cal.jpgA good story from CNET about how UC Berkeley is trying to revamp its search technology academic offerings, and a summary of the latest search start-ups to emerge from other universities such as Stanford. Efforts like this will help Silicon Valley keep its lead in search.

The University of California at Berkeley is creating an interdisciplinary center for advanced search technologies and is in talks with search giants including Google to join the project, CNET News.com has learned…

…U.C. Berkeley, birthplace of early search highflier Inktomi and the school where Google CEO Eric Schmidt got his computer science doctoral degree, is bringing together roughly 20 faculty members from various departments to cross-pollinate work on search technology, said Robert Wilensky, the center’s director. The principal areas of focus: privacy, fraud, multimedia search and personalization.