Search engine

A 26-year-old PhD student from the University of New South Waleshas patented a new way of exploring the web.



Ori Allon’s so-called Orion search engine is designed to complement searches conducted on services such as Google, Yahoo or MSN Search.


Search engines find pages on which keywords occur. Sometimes these pages are important to the topic. Other times they are not.


Orion finds pages where the content is about a topic strongly related to the key word. It then returns a section of the page, and lists other topics related to the key word so the user can pick the most relevant.


“The results to the query are displayed immediately in the form of expanded text extracts, giving you the relevant information without having to go to the website – although you still have that option if you wish,” said Israeli-born Allon, who completed a Bachelor and Masters degree at MonashUniversity in Melbourne before moving to UNSW for his PhD.


“By displaying results to other associated key words directly related to your search topic, you gain additional pertinent information that you might not have originally conceived, thus offering an expert search without having an expert’s knowledge,” he added.


“Take a search such as the American Revolution as an example of how the system works. Orion would bring up results with extracts containing this phrase. But it would also give results for American History, George Washington, American Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, Boston Tea Party and more. You obtain much more valuable information from every search.”



Andrew Stead of New South Innovations, the technology transfer company within UNSW, says he is confident that Orion will fill a gap in the market noted by Microsoft founder William Gates.


“Bill Gates was recently quoted in Forbes magazine as saying that we need to take the search way beyond how people think of it today. We believe that Orion will do that,” he said.


Some companies have already shown some initial interest in implementing Orion for commercial use, according to Allon.