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AIC Seminar Series

Structured Data on the Web

Alon HalevyGoogle[Home Page]

Notice:  hosted by Vinay Chaudhri

Date:  2009-03-31 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

   Abstract

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.

   Bio for Alon Halevy

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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