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!
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.