April 22nd, 2014
Stephen Robertson, currently of Microsoft Research in London and Professor Emeritus at City University in London, has contributed much to the world of information science throughout the course of his 40+ year career.
Born in 1946 and raised in London, England, Robertson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Trinity College in Cambridge in 1967. The next year, he earned a MSc in Information Science from City University in London, followed by a PhD in Library and Information Studies in 1976 from University College in London. While earning his PhD, Robertson worked as a research officer at ASLIB, and was a Royal Society Scientific Information Research Fellow at University College London from 1973 – 1978.
The Royal Society Research Fellowship was the first of many awards and fellowships earned throughout his career, including an Institute of Information Scientists Fellowship in 1979, a Fulbright Award in 1981, the Tony Kent Strix award from the Institute of Information Scientists in 1998, the Gerard Salton Award from ACM SIGIR in 2000, and a Girton College Fellowship in 2003.
Robertson has also held many teaching positions at institutions such as University of California, Berkeley, City University in London, and University College, also in London. He began his career at City University in London as a lecturer, eventually became Head of the Information Science department, and is currently Professor Emeritus there. In addition to his duties as a professor, Robertson is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Robertson’s research contributions include the creation of a research center at City University, evaluation experiments in information retrieval, contributions to the probabilistic modelling of information retrieval and the design of retrieval systems, and the leadership of a group at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
As a result of his contributions in the Information Science field, Robertson has been invited to lecture at schools and conferences internationally. He has been a keynote speaker at events such as the 2005 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), the 2007 European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), Information Interaction in Context (IIiX) 2008, the SIGIR 2009 Evaluation Workshop, and the ECIR 2010 Contextual Information Retrieval workshop.