Ricardo Baeza-Yates

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Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Ricardo Baeza-Yates portrait.jpg
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
University of Chile
AwardsACM Fellow
IEEE Fellow
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Data Science
Northeastern University
Yahoo! Labs
Pompeu Fabra University
University of Chile
Doctoral advisorGaston Gonnet
Doctoral studentsEduardo Barbosa, Gonzalo Navarro, Jesus Vegas, Edgar Chavez, Carlos Castillo, Claudine Badue, Marcelo Mendoza, Alvaro Pereira Jr., Omar Alonso, Barbara Poblete, Ilaria Bordino, Victor Pascual, Ximena Olivares, Cristina Gonzalez-Caro, Liliana Calderon-Benavides, Hossein Vahabi, Diego Saez-Trumper, Luz Rello, Luca Chiarandini, Michele Trevisiol, Ruth Garcia-Gavilanes, Janette Lehmann, Eduardo Graells-Garrido, Yasir Mehmood, Cigdem Aslay, Zeinab Liaghat, Lorena Recalde, Ioanna Tsalouchidou

Ricardo A. Baeza-Yates (born March 21, 1961) is a Chilean-Spanish computer scientist and currently CTO of NTENT, a semantic search company in South California.[1] He is also part-time professor of Northeastern University at the Silicon Valley campus where is director for graduate data science programs. Until February 2016, he was VP of Research for Yahoo! Labs, leading teams in United States, Europe and Latin America.[2]

He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo with Efficient Text Searching, supervised by Gaston Gonnet and granted in 1989.[3]

His research interests include:

  • Algorithms and data structures. His contributions[4] include algorithms for string search such as the Shift Or Algorithm and algorithms for Fuzzy string searching, inspiring[5] also the Bitap algorithm ; co-author of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures ISBN 0-201-14218-X with his former Ph.D. advisor Gaston Gonnet,
  • Information retrieval. Co-author of Modern Information retrieval Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-201-39829-X, first edition in 1999 and a second edition in 2011 that won the 2012 book of the year award of the Association for Information Science and Technology.[6]
  • Web search and mining. Baeza-Yates founded in 2002 and directed until 2005 the Center for Web Research in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Chile,

Dr. Baeza-Yates was awarded one of the Spanish national Computer Science awards in 2018[7] as well as the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation by the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2007. In August 2008, Dr. Baeza-Yates was proposed for the first time to the Chilean National Prize in Applied Sciences (Premio Nacional de Ciencias Aplicadas)[citation needed]. He has been proposed again most of even years when this award is given. He is corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2003),[8] founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering (2010), and corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2018). He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2009).[9] and an IEEE Fellow (2011).[10]


  1. ^ "Former Yahoo! Chief Research Scientist Joins NTENT". Business Wire. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ Baker, Loren (23 January 2006). "Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates Leading Yahoo Labs in Chile & Spain". Search Engine Journal. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ Ricardo A. Baeza-Yates at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "dblp: Ricardo A. Baeza-Yates". DBLP Computer Science Bibliography. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ Baeza-Yates, Ricardo; Gonnet, Gaston (1992). "A New Approach to Text Searching". Communications of ACM (first Published at SIGIR 1989).
  6. ^ "ASIS&T Book of the Year award winners". Association for Information Science and Technology. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ News of the three 2018 national computer science awards of the Spanish CS Society
  8. ^ Member profile, Chilean Academy of Sciences, retrieved 2013-02-14.
  9. ^ ACM Fellow award citation, retrieved 2013-02-14.
  10. ^ "Introducing the 2011 Fellows: The IEEE Fellows class for 2011 has been announced", The Institute, IEEE, 7 March 2011, archived from the original on 26 September 2013.

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