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Bay Area Search - Open research problems in the search realm - Oren Kurland

  • Jun 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM

Open research problems in the search realm

Search engines such as Google and Bing have become a crucial tool for finding information in the information era we live in. Yet, the search problem is far from being solved. That is, there are many cases wherein users of search engines have hard time finding information that pertains to their needs. We will discuss some of the main open challenges that search engines face nowadays, and how the research community is addressing these. Specifically, we will describe some recent advances in the search realm that the information retrieval team at the Technion has made.

Speaker Bio

Associate Professor Oren Kurland of the Technion Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management focuses his research on information retrieval. His work has applications for devising relevance-ranking methods for search engines (i.e., Google or Bing). These methods improve the ordering of search results by their relevance to a user query.


Prof. Kurland received his Bachelor’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1995 and Master’s in Business Administration in 2000 from Tel Aviv University. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate in Computer Science in 2006 from Cornell University.


Prof. Kurland has also been honored with numerous awards for research including the Google Faculty Research Award, the Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Award, the IBM Faculty Research Award and the IBM SUR Award — all within the last four years.


Prof. Kurland also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), and the Information Retrieval Journal.


6:30 Eat & Greet

7:00 Talk - Great speakers, good food, free beer.

Event will be held at the eBay campus just off 17/880 @ Hamilton in the main Community building.  Look for lobby/flagpole.

Wifi: eBayGuest/BuyItNow!

We are always looking for speakers.  Please suggest speakers or topics you would like to hear.



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  • Mark C.

    Great talk. Interesting subject matter.

    June 19, 2013

  • Stoney V.

    Oren Kurland gave an excellent presentation. Thank you so much for inviting him to speak.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Ronald Z.

    too busy to come. Will this be recorded?

    June 18, 2013

  • Ilya

    CEO @ Magnifis, pushing the envelope in NLU.

    June 18, 2013

  • Rao V.

    I will bring one guest

    June 17, 2013

  • Rao V.

    Looking forward to the event

    June 17, 2013

  • Pradeep

    Search relevancy tuning

    June 15, 2013

  • Eden


    June 14, 2013

  • Greg L.

    Can't wait to hear what the open problems are in web search! :-)

    June 12, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    Note that we've changed the date of the monthly meetup in June. Please don't miss the great speaker!

    June 3, 2013

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