Blair received an MPhys in Physics with Satellite Technology from the University of Surrey, followed by a PhD from Imperial College London in the field of experimental searches for WIMP Dark Matter. During this period, he worked on both the ZEPLIN-II and ZEPLIN-III experiments leading the development of the analysis workflows for data from two-phase liquid xenon detectors. He continued this work with the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment whilst a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University, leading the Data Analysis Working Group during the production of the world-leading WIMP sensitivity from the experiments first run. In parallel to this, Blair carried out significant hardware tasks, both for the ZEPLIN and LUX detectors as well as liquid xenon R&D in the lab at Yale.
Blair joined IBM at the start of 2016 as a Research Staff Member leading the Data Technologies group at the Hartree Center, Daresbury (UK). As an IBMer, Blair’s focus is on the application and utility of Big Data, Internet of Things and Cognitive technologies in a range of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, transport and telecommunications. The group’s current focus areas are around big geospatial data and process analytics, as well as looking ahead to the challenges surrounding future massive data workflows.