Carnegie Mellon Press Release: October 14, 2003
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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
October 14, 2003

Vivisimo Founder to Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on Oct. 27

PITTSBURGH—Raul Valdes-Perez, president and co-founder of Vivisimo Inc., will deliver a lecture titled "Are Web Searchers Smarter than Ducklings? What's Next after Google" at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, in Rangos 2 in the University Center. The lecture is part of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Valdes-Perez has published nearly 50 research articles in natural, social and computer science journals. In June 2000 Valdes-Perez and Jerome Pesenti founded Vivisimo Inc. The company is an offshoot from research that started in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department, from which Valdes-Perez is currently on leave. With clients in North America, Europe and Korea, Vivisimo is recognized internationally as a leader in document clustering (automatic categorization) software. It has been named the best meta-search engine for the past two years. Vivisimo developed a unique clustering engine that takes the top results from several popular search engines and organizes them into categories. These categories eliminate the burden of sorting through search engine results, thus helping users quickly find the information that is most helpful to them. This technology differs from other classification techniques in that it is fully automated and requires no maintenance.

In his lecture Valdes-Perez will discuss Vivisimo's experience with the clustering of search results in which users see a large sample organized into spontaneous thematic folders.

The Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series is a partnership between the Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost, The Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Division of Student Affairs.

For more information about the lecture or the series, contact the Carnegie Mellon Office of the Assistant Dean at 412-268-9510.


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