News Category: information-retrieval

The Future of Search Engines

Aug. 31, 2018

Search engines have changed the world. They put vast amounts of information at our fingertips. But search engines have their flaws, says iSchool Associate Professor Matthew Lease. Search results are often not as “smart” as we’d like them to be, lacking a true understanding of language and human logic. They can also replicate and deepen the biases embedded in our searches, rather than bringing us new information or insight.

UT iSchool professor Matt Lease earns tenure

Jan. 1, 2015

A University of Texas School of Information faculty member, known for his innovative research and passion for teaching, reached a pinnacle point in his careers recently. Assistant Professor Matt Lease was awarded tenure this winter.

Lease has conducted research in the areas of information retrieval and crowdsourcing over the past five years. Information retrieval is the science of creating new search engine technologies such as Google while crowdsourcing helps engage people online to perform productive, human computation tasks. 

Lease Garners Three Early Career Awards in One Year

Aug. 19, 2013

Assistant Professor Matt Lease has accomplished a rare feat for a young faculty member, securing three prestigious early career awards in one year from federal government agencies. "To receive one career award from a federal funding agency is recognition of early prominence and a strong predictor of future scholarly impact," said Dean Andrew Dillon. "To receive three, all in one year, is unprecedented in my experience.

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