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Mary  Cummings

Mary Cummings

Naval Officer, Military Pilot & Professor, Duke University


Mary “Missy” Cummings is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University, and is currently the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. Cummings also served as a naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, making her one of the United States Navy’s first female fighter pilots. Read More >

Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the United States 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.

She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and the co-chair for the World Economic Forum’s Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

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The Future of Robotic Farming

Humans vs Computers

Using AI is the Strength of the Future

Speech Topics

Drones: A Tipping Point of Technology

In this talk, Dr. Cummings offers a look at how drones are being used today as well as how they will be used in the future, weighing in on how they will affect future supply chain, logistics, and transportation industries.

Man vs. Machine or Man + Machine?

This presentation discusses where we are in terms of the state of automation and autonomy in our everyday lives, what the future likely holds, how to conceptualize the balance between humans and robots, and what this means in terms of future workforce and technology planning.

The Workplace of the Future: Technology Traps & Leadership Challenges

Dr. Cummings examines how robotic and automated technologies are transforming the work environment and what pitfalls leaders should be on the lookout for as they introduce these new technologies.

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