Jan Pedersen
Chief Scientist for Core Search, Microsoft

Jan O. Pedersen is currently Chief Scientist for Core Search at Microsoft.

Pedersen began his career at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he managed a research program on information access technologies. In 1996 he joined Verity (recently purchased by Autonomy) to manage their advanced technology program. In 1998 Dr. Pedersen joined Infoseek/Go Network, a first generation Internet search engine, as Director of Search and Spidering. In 2002 he joined Alta Vista as Chief Scientist. Alta Vista has later acquired acquired by Yahoo!, where Dr. Pedersen served as Chief Scientist for the Search and Advertising Technology Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Pedersen was Chief Scientist at A9, an Amazon company.

Dr. Pedersen holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University and a AB in Statistics from Princeton University. He is credited with more than ten issued patents and has authored more than twenty refereed publications on information access topics, seven of which are in the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) proceedings.