The Challenges of Building an Open Search Engine

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In this talk, engineers at You.com, a privacy focused and customizable search  engine, will discuss various challenges and lessons learned from building an open search engine. We will introduce various concepts and tools that will increase  developer productivity in the future, discussing the promise and pitfalls of integrating generative AI into the developer flow using You.com/YouCode/YouChat as examples. We will then do a deep dive on various challenges building our infrastructure from developers, touching on topics such as building an open platform, ensuring secure UIs, etc.

About Our Speakers

Saahil Jain is an engineer at You.com. At You.com, Saahil builds searching and ranking systems. Previously, Saahil was a graduate researcher in the Stanford Machine Learning Group under Professor Andrew Ng, where he researched topics related to deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) in resource-constrained domains like healthcare. His research work has been published in machine learning conferences such as EMNLP, NeurIPS Datasets & Benchmarks, and ACM-CHIL among others.

Tom Wallenstein works as a full-stack engineer at You.com. Tom is responsible for building robust, performant, and scalable product features and connecting them to the user interface. Tom received his BS in Computer Science from Yale University, where he also conducted research in deep learning and social robotics.

David Li is a Frontend Engineer at You.com, where he primarily works on frontend engineering and the Open Search Platform. Prior to You.com David was a computer science student at the University of Waterloo.

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