The Challenges (and Joys!) of Personalizing Web Search
Sep Kamvar is a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on personal and social models for search.
From 2003 to 2007, Sep was the head of personalization at Google. Prior to Google, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003.
Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. He is on the technical advisory boards of several companies, including Aardvark, Etsy, and Hunch. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.