The Birth of Search-So —— The Exclusive Search Engine for DKU

Kaiyuan Lou is a student of Data Science at Kunshan Duke University (DKU), class of 2024. He founded the Search-So project intending to provide a convenient information retrieval tool for teachers and students at DKU. Initially, he was solely responsible for development under the guidance of Professor Jiang Long. Gradually, he attracted more and more like-minded partners to join the team. As the project proceeded, they further discovered that what they were trying to solve was not just a purely technical problem, but a “darkness under the lamp” problem that is commonly found in many organizations: how to adapt internal resource websites and shared service systems to meet specific needs of users, improve information retrieval efficiency, and plan layouts reasonably? Thus, the business prospects, extended value and potential of this student project gradually emerged.