Margaret Loper

Margaret Loper

Margaret Loper

Chief Scientist

Information & Communications Laboratory

Margaret Loper
Chief Scientist, Information & Communications Laboratory (ICL), Director – Trust at GT Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP), Chief Technology Officer at CDAIT, and Chair of the CDAIT Working Group on IoT Security and Privacy
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Areas of Expertise: 
parallel and distributed simulation, interoperability of live virtual and constructive systems, temporal synchronization, simulation testing
“In a future of 50 billion connected devices, our reliance on technology to make decisions on our behalf makes mechanisms for machine-to-machine trust essential.”

Dr. Margaret L. Loper, is a principal research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. She is the chief scientist of the Information & Communications Laboratory, Director – Trust at GT Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) and the Chief Technology Officer of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT).

Her current research is in the area of computational trust algorithms for machine-to-machine communications. Loper also teaches simulation courses for both academic and professional education, and she is involved in projects that bring modeling and simulation into K-12 education.

Dr. Loper has been involved in modeling and simulation for more than 30 years, specifically focused on parallel and distributed systems. Loper has led projects on compliance testing and federation testing, as well as the interoperability of live, virtual and constructive systems. Previous work in casual ordering focused on improving performance of synchronization algorithms by exploiting temporal uncertainty of simulation events. Past projects at Georgia Tech included the Department of Defense High-Level Architecture Federate Testing project, which consisted of the process, tools, and procedures used for HLA compliance and the HLA Federation Verification Tool used to assist federation developers during federation integration. Other projects included the M&S WebBook, Distributed Interactive Simulation Standards Development, and DIS compliance test procedures and tools.

Dr. Loper earned a Doctorate in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, a Master's in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Women in Technology named Loper the 2010 Woman of the Year in Technology in the Medium Business category.