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Brent Wenerstrom Recent Grad Spotlight

Brent Wenerstrom completed his PhD on July 25, 2012. His area of emphasis was automatic summarization especially in the area of search result summaries. Through his dissertation he proposed several advances including new approaches for text selection, color-coded highlighting and preserving structure. In user surveys users were more accurate using the proposed summaries over summaries from Google and Bing for the same web pages.

Brent has accepted a position with Amazon in Seattle. He will be working with the Item Data Quality team to improve the Amazon catalog of over 1 billion items.

Outside of school Brent both collects and plays board games. His collection contains 120+ games including some of his favorites Dominion, Tichu and Agricola.

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