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From Ignacio Vera <>
Subject Re: Welcome Alessandro Benedetti as a Lucene/Solr committer
Date Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:36:33 GMT
Welcome Alessandro!

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 3:21 PM Namgyu Kim <> wrote:

> 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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