Partnership with Qwant

Our activities with Qwant:

  • Bilateral contract on “Asynchronous on-line computation of centrality measures” (15 December 2017 – 14 May 2020)

    Participants: Nicolas Allegra, Konstantin Avrachenkov, Patrick Brown.

    Collaborator: Sylvain Peyronnet

    We shall study asynchronously distributed methods for network centrality computation. The asynchronous distributed methods are very useful because they allow efficient and flexible use of computational resources on the one hand (e.g., using a cluster or a cloud) and on the other hand they allow quick local update of centrality measures without the need to recompute them from scratch.

  • PIA ANSWER: Advanced aNd Secured Web Experience and seaRch (15 November 2017 – 31 December 2020)
    Coordinator: QWANT

    Participants from NEO: Konstantin Avrachenkov, Abhishek Bose, Kishor Yashavant Patil.

    Others Partners: Inria Project-Teams WIMMICS, INDES, COFFEE

    ANSWER is a joint project between QWANT and Inria, funded by the French Government’s initiative PIA “Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir”.
    The aim of the ANSWER project is to develop the new version of the search engine by introducing radical innovations in terms of search criteria as well as indexed content and security. This initiative is a part of the Big Data Big Digital Challenges field, since a Web search engine deals with large volumes of heterogeneous and dynamic data.
    Of the five characteristics of big data, the ANSWER project will focus more particularly on the aspects of Velocity in terms of near real-time processing of results, and Variety for the integration of new indicators (emotions, sociality, etc.) and meta-data. The Volume, Value and Veracity aspects will necessarily be addressed jointly with these first ones and will also be the subject of locks, especially on the topics of crawling and indexing.
    This registration of the search engine in the Big Data domain will only be reinforced by developments in the Web such as the Web of data, and generally by the current trend to integrate the Web of increasingly diverse, rich and complex resources.

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