Melbourne Search July 2014 Meetup

Melbourne Search and Recommendation Group
Melbourne Search and Recommendation Group
Public group


96 Flinders St · Melbourne

How to find us

We'll be using the usual Duckboard Place entrance running off Flinders Lane for entry.

Location image of event venue


We have 2 great talks for this meetup!

In true DevOps fashion, Sam Mcleod (@s_mcleod ( - Operations) & Ricky Cook (@ ( ( - Web Development) from Infoxchange will be tag teaming a presentation of their talk "Search: A Journey of Delivery on a Budget".


Additionally we have a second guest speaker, Grant Ingersoll (@gsingers ( with "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, search engine 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 that complement more traditional IR approaches. 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 related technology to drive deeper insight into information needs that go beyond keywords in a text box.

Bio: 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.

---------------------------------- As usual we'll have time to mingle over drinks and Pizza.

If you have something cool, search-wise, that you'd think would fit well in a lightening talk for the evening, please let me know!