Lora Weiss

Director (Interim), Deputy Director, Chief Technology Officer; Regents’ Researcher, University System of Georgia

Dr. Weiss is responsible for strategic research directions including GTRI’s portfolio of IRAD investments. She conducts research on the design, development, and implementation of technologies for unmanned and autonomous systems and the associated signal processing. For more than 27 years, she has been responsible for advancing capabilities spanning the domains of unmanned air, ground, sea surface, and undersea systems. She has been author of a continuous stream of high impact journal publications, including her 1994 seminal paper on the cover of IEEE Signal Processing magazine and again in 2011 for her cover story in IEEE Spectrum.

Dr. Weiss was on the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which is the world’s largest unmanned systems organization. She was on the technical advisory board of the National Robotics Technology Consortium; she chairs the international ASTM Committee on Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Autonomy and Control; she was a member of the Steering Committee for the Information Science and Technology Study Group for DARPA, and she was an Executive Board Member for NDIA’s Undersea Warfare Division. She recently supported the National Academy of Sciences Naval Studies Board on mainstreaming unmanned underwater vehicles into the Navy, and she supported the Center for New American Security’s Future Foundry Task Force.

Dr. Weiss holds a patent for an unmanned underwater vehicle, and she has been Principal Investigator on programs sponsored by numerous DoD organizations. Dr. Weiss has been with GTRI since 2006. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at The Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Lab, where she was Head of the Autonomous Control and Intelligent Systems Division, leading a group of more than 100 researchers.