Dr Craig Macdonald is a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has worked on effective & efficient models and approaches for a variety for information retrieval
tasks. His early research focused on models for identifying persons with relevant expertise within
organisations. More recently, he has embraced research of social media (blogs, tweets etc.), as
well as efficient search, learning to rank and information retrieval evaluation. Dr Macdonald coordinates the development of the Terrier open source information retrieval (IR) platform, which has been downloaded over 32,000 times by academic, government and industrial institutions worldwide. I have disseminated my research within premier international IR conferences (e.g.SIGIR, CIKM, ECIR, WSDM) and journals (e.g. TOIS, IRJ, IPM). Finally, as part of Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) – a renowned international forum for evaluating search engines – he has co-led the creation of evaluation methodologies and standard testbeds, firstly for the Blog (2006-2010), Microblog (2011-2012) and Web tracks (2014), which are dedicated to blog, real-time and Web search, respectively, in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), Univ. of Maryland/Twitter (USA), & Microsoft Research (USA).

Lecture: Information Retrieval Infrastructures