• Semantic Web SIG: Bing! Bing! Bing! Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 06:30PM to 09:00PM
    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Rd., RM H-1
    Palo Alto, CA
    Web Apps & E-Commerce

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Semantic Web SIG: Bing! Bing! Bing!

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    NOTICE: Jan won't be able to present due to schedule conflict.


    Note: Please plan on attending this great presentation -  however, Dr. Jan Pedersen will not be able to present due to scheduling conflict. We will still have a meeting, as planned. Thank you!

    Title: Bing! Bing! Bing!

    With the recent release of Bing search engine, Microsoft has revitalized its life in the web search world. Moreover, the deal with Yahoo puts Bing behind Yahoo's search box. Boom! (or shall we say Bing!) Bing is becoming the second largest search engine behind Google. Putting aside the crazy corporate fight, we are going to take a close look at Bing technology on this event. Hopefully, you will learn whether Bing has the real food to win over users and keep them happy. How does it mix semantic approach in web search?

     

    We are delighted to have a chief scientist from Microsoft Bing to present on this event. Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Microsoft Bing, will discuss some of the technologies that drive the distinctive Bing UI, in particular the Explore Panel and the Instant Answers. Dr. Ronald Kaplan, Chief Scientist at the Powerset division of Microsoft Bing,will describe some of the linguistic and semantic technologies that are deployed in Bing's Reference section.

    Registration:
    You do not need to pre-register.
    Members attend free; Non-Members $15.00

    For more information, visit: www.sdforum.org/SemanticSIG

     

    Agenda:
    6:30pm - 7:00pm  Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00pm - 7:45pm  Behind the scenes at Bing, by Dr. Pedersen

    7:45pm - 8:30pm  Powerset natural language technologies in Bing, by Dr. Kaplan

    8:30pm - 9:00pm  Q&A.

    Speaker Bio:

    Ronald M. Kaplan,  Chief Scientist and Principal Researcher at the Powerset division of Microsoft Bing
    Ronald M. Kaplan is Chief Scientist and a Principal Researcher at the Powerset division of Microsoft Bing. He is also a Consulting Professor in the Linguistics Department at Stanford University and a Principal of Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). He was previously a Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center), where he was the manager of research in Natural Language Theory and Technology. Ron and his colleagues are responsible for the theoretical framework and computational implementation at the core of Powerset's natural language technology.