Yahoo Summer School Features Semantic Search in Bangalore

Jul 23, 2013

We’re excited to share that Yahoo Labs' recent fourth annual Summer School event in Bangalore drew over 3,000 registrations, showcased the latest cutting-edge work from across the industry, and united researchers, engineers, and students all in one venue. Summer School This five-day event provided a forum to discuss the hottest topics in Semantic Search -- like query interpretation, response ranking, or entity extraction, and gave insight into how our Labs and Product teams are collaborating. In addition, PhD students and researchers also had the opportunity to discuss their work and collaborate with peers and mentors. We discussed how Semantic Search seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding our users’ intent and contextual meaning of terms searched, and how it has much wider ramifications extending across the products we build. We also highlighted how this event can help develop cutting-edge technology by encouraging collaboration across the industry. Professor Y. Narahari from the Department of Computer Science and Automation at IISc said, “Yahoo Summer School encourages graduate students to develop deep expertise in a chosen topic thereby helping to grow CS PhD pipeline in Web science – the need of the hour in India. I thank Yahoo for playing a key role in contributing in a meaningful way to the research excitement in this field.” Ron Brachman, Chief Scientist and Head of Yahoo Labs, helped kick off the week by discussing semantic search broadly, as well as the make up of Yahoo Labs: We had a star line-up of researchers and scientists from Yahoo Labs across the globe including Peter MikaRoi BlancoGeorges DupretYi Chang, and Edgar Meij. We also invited leading external researchers, like Tom Heath from the Open Data Institute to teach sessions at the event. You can check out the complete speaker line-up here. A big shout-out to our Bangalore team for supporting Yahoo Labs in making this a great event!