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Exploring New Frontiers of Search

19 Jun
Friday, 06/19/2009 7:00am to 8:00am

Hang Li, Senior Researcher and Research Manager
Microsoft Research Asia
Information Retrieval and Mining Group

Computer Science Building, Room 151

Faculty Host: W. Bruce Croft

In this lecture, I will talk about three new areas for search, which we are working on at Microsoft Research Asia. They are Relevance of Whole Ranking List, Concept-based Search, and Context-aware Search. I will first explain the fundamental issues of these new areas, and describe the related opportunities and challenges. I will also introduce our recent work for exploring the new frontiers, specifically, global ranking using Continuous CRF (for Relevance of Whole Ranking List), named entity recognition using topic model (for Concept-based Search), and search intent prediction using HMM (for Context-aware Search).

Bio: Hang Li is senior researcher and research manager at Microsoft Research Asia. He is also adjunct professor at Peking University, Nanjing University, Xian Jiaotong University, and Nankai University. His research areas include information retrieval, natural language processing, statistical machine learning, and data mining. He graduated from Kyoto University and earned his PhD from the University of Tokyo. Hang has 80 publications in international journals and conferences. He is associate editor of ACM Transaction on Asian Language Information Processing and is in editorial board of Journal for Computer and Science Technology, etc. His recent academic activities include program committee co-chair of AIRS'08, poster and demo committee co-chair of SIGIR'08, program committee area chair of PAKDD'08, etc. Hang has been working on development of several products. These include NEC TopicScope, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office 2007, and Microsoft Live Search 2008. More info. at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/hangli/

Refreshments will be provided.