AIC Seminar Series
Structured Data on the Web
Notice: hosted by Vinay Chaudhri
Date: 2009-03-31 at 16:00
Location: EJ228 (SRI E building) (Directions)
Though search on the World-Wide Web has focused mostly on unstructured
text, there is an increasing amount of structured data on the Web and
growing interest in harnessing such data. I will describe several
current projects at Google whose overall goal is to leverage
structured data and better expose it to our users. These projects
include crawling the deep web, collecting and mining the HTML tables
on the Web, and computing aspects for search queries to better
organize answers. In each case, I will focus the lessons learned from
the project and the opportunities that lie ahead. I will also describe how
we can apply the principles of dataspaces, i.e., pay-as-you-go data management to these problems.
Alon Halevy heads the Structured Data Management Research group at
Google. Prior to that, he was a professor of Computer Science at the
University of Washington in Seattle. In 1999, Dr. Halevy co-founded
Nimble Technology, one of the first companies in the Enterprise
Information Integration space, and in 2004, Dr. Halevy founded
Transformic Inc., a company that created search engines for the deep
web, and was acquired by Google. Dr Halevy is a Fellow of the
Association for Computing Machinery, received the the Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000, and
was a Sloan Fellow (1999-2000). He received his Ph.D in Computer
Science from Stanford University in 1993.
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