"The Next Frontier for Web Search and Knowledge Mining: My Journey since Alexandria Digital Library Project at UCSB"

Wei-Ying Ma, Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia

March 14th (Thursday), 3:00pm
Engineering Science Building (ESB), Room 2001

My career in research started in 1994 when I was a graduate student in the ECE Department at UCSB. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, when the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected UCSB as one of the universities involved in the Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) project and the Internet and digital media started to emerge and change the world. Thanks to Professor B. Manjunath, who was my advisor at the time, I was introduced to a research direction that would later become important to the industry and therefore opened up many great opportunities for me over the next 15 years. In this talk, I would like to share my journey since those days at UCSB and I will introduce what might be ahead for next-generation web search with a new mission to empower people with knowledge. As we enter the era of big data, this research area continues to be one of the most exciting and important areas, one in which we can develop technologies to change the world.

About Wei-Ying Ma:

photo of 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 Mining, Natural Language Computing, Data Management and Analytics, and Internet Economics and Computational Advertising. He and his team of researchers have developed many key technologies that have been transferred to Microsoft’s Online Services Division, including Bing Search Engine and Microsoft Advertising. He has published more than 250 papers at international conferences and in journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. He currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information System (TOIS) and is a member of the International World Wide Web (WWW) Conferences Steering Committee. In recent years, he has served as program co-chair of WWW 2008 and as general co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2011. He earned both a Master of Science and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

Hosted by: Jerry Gibson, ECE Chair & Professor