SICSA DVF: Professor Edgar Chavez “The Metric Approach to Reverse Searching”

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Date(s) - 05/12/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jack Cole Building JC1.33a

We are pleased to welcome Professor Edgar Chavez to the University of St Andrews on Tuesday 5 December to give a talk on the “The Metric Approach to Reverse Searching”

Searching for complex objects (e.g. images, faces, audio or video), is an everyday problem in computer science, motivated by many applications. Efficient algorithms are demanded for reverse searching, also known as query by content, in large repositories. Current industrial solutions are ad hoc, domain-dependant, hardware intensive and have limited scaling. However, those disparate domains can be modelled, for indexing and searching, as a metric space. This model has been championed to become a solution to generic proximity searching problems. In practice, however, the metric space approach has been limited by the amount of main memory available.

In this talk we will explore the main ideas behind this technology, present a successful example in audio indexing and retrieval.

The application scales well for large amounts of audio because the representation is quite compact and the full audio streams are not needed for indexing and searching.

Edgar Chavez is one of the “founding fathers” of the discipline of similarity search. He is widely respected within that community as one of the brightest minds, and is a clear and insightful speaker. The topic is becoming ever more important as data size, complexity and requirements increase; this talk will give a generic overview of the core principles, and diverge into a few case studies of successful application.

He received his Phd from the Center for Mathematical Research in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1999. He founded the information retrieval group at Universidad Michoacana where he worked until 2012. After a brief period in the Institute of Mathematics in UNAM, he joined the computer science department in CICESE in 2013, where he founded the data science group. His main research interest include access and retrieval of data and data representation, such as fingerprints and point clouds. In 2009 he obtained the Thompson-Reuters award for having the most cited paper in computer science in Mexico and Latin America. In 2008 he co-funded, with Gonzalo Navarro, the conference Similarity Search and Applications, which is an international reference in the area. He has published more than 100 scientific contributions, with about 3500 citations in google scholar.

The host of this Distinguished Visiting Fellow is Professor Richard Connor.  If you are interested in attending this talk please contact Professor Connor

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