A University of Minnesota alumnus and three U computer science and engineering professors were awarded the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award at the World Wide Web Conference in Montreal in April for their groundbreaking research on recommender systems. LinkedIn scientist Badrul Sarwar (M.S. ‘98, Ph.D. 01) and Professors George Karypis, Joseph Konstan, and the late John Riedl (posthumously) received the prestigious award for their 2001 paper that is now regarded as the pioneering scholarly reference for recommender systems.
Recommender systems are a type of information filtering that seeks to predict customers’ preferences. Many companies, such as Amazon and Netflix, use them to suggest movies, books, and products to their customers based on previous purchases and preferences.
Last year’s award was given to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page for their world-changing 1998 paper detailing what eventually became the search engine that changed the world.