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CIS Department Talk - April 16, 2009

The Department of Computer and Information Science Present

Speaker:Dr. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, Ph.D, Google
Topic:Natural Language Processing and Modern Search Engines
Date:April 16, 2009, 2:30pm
Place:JMH room 138


In this talk, I will provide an overview of Natural Language Processing (NLP) from both an academic and applied perspective. I'll begin with a discussion of interesting NLP problems such as machine translation, information extraction, question answering, opinion analysis and text summarization. I'll then delve into a more example-driven look at how research in these areas is applied by modern search engines such as Google to provide more accurate and relevant responses to various kinds of user queries.

Bio: Sasha Blair-Goldensohn is a software engineer working in the New York City office of Google, Inc. He is currently involved in several projects that use natural language processing techniques such as sentiment analysis to improve search results. Dr. Blair-Goldensohn graduated from Columbia University in 2007 with a Phd in Computer Science. His dissertation focused on using rhetorical relations, such as causality and contrast, to improve automated search responses to complex information needs. He previously received degrees from Amherst College and the University of Michigan, and has worked at IBM Research and Goldman Sachs and Company.

For more information, contact Ms. Danielle Aprea (718) 817-4480


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