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From Namgyu Kim <>
Subject Re: Welcome Alessandro Benedetti as a Lucene/Solr committer
Date Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:21:15 GMT
Congrats and welcome! Alessandro :D

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 11:10 PM Michael Sokolov <> wrote:

> Welcome Alessandro!
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 3:25 PM Alessandro Benedetti <>
> wrote:
>> Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!
>> I already know most of you but for all the others here's my brief bio :)
>> I am Italian (possibly the only other italian in addition to Tommaso) and
>> I have been living in the UK for the last 7 years.
>> I am currently based in London.
>> I started working with Apache Solr back in 2010 (and a few months later
>> with Apache Lucene), my first project was a search API that translated the
>> Verity query language to Lucene syntax, at the time I was a junior software
>> engineer with a background in Information Retrieval research at Roma3
>> university.
>> Since then I have explored a lot of different use cases for Apache
>> Lucene/Solr and I spent more and more time studying and working with the
>> internals, across various companies and positions.
>> My favourite projects in my career have been the design and
>> implementation of a Semantic Search engine called Sensify (when I was
>> working in a small and cohesive R&D team in Zaizi, with spanish friends and
>> colleagues from Seville), the Apache Solr Learning To Rank plugin from
>> Bloomberg (and integrations/applications) and the Rated Ranking Evaluator
>> project (an Open Source library for Search Quality Evaluation we
>> contributed back to the community).
>> In 2016 I founded my own company, Sease where we try to build a bridge
>> between Academia and the industry through Open Source software in the
>> domain of Information Retrieval.
>> As David mentioned my main areas of contribution in Apache Lucene/Solr
>> have been the More Like This, the Learning To Rank plugin, Synonyms
>> expansion and the Suggester component.
>> I have a lot of ideas in my to do list, so stay tuned, we'll have a lot
>> to discuss and innovate !
>> It is a pleasure to join this group and I am sure we'll do great things
>> together :)
>> Cheers
>> --------------------------
>> Alessandro Benedetti
>> Search Consultant, R&D Software Engineer, Director
>> On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 13:00, David Smiley <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Please join me in welcoming Alessandro Benedetti as the latest
>>> Lucene/Solr committer!
>>> Alessandro has been contributing to Lucene and Solr in areas such as
>>> More Like This, Synonym boosting, and Suggesters, and other areas for
>>> years.  Furthermore he's been a help to many users on the solr-user mailing
>>> list and has helped others through his blog posts and presentations about
>>> search.  We look forward to his future contributions.
>>> Congratulations and welcome!  It is a tradition to introduce yourself
>>> with a brief bio, Alessandro.
>>> ~ David Smiley
>>> Apache Lucene/Solr Search Developer

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