UTCS Corporate Connection/FoCS: "Google Tech Talk on Instant Search," ACES 2.302, Wednesday, September 29, 2010, Time: 4:45pm

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Sep 29, 2010 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Type of Talk: UTCS Corporate Connection/FoCS


iliation: Ben McMahan/Google

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 29, 2

010, 4:45 p.m.

Location: ACES 2.302

Host: FoCS

Talk T

itle: Google Tech Talk on Instant Search + Food, swag, and t-shirts (brin

g your resume!)

Talk Abstract: Ben McMahan, a software engineer on

the Google Instant team, will talk about a few technical challenges in dev

eloping and launching Google Instant Search. Google Instant is a new searc

h enhancement that shows results as you type. We are pushing the limits of

our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, f

aster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read qui

ckly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 m

illiseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. T

his means that you can scan a results page while you type.

Speaker B

io: Ben McMahan is a Software Engineer at Google. He is a core member of th

e team that developed and launched Google Instant. Prior to joining the Goo

gle search team, he developed and launched Google Knol. Ben has also worke

d at Javaground, Inc. where he made several video games for cellphones inc

luding Casino Royale. He has a Master''s Degree from Rice University and a

BA from Wabash College.