He became a Senior Research Scientist at NEC Research Institute.
He is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Google where he developed Google Desktop.
Dr. Lawrence's professional service includes being program committee co-chair for WWW 2003, program committee vice chair for WWW 2002, co-chair for workshops at AAAI and WWW, a program committee member for conferences including WWW, CIKM, and NIPS, and a reviewer for many journals including Science and Nature.
Dr. Lawrence's research interests include information retrieval, digital libraries, and machine learning. He has published over 50 papers in these areas, including articles in Science, Nature, CACM, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by over 100 news organizations including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and NPR. Hundreds of articles about his research have appeared worldwide in over 10 different languages.