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Release: Nov. 30, 1999

Web seminar is Dec. 3 at Tippie College of Business

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business will host a seminar Friday, Dec. 3 focusing on new methods to improve searching for information on the World Wide Web.

The seminar is from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Room W401 in the John Pappajohn Business Building. Speakers will discuss the limitations of existing web search engines and how new technologies and methods can improve the search process.

Seminar speaker Steve Lawrence of the NEC Research Institute says that current search engines do not provide comprehensive and up-to-date indices, and much of the scientific information on the web is poorly organized. His talk will cover accessibility and distribution of information on the web and will describe recent research on two new methods for searching the web.

David A. Eichmann, assistant professor of Information Science at the UI, will discuss challenges faced in finding the relevant information on the web and using existing search engines to extract answers from clusters of documents.

The seminar is part of a semester-long series "Complex Adaptive Systems and Their Business Applications" in the Tippie College of Business. Filippo Menczer, UI assistant professor of management sciences is coordinating the series, which is sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute's 1999 Fellows-At-Large program and by the NCS Corporate Lecture Series.

The final seminar in the series is Dec. 10 and will focus on agents that adapt to user preferences in searching the web.

A complete seminar schedule is available at For further information, contact Menczer at (319) 335-0884.