Dr. Laurel Miller-Sims is an Associate Research Scientist and a member of the research faculty at the University of Maryland Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from McMaster University in 2009. After spending several years in academia, Dr. Miller-Sims applied her expertise in the Intelligence Community for 7+ years as both a civilian employee at the National Security Agency and as a Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies contributing to Speech and Natural Language Processing research efforts in support of NSA and other IC mission needs. Dr. Miller-Sims’ work has focused on technology trends analysis, speech-to-text, and other speech and natural language technologies as well as applying state-of-the-art data science and machine learning techniques in novel contexts in support of NSA/IC efforts. Her research interests focus on machine learning, especially efficient learning on graphs, transfer methods for learning in low-resource contexts, and evaluating the interpretability of emerging ML paradigms.