Maarja Kruusmaa is an Estonian computer scientist and a professor at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) . She is Vice-Rector of Research at her University and a visiting Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), within Norway’s Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems. Her main research area is bio-inspired underwater robotics, environmental modelling and learning algorithms for intelligent robots. She was elected a member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in 2016 in the field of technical sciences. She is a member of the Estonian Polar Research Commission of the Academy of Sciences and the Council of Estonian Centers of Excellence in Science. As a member of the EU Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, Maarja Kruussmaa led the production of the scientific opinion paper to evaluate the evidence review report on strategic crisis management. In 2020, she participated in the Estonian Academy of Sciences COVID-19 Advisory Council to facilitate dialogue with decision-makers and communicate with the public via national media.