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
Computer Science at the Australasian
Science Week 2005.
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email: david.hawking @ acm dot org