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Title: Head of Yahoo Labs Israel and India
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology
Yoelle Maarek is a VP of research at Yahoo and serves as the head of Yahoo Labs in Israel and India. The teams in India and Israel conduct research around web search and data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, computational advertising, distributed systems, and computer science theory. They impact multiple products such as Yahoo Mail, Answers, Search, etc. Prior to this, Yoelle was the Director of Google Haifa Engineering Center, which she opened in 2006 and grew to close to 40 staff members. There, she led the team in charge of "Suggest," Google's query completion feature deployed on google.com and YouTube worldwide. From 1989 to 2006, Yoelle was with IBM Research, first in the US, and then in Israel, where she held a number of technical and management positions, eventually leading the search and collaboration department and becoming a Distinguished Engineer. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Technion, in Haifa, Israel, in 1989, during her PhD studies, she spent a year at Columbia University in New York as a visiting PhD student. She graduated from the "Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees" in Paris, France, and received her DEA (graduate degree) in Computer Science from Paris VI University, both in 1985. Yoelle's research interests include information retrieval, Web search, Web mining and Web applications. She has published over 65 articles in these fields and is active in the research community. She has served as regular or senior PC member at most recent SIGIR, WWW and WSDM conferences, as PC co-chair of WWW'2009, WSDM'2012 and SIGIR'2012. She is currently serving as Senior PC member for WWW'2014, SIGIR'2014 . Yoelle is a member of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology Board of Governors and an ACM Fellow.