Google Faculty Research Award for Evangelos Kanoulas
The Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognise and support world-class, permanent faculty, pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest. The objective is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology.
Retrieval models, search algorithms, evaluation frameworks have been developed with a rather specific but often unrealistic user behavioural model in mind: a user with an information need poses a query to the search engine, receives back a SERP of organic results and ads (or a direct answer), interacts with it and abandons search, either being satisfied or not.
Often, however, the user is getting engaged in a longer and more advanced interaction with the search engine, by reformulating her query, drifting her need, and multitasking.
The major research question that Evangelos Kanoulas will answer in this project is how can contextual information accumulated along a search session enhance the quality of a ranking? In this project algorithms will be developed to account for this contextual information.
CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.
Breaking ground as the first international conference on Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence, HHAI22 held its first-ever in-person meeting in Amsterdam in the summer of 2022, establishing the beginnings of an international research community. ADS contributed to the conference by hosting a Meetup around the topic of Hybrid Intelligence.
There are legal rules and ethical frameworks, but little or no practical guidance on responsible design. In her inaugural lecture “System error, please restart”, Nanda Piersma argues what ‘responsible’ means and how we can carry out the (further) development of IT systems in such a way that they earn our trust.