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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 brought to you with the support of Amit Singhal, PhD '97.

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.

September 22, 2005

Shafi Goldwasser

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

On the Impossibility of Obfuscation with Auxiliary Input

October 27, 2005

Susan Dumais

Personal Information Management: Helping Finders Become Keepers

February 2, 2006

Raghu Ramakrishnan

University of Wisconsin
Discovering Interesting Subsets of Data in Cube Space