Department of Computer Science
Harold Frank Hall, Office 5113
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5110
Professor Yang’s recent research is in the fields of information retrieval and search, and cloud systems. His past research includes search engines, scalable web services and middleware, scheduling and runtime support for parallel irregular computation, and parallel sparse matrix algorithms.
Professor Yang joined the Department of Computer Science at UCSB in 1993. His research has been in the areas of parallel and distributed systems, web search/mining, and high performance computing with over 100 refereed papers and patents. He served as Chief Scientist for Ask.com (formally Ask Jeeves) from 2001 to early 2010, and also Senior Vice President of Ask.com as the head of its search engineering division in various periods for the development of Ask.com search engine and vertical products. He was the founding Chief Scientist and Vice President of Research and Development from 2000 to 2001 for Teoma.com. He visited Microsoft Bing for search technology R&D in 2010-2011 and advised Panguso.com on search technology in 2012-2013.