Department of Computer Science


Peter Norvig
Director of Search Quality
Google, Inc.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Engineering and Computer Science Complex II, Room 119
4:00 PM

Faculty Host: Shlomo Zilberstein

"Web Search as a Computational Challenge"

This talk will give an overview of the challenges involved in building and hosting an internet search engine. The talk will cover the computational problems and approaches of both current and next-generation systems, involving issues of information retrieval, computational linguistics, machine learning, and distributed systems.

Peter Norvig is the Director of Search Quality at Google Inc.. He is a Fellow and Councilor of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field. Previously he was head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, where he oversaw a staff of 200 scientists performing NASA's research and development in autonomy and robotics, automated software engineering and data analysis, neuro-engineering, collaborative systems research, and simulation-based decision-making. Before that he was Chief Scientist at Junglee, where he helped develop one of the first Internet comparison shopping service; Chief designer at Harlequin Inc; and Senior Scientist at Sun Microsystems Laboratories.

Dr. Norvig received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Professor at the University of Southern California and a Research Faculty Member at Berkeley. He has over fifty publications in various areas of Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering including the books Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX.

Refreshments at 3:30 PM in the Atrium of the Computer Science Building.