The 2017 Distinguished Alumni in Residence Presentation

Susan Dumais ’75 will deliver the 2017 Distinguished Alumni in Residence presentation, “Thinking Outside the (Search) Box,” on Wednesday, February 1, at 7 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. To RSVP, click here

Dumais is a distinguished scientist at Microsoft, deputy managing director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, and an adjunct professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Bates and a Ph.D. in cognitive and mathematical psychology from Indiana University. At Bell Labs she developed Latent Semantic Analysis, a technique for representing the meaning of words by analyzing large collections of text. At Microsoft her research focuses on personalized search, and temporal dynamics of information. She also works closely with several Microsoft groups (Bing, Windows Desktop Search, SharePoint, and Office Online Help) on search-related innovations. She has published more than 250 articles in the fields of information retrieval, human-computer interaction and cognitive science, and holds 50 patents on novel information access and presentation techniques.

Dumais serves on several editorial boards, technical program committees, and government and industry panels. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the CHI Academy, ACM Fellow, and received the ACM Athena Award for fundamental contributions to computer science, the SIGIR Gerard Salton Award for lifetime achievement in information retrieval, the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding contributions to the field of information retrieval, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Science.

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