Large-Scale Internet Search at Ask Jeeves

Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:53am

Tao Yang
Ask Jeeves, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Engineering I, Room 2114

Search engines have become a central mechanism to deal with the
exploding volume of information on the Internet. This talk gives an
overview of Ask Jeeves search engine (Teoma) and describes many of the
challenges faced in seeking relevant answers from billions of documents
for tens of millions of users everyday. Particularly, this talk will
focus on two areas in search relevancy and scalable system
infrastructure, discussing our approaches for result ranking with
real-time subject-specific community clustering and for topology-aware
service membership in a giant cluster with thousands of machines.

Tao Yang is chief scientist and senior vice president of Ask Jeeves and
is also a part-time professor of computer science at UCSB. He has
co-invented original Teoma search technology that powers Ask Jeeves and
has been vice president of search development at Ask Jeeves in charge of
search technology development and engineering.

Hosts: Tobias Hollerer and Oscar Ibarra