Peter Mika


Semantic Search at Yahoo

Starting in 2008 with the introduction of “rich” snippets that incorporate structured data from result pages, Yahoo has been a pioneer in extending search functionality from pure document retrieval to search over structured data or “knowledge”. In this talk, we review the history of semantic search at Yahoo and developments across the broader industry. We also look ahead to highlight the potential of semantic search and discuss the research challenges that have surfaced and remain unsolved.


Since April 2015 Peter Mika is the director of Semantic Search at Yahoo Labs, London, UK. Before, he has worked as a senior research scientist at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, and before as a researcher in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL, where he also received his PhD.

Director, Semantic Search, Yahoo Labs