Mary "Missy" Cummings

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Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Mary "Missy" Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.
A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots.
Cummings is currently a Professor in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. Her research interests include human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

  • Email Address: m.cummings@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2004

Research Interests

Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Courses Taught

  • ECE 391: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 392: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 495: Research Independent Study 3
  • NEUROSCI 496: Research Independent Study 4

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Miotto, P; Singh, L; Paduano, JD; Clare, A; Cummings, ML; Weitz, LA, Aircraft autonomy, vol 460 (2016), pp. 81-107 [10.1007/978-3-662-47694-9_3] [abs].
  • Ryan, JC; Cummings, ML, A Systems Analysis of the Introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Into Aircraft Carrier Operations, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, vol 46 no. 2 (2016), pp. 209-220 [10.1109/THMS.2014.2376355] [abs].
  • Cummings, ML; Gao, F; Thornburg, KM, Boredom in the Workplace: A New Look at an Old Problem., Human Factors, vol 58 no. 2 (2016), pp. 279-300 [abs].
  • Clare, AS; Cummings, ML; Repenning, NP, Influencing Trust for Human-Automation Collaborative Scheduling of Multiple Unmanned Vehicles., Human Factors, vol 57 no. 7 (2015), pp. 1208-1218 [abs].
  • Boyer, M; Cummings, ML; Spence, LB; Solovey, ET, Investigating Mental Workload Changes in a Long Duration Supervisory Control Task, Interacting with Computers, vol 27 no. 5 (2015), pp. 512-520 [10.1093/iwc/iwv012] [abs].