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Real world lessons from building a search engine for ecommerce

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How do you help your customers find products that they want to buy? How do you build a search engine that handles several thousand queries per minute, in multiple languages, over a heavily diversified product set that includes DVDs, dietary supplements, clothing, makeup and more? This talk covers the real-world challenges we faced in building such a search engine and how we solved them with insights from software engineering, information retrieval and natural language processing.

The Hut Group will also announce the launch details of highly anticipated 2014 Computer Science Challenge, following on from our very successful 2013 recommendation challenge http://www.thehutchallenge.com. Open to university students across the UK, the challenge carries a 1st prize of £5000 and offers of highly paid graduate technology jobs and internships.

(Pizza provided!)

Speaker details:

Dhruv Kumar joined THG in Jan 2014 and has worked on the in-house search system since then. Before joining THG , he has worked for HP Autonomy as a software developer and as a researcher assistant at the Computer Vision Group of the University of Reading. Dhruv holds an MPhil in Computer Science from Cambridge and a BEng from the University of Reading.

Shaun Hall joined THG ’s Growth & Innovation team in July 2013 and has spent most of his time working on our search and browse algorithms. Prior to this, he worked on an algorithmic trading platform at an Investment Bank. Shaun graduated with a first class degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2011.

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