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Monday, August 12 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
IPE 1: To Buy or Not to BuyThat is the Question - Oren Etzioni

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Abstract: Shopping can be decomposed into three basic questions: what, where, and when to buy? In this talk, Ill describe how we utilize advanced data-mining and text-mining techniques at Decide.com (and earlier at Farecast) to solve these problems for on-line shoppers. Our algorithms have predicted prices utilizing billions of data points, and ranked products based on millions of reviews. Bio: Oren Etzioni received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon in 1991. He is the WRF Entrepreneurship Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington. Oren is the author of over 200 technical papers, cited over 18,000 times. He received the NSF Young Investigator Award in 1993, and was selected as a AAAI Fellow a decade later. In 2007, he received the Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award for long-standing technical and entrepreneurial contributions to Artificial Intelligence. Oren is the founder of three companies focused on increased transparency for shoppers. His first company, Netbot, was the first online comparison shopping company (acquired by Excite in 1997). His second company, Farecast, advised travelers when to buy their air tickets. Farecast was acquired by Microsoft in 2008 and became the foundation for Bing Travel. Decide.com, founded in 2010, utilizes cutting-edge data-mining methods to minimize buyers remorse. In 2013, Oren was chosen as the Geek of the Year by a vote of the Seattle Tech. Community.

Monday August 12, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT

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