Yahoo! is venturing into new territories, with the help of one of most well known search scientists in the world. Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates will be working with Yahoo! in new offices in Santiago and in Barcelona.
Yahoo! Research is moving into Santiago, Chile, after signing an agreement on January 9th with Universidad de Chile to open a new research center.
The research center will be run in collaboration with the Center for Web Research (CWR) , which focuses upon different aspects of research on the web. Present from Yahoo! at the announcement of the agreement were Dr. Usama Fayyad, Data chief and Sr. Vice President at Yahoo!, Dr. Prabhakar Raghavan, Director of Yahoo! Research and Roberto Alonso, Vice President and Management Director of Yahoo! for Latin America.
Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates has been hired by Yahoo! to be in charge of the research center in Santiago, as well as another in Barcelona, Spain. He has been the director of the CWR, and is very well known in the search community as the co-author of Modern Information Retrieval and many academic texts on data mining, information retrieval, and search.
The Barcelona office will be run in conjunction with the Centre d’Innovació Barcelona Media, which is part of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a school that Professor Baeza-Yates is associated with, and he will run both offices from Barcelona.