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UI School of Library and Information Science wins $60,000 grant from Rockwell International

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science has received a $60,000 grant from Rockwell International to research and develop a high-tech search engine for the World Wide Web.

While several tools already exist to search the Web, most of them possess simple interfaces that make them universally appealing. Rockwell's grant money is being used to support a new and sophisticated technique called the "Adaptive Web Agent for Environmental Scanning." Rockwell expects its scientists to benefit from the tool, which will enable intelligent and efficient exploration of the Web.

"The Adaptive Web Agent will have three basic abilities," said Padmini Srinivasan, director of the School of Library and Information Science and the principal investigator of this two-year research project. "First, the agent will scan and identify relevant information according to user profiles. Second, the agent will be able to remove irrelevant entries from retrieved results. Finally, the relevant information will be automatically summarized and routed to the relevant user group."

Industries are expected to embrace the results of the Adaptive Web Agent, as it will increase employee productivity by reducing the amount of time and effort spent in searching for the most relevant and timely information.

Rockwell is a global electronic controls and communications company with leadership positions in industrial automation, avionics and communications, and electronic commerce. In late June, Rockwell announced that it planned to spin off to shareowners its Semiconductor Systems business at the end of the year. Rockwell's continuing businesses will have projected fiscal 1998 sales of approximately $7 billion and 38,000 employees.

For more information about the UI project, contact Srinivasan at (319) 335-5708.