UT Search (preview at: http://search.utwente.nl) is powered by Searsia, a novel federated search protocol and implementation that combines the results of many (potentially thousands) of independent search engines. Searsia provides an alternative to traditional search engines that need to crawl the web to make an index. Searsia does not crawl the web at all, but completely relies on learning automatically what kind of queries each independent search engine answers.
Search is the killer app of the world wide web, and might very well be the internet's most profitable application. Search is the backbone of many on-line smart services, and can serve the other Living Smart Campus initiatives by intelligently answering questions taking the user's context and sensor data into account, for instance: "When is my next exam?", "Can I meet prof. Evers?", "Latest news solar team", "Wheather on campus", "Where is the lecture Lab on a chip?", "Publications by Van Steen", "Telephone number of prof. Blank", "Latest MIRA magazine", etc., etc. As the ultimate goal, we envision UT Search as a single central entry point of all Living Smart Campus services, acting like the mythical Star Trek computer, answering questions about everything on campus. The UT and the Living Smart Campus services will be a testing ground to further develop our Federated Search approaches (research), as well as train students in search engine technology (teaching).
UT Search is the result of research of several PhD students of the Database Group, as well as an ongoing cooperation with the University of Ghent and Yahoo Research, London. UT Search will be launched officially in April 2016 in close cooperation with UT Marketing & Communication. Searsia is a UT spin-off founded by Djoerd Hiemstra and Dolf Trieschnigg (More info at: http://searsia.org shortly).