Technical Talk


"Tech Talk: Organizing the World's Information...and Loving It!"

Mike Hochberg, Google

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 4:30 P.M.

Room 368 (CIT 3rd Floor)

At Google, we are committed to organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful. Striving to achieve that goal involves addressing a number of challenges across a wide range of computing disciplines. Such challenges include systems issues involved in building large, scalable distributed systems as well as work in areas such as information retrieval, natural language processing, intelligent data analysis, and user interface design to make these systems effective at sifting, organizing, and presenting relevant information to the user. In this talk we'll describe some of the issues in these areas, discuss a few of the interesting applications that Google has developed over the past few years, and highlight some of the behind-the-scenes pieces of infrastructure that we've built in order to operate Google's services. Along the way, we'll share some interesting observations derived from Google's web data.

About the Speaker: Mike Hochberg manages the Google engineering team responsible for contextual advertising on partner webpages (Adsense for Content Quality). Prior to joining Google last year, Mike worked in speech recognition R&D for Nuance Communications for nine years. He earned the Sc.B., Sc.M., and Ph.D. in Electrical Sciences, as well as the Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics, all at Brown University, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Host: Industrial Partners Program