What does the future hold for search user interfaces? Following on a
recently completed book on this topic, this talk identifies some
important trends in the use of information technology and suggest how
these may affect search in future. This includes is a notable trend
towards more ``natural'' user interfaces, a trend towards social
rather than solo usage of information technology, and a trend in
technology advancing the integration of massive quantities of user
behavior and large-scale knowledge bases. These trends are, or will
be, interweaving in various ways, which will have some interesting
ramifications for search interfaces, and should suggest promising
directions for research.
Dr. Marti Hearst is a professor in the School of Information at the
University of California, Berkeley. She received BA, MS, and PhD
degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was a Member of the
Research Staff at Xerox PARC from 1994 to 1997.
A primary focus of Dr. Hearst's research is user interfaces for search. She just completed the first book on the topic of Search User Interfaces and she has invented or participated in several well-known
search interface projects including the Flamenco project that investigated and the promoted the use of faceted metadata for
collection navigation. Professor Hearst's other research areas include computational linguistics, information visualization, and
analysis of social media. Prof. Hearst has received an NSF CAREER award, an IBM Faculty Award, a Google Research Award, an Okawa Foundation Fellowship, two Excellence in Teaching Awards, and has been principle investigator for more than $3M in research grants.