Dean's Seminar Series: Professor Ron Kaplan

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Event Details

11 Jul 2019 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
G12A, 14 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus,
Video Conference to K.309, Building K, Caulfield Campus
IT research seminars


We all want to receive fast and accurate search results, however, sometimes the search results fail to match the information we seek.

Searching for information on the internet can sometimes produce irrelevant results, mainly because of the way the phrase is crafted. Conversational search provides a new mechanism to successfully discover information online when the initial search term fails.

In his presentation, Professor Kaplan will discuss what a conversational search is and how it complements the traditional search method.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Identify the use for a conversational search function when the information goal is too complex for the user to lay out in a single search query
  • Understand how conversational search can provide a way of recovering a retrieval mission when, for whatever reason, an initial search is unsuccessful
  • Discover the ways in which users and  systems can collaborate in a multi-turn natural language conversation that helps the user clarify information and the system better understand and respond more accurately to the user's goals

12.45pm registration for a 1pm start.

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Speaker bio

Ron Kaplan

Ron Kaplan has served as a Vice President of Amazon and the Chief Scientist of Amazon Search Technologies in Palo Alto. Previously, he was founder and director of the Natural Language and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Nuance Communications, with a focus on dialog and conversational user interface. Before Nuance, he managed the Semantic Initiatives and Natural Language Platform teams for the Bing search engine. He also served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Powerset, a deep semantic-search company acquired by Microsoft. Powerset was a spin-out of the (Xerox) Palo Alto Research Center based on technology developed by the natural language and artificial intelligence research group that Ron directed at PARC for many years. He holds 36 patents for inventions in the language technology field.

Ron is known for his influential contributions to computational linguistics and linguistic theory, particularly in the areas of morphology and syntax. He is a past President and Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics, a co-recipient of the 1992 Software System Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.  He received his PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities at Copenhagen University. Ron continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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Marketing, Faculty of IT