Graham McDonald

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Glasgow

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About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow School of Computing Science, working within the Terrier Team under the supervision of Prof. Iadh Ounis and Dr. Craig Macdonald. I completed my PhD, entitled A Framework for Technology-Assisted Sensitivity Review: Using Sensitivity Classification to Prioritise Documents for Review, in 2019 at the University of Glasgow. I attained a MSci in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow in 2013 and, subsequently, held two full-time Research Assistant positions within the school prior to commencing my PhD studies.

Research Interests

My current research interests are focused on automatically classifying sensitive information in digital government documents, and ranking documents by their likelihood of containing sensitivity. We are developing automatic tools to assist with the sensitivity review process for digital government documents by identifying information that is likely to be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

Publications

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ORCID 0000-0002-1266-5996

PhD Thesis

  • A Framework for Technology-Assisted Sensitivity Review: Using Sensitivity Classification to Prioritise Documents for Review
    Graham McDonald, University of Glasgow, 2019 (PDF)

Conference Publications

  • How Sensitivity Classification Effectiveness Impacts Reviewers in Technology-Assisted Sensitivity Review
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval 2019, (CHIIR 2019) (PDF)
  • Active Learning Strategies for Technology Assisted Sensitivity Review
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the 40th European Conference on Information Retrieval 2018, (ECIR 2018) (PDF)
  • Towards Maximising Openness in Digital Sensitivity Review using Reviewing Time Predictions
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the 40th European Conference on Information Retrieval 2018, (ECIR 2018) (PDF)
  • A Study of SVM Kernel Functions for Sensitivity Classification Ensembles with POS Sequences
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval 2017, (SIGIR 2017) (PDF)
  • Enhancing Sensitivity Classification with Semantic Features using Word Embeddings
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval 2017, (ECIR 2017) (PDF)
  • Using Part-of-Speech N-grams for Sensitive-Text Classification
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR International Conference on The Theory of Information Retrieval 2015, (ICTIR 2015) (PDF)
  • A Framework for Enhanced Text Classification in Sensitivity and Reputation Management
    Graham McDonald. The 6th (BCS-IRSG) Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access 2015, (FDIA 2015) (PDF)
  • Tweet Enrichment for Effective Dimensions Classification in Online Reputation Management
    Graham McDonald, Romain Deveaud, Richard McCreadie, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media 2015, (ICWSM 2015) (PDF)
  • On Using Information Retrieval for the Selection and Sensitivity Review of Digital Public Records
    Timothy Gollins, Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald, and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of Privacy-Preserving IR: When Information Retrieval Meets Privacy and Security, workshop @ SIGIR 2014, (PIR 2014) (PDF)
  • Towards a Classifier for Digital Sensitivity Review
    Graham McDonald, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis, and Timothy Gollins. In Proceedings of the 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval 2014, (ECIR 2014) (PDF)

International Evaluation Forums

  • University of Glasgow at TREC 2015: Experiments with Terrier in Contextual Suggestion, Temporal Summarisation and Dynamic Domain Tracks
    Richard McCreadie, Stuart Mackie, Jarana Manotumruksa, Graham McDonald, Saul Vargas, M-Dyaa Albakour, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of the Text REtrieval Conference 2015, (TREC 2015). (PDF)
  • University of Glasgow Terrier Team / Project Abaca at RepLab 2014: Reputation Dimensions Task
    Graham McDonald, Romain Deveaud, Craig Macdonald, Richard McCreadie, Timothy Gollins and Iadh Ounis. In Proceedings of CLEF 2014: Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum 2014, (CLEF 2014) (PDF)
  • University of Glasgow at Medical Records Track 2011: Experiments with Terrier
    Nut Limsopatham, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis, Graham McDonald, and Matt-Mouley Bouamrane. In Proceedings of the Text REtrieval Conference 2011, (TREC 2011). (PDF)

Activities

Invited Talks

  • Subject Matter Experts Meeting, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization, "Technology-Assisted Sensitivity Review", 2018
  • Machine Learning for Information Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles, "Active Learning Strategies for Technology Assisted Sensitivity Review", 2018
  • Information Management Liaison Group, The National Archives, "Supervised Classification and Presentation Strategies for Assisted Sensitivity Review", 2018
  • Xerox Research Centre Europe, "Sensitivity Classification for Assisting Sensitivity Review of Government Documents", 2017
  • Archives Without Borders Workshop, The National Archives, "An Ensemble Classification Approach Towards Identifying Sensitive Information in Documents", 2017

Committees

Contact

Graham McDonald
F111 Sir Alwyn Williams Building
School of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Email: Graham.McDonald@Glasgow.ac.uk
Twitter: @graham_mcdonald
Telephone: +44(0) 141 330 6292

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