David Hawking

David Hawking

My new personal homepage is at david-hawking.net. I now work for the Funnelback enterprise search company in the role of Chief Scientist. Funnelback is a CSIRO spinoff company.

Until 02 July 2008 I was a researcher in the CSIRO ICT Centre and Science Leader for the Information Retrieval area. I am currently a CSIRO Visitor.

My interests lie in the areas of Information Retrieval and Web Search. I am particularly interested in search evaluation in realistic contexts, distributed search techniques, enterprise/intranet search, improvement of search through exploitation of context, personal search and search efficiency. I am a member of the editorial board for the Information Retrieval journal (INRT).

From 1996-2003 I was a coordinator of VLC and Web tracks in the annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC).  The activities of these tracks are summarised in Chapter 9 of the new MIT Press book (Ellen M. Voorhees and Donna K. Harman (Ed.s), TREC - Experiment and Evaluation in Information Retrieval, Search for ISBN 0262220733 to find it on the Web.)

I was a Program Chair of ACM SIGIR in 2003 and again in 2006.  I hold an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchatel and was awarded the Chris Wallace prize for Computer Science at the Australasian Computer Science Week 2005.


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