by Symantec


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  • David M.

    Thanks for letting SynerTech come and promote our Hadoop training courses! It was great to see many people again and to meet some new people as well! SynerTech is looking forward to sponsoring a future user group meeting as well.

    June 4

  • Brad R.

    The slides are now in the Meetup Files area (it is under More above). Unfortunately, the audio/screen capture software crashed and we don't have the companion recording.

    May 31

  • Aleksander

    It was a great presentation. Thanks Grant and event organizers.

    I don't see the presentation slides under Files. Am I looking in a wrong place?

    May 31

  • Aaron C.

    Really enjoyed this one. Great to see the meetup branching out to include other big data topics. Thanks for answering all my questions, Grant :D

    May 30

  • Parris G.

    I really enjoyed the presentation. What a great overview of what can be done with Lucene; and the demos were equally impressive. Thanks Grant.

    May 30

  • James P.

    I enjoyed this presentation. The use of the Finite State Automata seems magical.

    May 30

  • Nagaraja N.


    May 30

  • One A.

    Grant is technically flawless in his presentation.

    May 30

  • Grant I.

    Thanks for having me! Really enjoyed the discussion and questions.

    1 · May 30

  • Michael M.

    I thought it was an excellent presentation of the power of solr to perform tasks not typically meant for search engines. Kinda makes my teams work with rdbms and websphere look really anemic. Thanks to UST and lucidworks for presenting.

    May 29

  • John H.

    Great turnout. Pretty soon we'll need two rooms!

    2 · May 29

  • Nathan Detroit E.

    Can't make it because of a conflict but would love to see any slides/prezo's that come out of the meeting. Hadoop has a very bright future. I have a friend over at Cloudera, let me know if you would like me to ask if he can do a web conference sometime.

    1 · May 24

  • Nate C.

    Can anyone recommend a good primer on Hive?

    May 10

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