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[vox] [fwd] ACCU: Wednesday, November 10 - Hugh Williams,"A Tour of a Modern Search Engine"

More info on next week's ACCU talk on search engines.
(Speaker is at eBay, was at MS in the Bing team, and wrote
a couple of MySQL & PHP books for O'Reilly!)

If it weren't on a Wednesday (sched conflict), I'd seriously
consider taking a trip down for that...


----- Forwarded message from Ali Cehreli <acehreli@gmail.com> -----

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 10:29:40 -0700
From: Ali Cehreli <acehreli@gmail.com>
Subject: ACCU: Wednesday, November 10 - Hugh Williams, "A Tour of a Modern
 Search Engine"
To: acehreli@yahoo.com
Reply-To: acehreli@yahoo.com

[This talk has originally been scheduled as our July 2010 talk; but
had to be canceled due to electrical problems in the building.]

When:      Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Topic:     A Tour of a Modern Search Engine
Speaker:   Hugh Williams
Time:      6:30pm doors open
         7:00pm meeting begins
Where:     Symantec
         VCAFE building
         350 Ellis Street (near E. Middlefield Road)
         Mountain View, CA 94043
Map:       <http://tinyurl.com/334rv5>
Directions: VCAFE is accessible from the semicircular courtyard
between Symantec buildings <http://tinyurl.com/2dccgc>
Cost:      Free
More Info: <http://www.accu-usa.org>

Search engines are ubiquitous tools for modern life. In this talk,
Hugh Williams explains the architecture of a modern search engine, and
discusses how search engines provide search over tens of billions of
documents in less than a second to millions of users. He discusses how
they rank documents, use large data sets to inform their ranking
algorithms, and measure their relevance. He also discusses his role in
search at eBay, and explains the unique challenges of working on the
world???s most famous real-time search engine.

Dr. Hugh Williams has spent the past sixteen years researching and
developing search engines and web services. He is presently the Vice
President of Buyer Experience Engineering at eBay Inc., where his
responsibilities include eBay???s search engine. In the past he managed
a large R&D team at Microsoft???s Bing, and was a tenured professor in
Australia. He has published 99 works, mostly in the field of
Information Retrieval, and including two books: ???Web Database
Applications with PHP and MySQL??? and ???Learning Mysql??? for O???Reilly
Media Inc. He holds 2 US patents and has 25 patents pending. He has a
PhD from RMIT University in Australia. His personal interests include
baseball, bobbleheads, and cycling.

Meetings are open to the public and are free of charge.

---- Upcoming ACCU talks -----

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Andrei Alexandrescu
"Three cool things about D"

The ACCU meets monthly. Meetings are always open to the public and are
free of charge. To suggest topics and speakers please email Walter
Vannini via walterv@gbbservices.com

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