DATE: Thursday, September 29, 2005
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PLACE: Wean Hall 8220

Craig Soules

Context-enhanced File Search

As personal storage space continues to increase, users will require improved organization and search techniques to locate their data. This talk describes a new method of personalized file search that combines traditional techniques, such as content analysis and user input, with contextual clues gathered from user access patterns. I will discuss the results of a comparison between context-enhanced search and traditional content-only search, as well as comparisons among competing techniques for identifying context information.

Craig Soules is a 6th year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The work described in this talk is a key part of his thesis work on identifying and using context information in indexing and searching personal file systems. Previously he has worked on various other topics in both file systems and operating systems.

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