Research and Teaching Page of William Webber

Hi! Up until July 2013, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the e-discovery lab of the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was working on NSF IIS Program #1065250, Development and Evaluation of Search Technology for Discovery of Evidence in Civil Litigation, under the direction of Doug Oard and colleagues.

I completed by PhD thesis at the University of Melbourne in 2010, under the supervision of Alistair Moffat and Justin Zobel. You may like to look at my resume. My personal page may also be of interest to you.

I am now working as an private consultant in e-discovery, information retrieval, and text analysis.


My research interests include Information Retrieval for Civil Litigation (E-Discovery); Experimental and Evaluation Methodology for Information Retrieval; and Distributed Information Retrieval.

I keep a research blog on evaluation, information retrieval, computer science, and information technology.

PhD Thesis

Measurement in Information Retrieval Evaluation, September 2010.


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In First Semester, 2014, I taught COMP90042, Web Search and Text Analysis at the University of Melbourne.

In Spring 2012, I taught LBSC 690, Information Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In 2010, I taught 433297, Programming the Machine in first semester, at the University of Melbourne.

In 2009, I co-taught 433467, Text and Document Management, in first semester, at the University of Melbourne.


William Webber