Research Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Division
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Costa is a Research Assistant Professor at VTNSI. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 2015. Her dissertation focused on the characterization of information timeliness through new metrics that describe the age of information, a concept that has since received a lot of attention for its relevance to communication and control systems. Dr. Costa is the recipient of a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the James Clark School of Engineering, as well as the DAAD RISE Professional Scholarship for training in Germany. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Oulu, Finland, an intern at Bell Labs Stuttgart, Germany, and a postdoctoral research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining VT NSI, she was a senior research scientist at BlueHalo Labs in Rockville, Maryland, where she led several efforts related to planning and decision-making. Her research interests lie at the intersection of data sciences, operations research, and communication technology, applying Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence to support decision-making in several areas that are relevant to National Security.