Last updated on: Fri Mar 2 17:30:48 GMT-8 2007
Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with with Google, or any internet searching company. The title of the page is just meant to draw your attention. Guess I got it :-D
This page is meant to assist students in planning a course/career path in search engine development and research while at SoC. Following the highlights here would also help you to secure a research project with one of the PIs (including myself) who work in information retrieval (IR) related fields. I got the idea of writing this page after I heard that Google will set up a research office here in Singapore. I noticed that there are students who are interested in this opportunity but have not really planned out how they might go about it. Here's my informal advice (again, my personal views, not the ones reflected by my employers. Also, note that I teach and research in this field so I have a vested interest in promoting students to try these avenues. Consider it a slightly shameful self-plug). There are many different paths to such companies, but I'm only writing about the routes that I know. Caveat emptor.
If you are interested doing research (not just coding), you have to go farther than this. If you are just starting out in SoC, I would recommend taking up the special programme in Information Retrieval SIG. Later undergraduates who qualify can consider doing a UROP/HYP in a related area to information retrieval. For advanced undergraduates, I recommend the following coursework (I'm only listing the final courses, you'll have to trace through the prerequisite tree).