19111 Pruneridge Ave, Cupertino, CA
Cupertino, California 95014

Presented by Andrew Tomkin, Director of Search Research at Yahoo! Research
Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Time: 6:30pm - refreshments, 7:00pm - talk
Location: Hewlett Packard (see directions), Pruneridge and Wolfe, Cupertino, Bldg. 48, Oak Room.
Cost: Free and open to all who wish to attend, but membership is only $10/year.

This talk will focus on the intersection of search and community. A significant and growing fraction of the planet now engages with the online world, and the engagements are becoming increasingly local, personal, and interactive. I'll present a set of research results on the nature and evolution of online community, covering millions of users and a variety of heterogeneous data sources. At the same time, I'll describe a set of social media applications taking shape at Yahoo! I'll present the vision driving Yahoo! Search, and will discuss how community and interpersonal relationships will color the way we think about search in the future.

About the Speaker
Andrew Tomkins is Director of Search Research at Yahoo! Research. His research interests lie in measurement, modeling, algorithms, and analytics for large heterogeneous datasets like the world wide web. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Andrew spent eight years at IBM's Almaden Research Center, where he managed the information management principles group and served as Chief Scientist of the WebFountain project. He has published over fifty technical papers, including two best paper awards from the World Wide Web conference. He serves on various program committees and editorial boards. Andrew received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997.

Official Website: http://sfbayacm.org/events/2006-06-21.php

Added by rashmisinha on June 14, 2006