NYU-Poly Researchers Awarded DARPA Contract to Explore the Deep Web

Researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering are developing methods to explore hard-to-find information on the Web — both on the surface and on the deep Web, the realm not indexed by standard commercial search engines.

Juliana Freire, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded $3.6 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of itsMemex program, a "three-year research effort to develop software that will enable domain-specific indexing of open, public Web content and domain-specific search capabilities." DARPA's initial goal with Memex is to fight human trafficking, by tracking criminals' use of the Web to attract customers.

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