Vanessa Murdock is a research scientist at Yahoo! Research, based in Barcelona, Spain. She currently leads the geographic context and experience research group. Her current research focus is on geographic scope and intent, place name disambiguation, and leveraging user-generated content and click data. She has also worked on image and video retrieval, as well as the retrieval of short texts, such as the meta-data associated with images and video, as well as sponsored search and contextual advertising. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 2006.