I am a post doctorate researcher at the University of Glasgow. I completed my PhD in 2009 under the supervision of Dr. Iadh Ounis. My thesis was titled The Voting Model for People Search.
I am interested in information retrieval (IR) in Web, Enterprise, social settings. I regularly participate in TREC, and jointly co-ordinated the TREC Blog track from 2006-2010, and the Microblog track (from 2011-).
You may know of me as being involved in Terrier. Indeed, I am a lead developer for the Terrier IR platform, and also use Terrier in my research publications. The TerrierTeam and I also blog over at the TerrierTeam@Blogspot, and occasionally chat about IR on Twitter @craig_macdonald.
Together with my colleagues Iadh Ounis and Dyaa Albakour, I am involved in the SMART FP7 project (Search engine for multimedia environment generated content), which aims to build a search engine for content from sensor networks, combined with recent local updates from social networks such as Twitter. The SMART project received much press coverage, including from the BBC, the Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, and the Scotsman.
I was co-chair and Workshop chair of CIKM 2011, which was recently held in Glasgow (October 2011). In the more distant past, I have been involved in the organisation ESSIR 2007, and chaired the industry day for ECIR 2008, both of which were also held in Glasgow. I am also a member of BCS IRSG and ACM SIGIR.
Several years ago, Colin Baird, one of my friends in the sailing club, (with help from some of his mates) did the Subway Challenge. We've put more info on my Subway Challenge page.