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As regular readers know, I have a deep affection for Carnegie Mellon University, where I did my graduate work. I’m happy to announce that two of my colleagues (both fellow CMU PhDs) will be giving talks at CMU in a couple of weeks, and I hope that some of you will have the opportunities to attend.

On Tuesday, February 7th, Abhimanyu Lad will be hosting an information session at 6pm in Scaife Hall, Room 214. Abhi is rock star on our data science team, and he’s been working on the next generation of LinkedIn search. You can get a taste of his work from his recent HCIR 2011 presentation, “Is it Time to Abandon Abandonment?“. Abhi will talk about a variety of technical challenges that data scientists and engineers are working on at LinkedIn.

On Thursday, February 9th, Paul Ogilvie will talk about “Where Big Data Meets Real-Time: Efficiently Indexing and Ranking News using Activity” at 3:30pm in GHC 6115. Paul is responsible for article relevance infrastructure and algorithms on LinkedIn Today, a great example of social navigation — not to mention a great success for users. Paul will talk about the technical details that make LinkedIn Today possible, including a novel use of inverted lists to efficiently index and support real-time updates to document representations.

And, even if you can’t make it to the talks, I encourage you to visit the LinkedIn booth at the EOC fair on Wednesday, February 8th. We’re looking for great software engineers and data scientists, and we’re especially interested in interns.

I hope that CMU students and faculty will take the time to meet Abhi, Paul, and their colleagues when they visit in a couple of weeks.
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