Wizards Index


Conference presentations about search and retrieval, text mining, and content processing are often little more than sales pitches. In the last 30 years, I’ve met a number of people who have made significant contributions to information retrieval. What I want to do is periodically interview some of the more interesting “search wizards”. Most of these people do not think of themselves as “wizards”. Most work diligently to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. Search is a complicated discipline, and it is a full-time job to keep up with developments. Check this page for new interviews or watch for postings on the Beyond Search Web log.

Last updated January 29, 2013

Interview Subject Company Date of Interview
Seth Grimes Alta Plana June 9, 2010
Quentin Gallivan Aster Data September 22, 2010
Ali Riaz Attivio May 26, 2008
Andrew Kanter Autonomy November 18, 2008
Fernando Lucini Autonomy November 15, 2010
Guy Mounier BA-Insight February 2, 2009
Antonio S. Valderrábanos Bitext March 20, 2013
Antonio S. Valderrábanos Bitext April 14, 2008
Alan Feuer, Ph.D. Blossom Software February 18, 2008
James Zubok Brainware March 31, 2008
William Bushee BrightPlanet October 6, 2009
Hans-Christian Brockmann Brox IT-Solutions GmbH December 5, 2008
Bjørn Laukli Comperio May 28, 2009
Bjørn Laukli Comperio May 31, 2012
Laurent Simoneau Coveo Solutions Inc. March 11, 2008
Russ Couturier Cybertap December 4, 2012
Laurent Couillard Dassault Exalead June 28, 2011
François Bourdoncle Dassault Exalead May 3, 2011
Abe Lederman Deep Web Technologies June 10, 2008
Tim Estes Digital Reasoning February 2, 2010
Tim Estes Digital Reasoning (2) December 7, 2010
Ric Upton Digital Reasoning (3) September 20, 2011
Craig Bassin EasyAsk November 16, 2010
Sam Brooks EBSCO Publishing Januaryr 18, 2011
Pete Bell Endeca March 17, 2008
Nicolas Maquaire EntropySoft March 25, 2009
François Bourdoncle Exalead February 25, 2008
Benno Nieswand Exorbyte November 10, 2009
Luca Scagliarini Expert System December 18, 2008
François Schiettecatte FS Consulting June 2, 2009
David Hawking Funnelback July 28, 2008
Emeka Akaezuwa Gaviri Technologies September 8, 2009
Riza C. Berkan Hakia August 12, 2008
Bill Dimm Hot Neuron March 23, 2010
Oleg Shilovitsky Inforbix November 3, 2010
Iqbal & Zubair Talib Intelligenx May 12, 2008
Franz Kögl IntraFind AG July 10, 2012
Martin White Intranet Focus November 10, 2008
Ian Davies ISYS Search Software March 5, 2008
Scott Coles ISYS Search Software December 1, 2008
Stefan Andreasen Kapow Software December 14, 2010
Tom Reamy KAPS Group February 19, 2013
David Chaplin Kroll April 28, 2008
Charlie Hull Lemur Consulting July 8, 2008
Mark Bennett LucidWorks March 4, 2013
Miles Kehoe LucidWorks January 29, 2013
Paul Doscher LucidWorks April 16, 2012
Brian Pinkerton LucidWorks December 21, 2010
Marc Krellenstein Lucid Imagination March 17, 2009
Dave Kellogg Mark Logic June 17, 2008
Sergei Ananyan Megaputer June 23, 2008
Daniel Fallmann Mindbreeze September 3, 2009
Miles Kehoe New Idea Engineering July 21, 2008
David Seuss Northern Light June 2, 2008
Raphel Pereze OpenSearchServer October 31, 2011
Ken Ebert Perfect Search November 25, 2008
Olivier Lefassy PolySpot May 19, 2008
Christopher Ahlberg Recorded Future April 5, 2011
Mike Sorah Rosoka November 21, 2012
Runar Buvik Searchdaimon October 9, 2012
Feivi Arnstein SearchLion August 2, 2011
Kamran Khan Search Technologies March 15, 2011
Jean-Luc Marini Search’XPR June 18, 2013
Richard Padley Semantico January 19, 2009
Oleg Rogynskyy Semantria October 22, 2013
Otis Gospodnetic Sematext September 15, 2010
Mats Bjore Silobreaker June 12, 2008
Luc Manigot Sinequa February 25, 2013
Jean Ferré Sinequa April 21, 2008
David Patterson Sophia Search March 1, 2011
Ana Athayde Spotter August 16, 2011
Alex Zivkovic Sprylogics August 4, 2008
Chen Li & Dev Bhatia SRCH2 June 4, 2013
Søren Pallesen SurfRay September 29, 2009
Michael Weiner Technology Innovations January 6, 2009
Jerry Lucas Telestrategies November 14, 2011
Jerry Lucas Telestrategies January 15, 2013
John Turnbull Thunderstone April 7, 2008
Christopher Westphal Visual Analytics November 6, 2012
Raul Valdes-Perez & Jerome Pesenti Vivísimo March 24, 2008
Norbert Weitkämper Weitkämper Technology January 12, 2009
Dinesh Vadhia Xyggy January 25, 2011
Johannes Scholtes ZyLAB May 5, 2008