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Sep Kamvar

March 10, 2014 12:00PM
CSB 003 on the UCSD Campus
Abstract:
People at Large
In the past few years, we have seen a tremendous growth in public human communication and self-expression, through blogs, microblogs, and social networks. In addition, we are beginning to see the emergence of a social technology stack on the web, where profile and relationship information gathered by some applications can be used by other applications. This technology shift, and the cultural shift that has accompanied it, offers a great opportunity for computer scientists, artists, and sociologists to study and organize people at scale.
In this talk I will discuss some recent projects that show how the changing web suggests new paradigms for social organization. I will describe the underlying principles behind these projects and suggest how they might inform future work in search, data mining, and social computing.
Bio:

Sep Kamvar is the LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and director of the Social Computing group, at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on social computing and information management. From 2003 to 2007, Kamvar was the head of personalization at Google. Prior to Google, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003. He has been a consulting professor at the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Kamvar is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. He is on the technical advisory boards of several companies, and his artwork has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. Kamvar received his Ph.D. in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford, and an AB in chemistry from Princeton University.

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