AIC Seminar Series
Google Book Search Developments and Research Opportunities
Notice: hosted by Vinay Chaudhri
Date: Tuesday, August 11th 2009 at 4:00pm
Location: EJ228 (SRI E building) (Directions)
Google Book Search is an ambitious project that Google started 6 years
ago with the simple goal of working to index all of the worlds books
and make them fully searchable. Since the beginning of the project,
Google has digitized over 10 million books and recently has agreed to
a settlement of an on-going lawsuit with Authors and Publishers. The
lawsuit will enable Google to provide access to many of these books
that users can only see snippets from today. This will unlock
millions of books to users throughout the United States. Another of
the benefits of the settlement is the ability of our library partners
to create two research centers that would contain all of these books
for computational analysis over the corpus. In this talk I will
provide a brief overview of the book search project and some of the
technical challenges we faced, a short overview of the settlement and
then discuss in more detail some of the research opportunities that
may exist if the agreement is approved.
Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is the Engineering Director for Google Book Search. The goal of the Google Book Search project
is to digitize the worlds books and make them searchable online. Google is working with both publishers and libraries as part
of this project. Prior to coming to Google in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies
Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing both basic and applied
research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions. Technology
areas include Intelligent Systems, High-end Computing, Human-Centered Systems, Bio/Nanotechnology, Entry Systems and
others. In this role, Dr. Clancy played numerous roles at the agency level including participating in the team that developed the
agencys plan to return men to the Moon and eventually Mars.
Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial intelligence. While in school, Dr. Clancy also
worked at Trilogy Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Xerox Webster Research center. Dr. Clancy received
a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science and theatre.
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