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Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland

Douglas W. Oard is an expert in the design and evaluation of search technology.  He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD), and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University (Houston, TX).

His research interests center around the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users.  From 2001 to 2006 he worked with colleagues at the Shoah Foundation, IBM Research, Johns Hopkins University, Cambridge University (UK), Charles University (Prague), and the University of West Bohemia (Pilsen) in the MALACH project to explore the potential of application of advanced speech retrieval technology to a large oral history collection.  He is currently working with colleagues form the University of Texas at Dallas on application of automated speech processing techniques to provide integrated access to a large and diverse set of spoken word materials in the records of NASA’s Apollo lunar missions.  Both projects are supported by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Oard is a Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).  In addition, he holds affiliate appointments in the Computer Science Department and the Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program at the University of Maryland and as a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Informatics (Japan).  He currently serves as Director of Maryland’s Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) laboratory, and he as previously served as Associate Dean for Research in Maryland’s iSchool.    He serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, and as Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Information Systems.  Additional information is available at

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