"Empowering People with Knowledge: The Next Frontier for Web Search"

Wei-Ying Ma , Microsoft Research Asia

May 6th (Thursday), 3:30pm
HFH 1132

The Web is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, with the emergence of cloud computing promising to create a new platform for software development and service delivery. One of the greatest opportunities of this new era is the cultivation of a developer ecosystem that can produce millions of micro-vertical services and applications, working together to serve each and every user information need. In this new world, there is an opportunity to build a more powerful and intelligent search engine that both understands what users are trying to accomplish and co-operates with users as they learn, make decisions and take actions. In this talk, I will first discuss some significant trends in cloud computing, before sharing my thoughts on how we can leverage these trends to create both innovative and disruptive technologies for Web search.

About Wei-Ying Ma :

Dr. Wei-Ying Ma is an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia where he oversees multiple research groups including Web Search and Data Mining, Natural Language Computing, and Human Computer Interaction. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, Wei-Ying was with HP Labs in Palo Alto, California where he worked in the fields of multimedia adaptation and distributed media services infrastructure. From 1994 to 1997, Wei-Ying was engaged in the Alexandria Digital Library project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During this time, he developed one of the first web-based image-retrieval systems, Netra, which is regarded as one of the most influential image retrieval systems. As an active member of the research community, Wei-Ying has published more than 250 papers at international conferences. He currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information System (TOIS) and ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal. In recent years, he served as program co-chair of WWW 2008, program co-chair of PCM 2007, general co-chair of AIRS 2008, and general co-chair of MMM 2005. Wei-Ying received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 1990. He earned a Master of Science degree and doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

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