MidWIC 2006

September 29 - 30, 2006
Julian Science & Mathematics Center, DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana

The Joy of Search!

Search has become one of the most important and commonplace activities on the Internet. Underneath the hood, providing high-quality search results in a fraction of a second provides a variety of challenging Computer Science problems. Such challenges include building and managing highly scalable distributed systems, developing algorithms for effective information retrieval, making use of large quantities of data for machine learning and trend detection, and designing user interfaces to provide information to users on a variety of computing devices. In this talk, we'll consider a sampling of challenges tackled at Google over the past few years, including work in scalable systems infrastructure, algorithmic developments for search, and innovative applications that been built using Google's computing platform. We'll also talk a bit about how much fun we have doing all this!

Mira Stoilova MIRA STOILOVA joined Google as a Software Engineer in January 2006, as part of the Internal Applications team. She has worked primarily on Web applications to streamline business processes and support the information needs of a wide range of business users throughout the company. Mira received her B.S. at Harvey Mudd College in 2003 and M.S. at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005.