Mary "Missy" Cummings

Cummings

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
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 131 North Building, Box 103957, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5306
  • Email Address: m.cummings@duke.edu
  • Websites:

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

  • COMPSCI 393: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 590: Advanced Topics in Computer Science
  • ECE 391: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • NEUROSCI 496: Research Independent Study 4

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Cummings, ML; Quimby, PW, The power of collective intelligence in a signal detection task, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, vol 19 no. 3 (2018), pp. 375-388 [10.1080/1463922X.2017.1381776] [abs].
  • Nneji, VC; Cummings, ML; Stimpson, A; Goodrich, KH, Functional requirements for remotely managing fleets of on-demand passenger aircraft, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018 no. 210059 (2018) [10.2514/6.2018-2007] [abs].
  • Cummings, MM, Informing Autonomous System Design Through the Lens of Skill-, Rule-, and Knowledge-Based Behaviors (2017), pp. 155534341773646-155534341773646 [10.1177/1555343417736461] [abs].
  • Stimpson, AJ; Tucker, MB; Ono, M; Steffy, A; Cummings, ML, Modeling risk perception for mars rover supervisory control: Before and after wheel damage, Ieee Aerospace Conference Proceedings (2017) [10.1109/AERO.2017.7943871] [abs].
  • Elfar, M; Zhu, H; Raghunathan, A; Tay, YY; Wubbenhorst, J; Cummings, ML; Pajic, M, WiP abstract: Platform for security-aware design of human-on-the-loop cyber-physical systems, Proceedings 2017 Acm/Ieee 8th International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems, Iccps 2017 (Part of Cps Week) (2017) [10.1145/3055004.3064846] [abs].