Douglas W. Oard

Douglas W. Oard

Douglas W. Oard

Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Hornbake Bldg, South Wing, Room 2118F
(301) 405-7590
(301) 314-9145


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests

  • Use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users
  • Cross-language information retrieval and speech retrieval
  • Techniques for search and sense-making in conversational media


Research Projects: 

Safely Searching Among Sensitive Content

Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard
Investigator: Katie Shilton
Research Area:

When using today’s search engines, people can not yet search some government records or unprocessed archives because of intermixed information that may need to be protected. This is a direct consequence from current search engines only being able to protect sensitive content if that sensitive content has been marked in advance. This project will address this challenge by creating a new class of search algorithms that are designed to balance the searcher's interest in finding relevant content with the content provider's interest in protecting sensitive content.

Doctoral Fellowships Supporting Research on Coherence at Scale

Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard

University of Maryland College of Information Studies administered a pre-doctoral fellowship that will support the independent dissertation research that supports the Coherence at Scale Project to their student Ning Gao.