The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) CS Colloquium Series
Speaker: Ravi Kumar, Google
Where: Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106
When: Friday, April 27, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: Sequences, Choices, and their Dynamics
Abstract: Sequences arise in many settings: urls to visit, songs to listen to, videos to watch, restaurants to dine at, and so on. User-generated sequences are tightly related to mechanisms of choice, where a user must select one from a finite set of alternatives. We will discuss a class of problems arising from studying such sequences and the role discrete choice theory plays in these problems. We will present modeling and algorithmic approaches to some of these problems and illustrate them in the context of large-scale data analysis.
Short Bio: Ravi Kumar has been a senior staff research scientist at Google since 2012. Prior to this, he was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center and a research scientist at Yahoo! Research. His research interests include Web search and data mining, algorithms for massive data, and the theory of computation.