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The Gerard Salton Lecture Series

This lecture series honors our former colleague with speakers who similarly are innovators in their fields. It is presented in B17 Upson Hall, Cornell University.

photo by Edgar Rosenberg
Gerard Salton (1927- 1995)
A towering figure in the field of information retrieval, Gerard Salton synthesized ideas from mathematics, statistics, and natural language processing to create a scientific basis for extracting semantics from word frequency. The impact of his contribution is profound - five textbooks, over 150 research papers, and dozens of Ph.D. students. The modern information science research scene, with its terabyte databases, Web, and related technologies, owes a great deal to Gerry's pioneering efforts.

March 1, 2005

Karen Sparck Jones

University of Cambridge, UK

Natural Language Information Processing: Words and Tasks, Statistics and Models

April 7, 2005

Raj Reddy

Carnegie Mellon University

The Million Book Digital Library Project

April 12, 2005

Rodney Brooks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Flesh and Machines: Robots and People