Language Technology Seminar Series
Title: Context and Query Triage
Speaker: Bruce Croft
Location: ICT Building, L2.06
Date: Friday, 7 May 2004
Context and personalization are often mentioned as the new "hot areas"
for search. The problem is that achieving the goals defined for
personalized search is not easy and there are few examples of
successful applications (even including Google's personalized search).
In this talk, I will describe work addressing some aspects of the use
of context in search with a focus on what can be learned from the query.
W. Bruce Croft is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which he
joined in 1979. In 1992, he became the Director of the NSF
State/Industry/University Collaborative Research Center for Intelligent
Information Retrieval (CIIR), which combines basic research with
technology transfer to a variety of government and industry partners.
Dr. Croft is also currently the Chair of the Department of Computer
He received the B.Sc.(Honors) degree in 1973, and an M.Sc. in Computer
Science in 1974 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His
Ph.D. in Computer Science was from the University of Cambridge, England
His research interests are in several areas of information retrieval,
including retrieval models, Web search engines, cross-lingual retrieval,
distributed search, question answering, text summarization, and text
data mining. He has published more than 120 articles on these subjects,
has served on numerous program committees, and has been involved in the
organization of many workshops and conferences.
Dr. Croft has consulted for many companies and government agencies and
has worked with more than 80 industry and government members on
technology transfer from CIIR. He co-founded a search engine startup in
1996, and his research is being used in a number of operational systems.
Dr. Croft was a member of the National Research Council Computer Science
and Telecommunications Board, 2000-2003, and he was Editor-in-Chief of
ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 1995-2002. Dr. Croft was
elected a Fellow of ACM in 1997, received the Research Award from the
American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2000, and
received the Gerard Salton Award from the ACM Special Interest Group in
Information Retrieval (SIGIR) in 2003.
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