Third Insight specializes in artificial intelligence and computer-vision based analytics in support of real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).

Head of Research & Strategy

Leila Character

Leila Character (previously Donn) has over 14 years’ experience implementing innovative and grounded machine learning and geospatial approaches to hard problems in the fields of military planning and decision-making, human-machine teaming, and environmental science.

She is currently a Ph.D. candidate (PhD expected June 2022) in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received a M.A. Leila also has a B.S. in Geology from Sewanee: The University of the South. Before returning to graduate school, Leila worked for five years as a geologist at an exploration-phase mine in northern Alaska, offshore in the Gulf of Mexico as a mudlogger for Baker Hughes, as an environmental geologist for ARCADIS, and as an environmental specialist for the State of Tennessee.

At Third Insight Leila is Head of Research & Strategy, serving as Principal Investigator for multiple DOD projects. In her free time Leila enjoys rock climbing, hiking with her dog, and running.


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