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Search Summit 2007

Search Summit 2007 gathers the winners of the Search RFP 2006, RFP which directly addresses the need for more large-scale data by making additional real-world search data available to academia. This RFP further encouraged academic research and innovation in search by increasing the availability of relevant, large, current data sets from MSN/Live Search, new data analysis, and algorithm development in Internet Search.

July 18, 2007
Microsoft Conference Center - Lassen Room
Redmond, Washington

Focus

Search Summit 2007 gathers the winners of the Search RFP 2006, RFP which directly addresses the need for more large-scale data by making additional real-world search data available to academia. This RFP further encouraged academic research and innovation in search by increasing the availability of relevant, large, current data sets from MSN/Live Search, new data analysis, and algorithm development in Internet Search.

The goal of the Search Summit 2007 is threefold:

  • Share the research results among the winners of the Search RFP 2006 to encourage further collaborations
  • Understand how the assets contributed to enable academic research
  • Engage in a two-way conversation with search stakeholders from Microsoft and Microsoft Research

Structure

In order to accomplish the above stated goals, the workshop will have a mix of presentations, posters and demos as follows:

  • Presentations of the Search RFP 2006 projects, one year into the research, including one slide entitled: “the Quest for Assets – the Good, the Bad and the Wanted” summarising:
    - how the assets were helpful in answering research questions
    - where these assets failed to be helpful and why
    - which research questions PIs would like to address if unlimited access to assets was an option
  • Demo session from search stakeholders from Microsoft and Microsoft Research
  • Poster session highlighting particular research from the Search RFPs 2006 projects
  • Closing talk by Gary Flake, Microsoft Live Labs: The "Blind Men and the Elephant" Parable and the Future of Web Search
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