Yoelle Maarek is the VP of Research at Yahoo, managing the independent research and integrated mail research teams (based in Haifa, Israel and New York, USA), as well as guiding the rest of the integrated research teams with her fellow VPs.
Prior to joining Yahoo, Yoelle was the Director of Google Haifa Engineering Center, which she opened in 2006. There, she led the team that launched “Suggest”, Google’s query completion feature on google.com and YouTube. From 1989 to 2006, Yoelle was with IBM Research, first in the US, and then in Israel, where she held a number of technical and management positions, eventually leading the search and collaboration department and becoming a Distinguished Engineer. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Technion, in Haifa, Israel. In parallel, she spent a year in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University in New York, as a visiting PhD student. She graduated from the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees” in Paris, France, and received her “DEA” (graduate degree) in Computer Science from Paris VI University, both in 1985. Yoelle’s research interests include Information Retrieval, Web search, Web mining and Web applications. She has published more than 70 articles in these fields. She has been involved in various senior roles in most of the recent SIGIR, WWW and WSDM conferences. Yoelle was the Vice Chair of the SIGIR Executive committee until recently and is an elected member of IW3C2, the organization that manages the WWW conference series. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion, chairing its Student Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Technion Management Council and an ACM Fellow.