Topic: Search, Enterprise Knowledge Graphs, and Question Answering
Website and enterprise search have come a long way in recent years. Yet, there are still challenges to the effectiveness of search. Rather than creating more sophisticated ranking algorithms to solve common problems, developers are trending toward new retrieval methods.
One approach that's gaining popularity is to supplement keyword search. Enterprise knowledge graphs and neural network-based question answering work better in many instances.
Brett will talk you through modern search practices and uncover the benefits of adapting to new trends.
Who you’ll meet from Squiz
Brett's a leader in enterprise search solutions. His career began at CSIRO where he developed search engine technology and contributed to research on document-level security. He founded Funnelback in 2005 and developed its patented Contextual Navigation system. Over the last 14 years, he and his team have delivered search solutions for government, higher education and private sector organisations across the globe. Recently, as Funnelback's Managing Director, Brett's been instrumental in the company's growth. Talk to him about his plans for Funnelback and his keen new interest in knowledge graphs and natural language question answering.
Liz is our Development Manager and technical all-rounder. She’s been involved in everything from implementation to consulting to project management. Her diverse skills range from front-end development and integration to photography and pottery. Needless to say, Liz loves a new challenge and a creative or technical outlet.
Will is a man of few words. When you do get him talking, you’ll find he’s switched-on, sassy and downright likeable. You won’t ever see Will in a rush. It’s not his style. But, no matter what, you can depend on him to get the job done.
Dave’s building skills are fit for any occasion. By weekday, he’s a front-end developer; constructing handy platforms using standards-compliant code. On the weekend, he turns his hand to home renovation; assembling sheds and fences.
You can depend on Clinton to keep the show on the road. When he’s not providing technical support to keep our customer’s sites up and running, Clinton likes to mix a funky disco beat to get the people of West End on their feet.
About our Developer Community
Our cross-functional group catches up each quarter to talk about all things digital. Come along, and you’ll meet fellow developers, experience designers, solution architects, IT project managers, content and communication strategists - all keen to share their personal views on where we’re headed.
Bring a problem you’ve been working on or raise a concept you’re keen to explore. Our meetup is all about supporting a digital-first Queensland; making sure each one of us has the tools and confidence to thrive.
In the Squiz way - we’ll encourage you to delve into not only the ‘what’, but the ‘why’. Together, we’ll try to find better ways of doing things.
Most importantly, you need to know that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Outside of UX and dev, there’s not much we enjoy more than a good laugh and a chat with like-minded people.