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Mary “Missy”   Cummings

Mary “Missy” Cummings

Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics


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

TEDMED: Can a "computer co-pilot" help anyone be a surgeon?

Is a Robot about to take my Job?

The Future of Robotic Farming

Humans & Autonomy Overview

Humans vs Computers

Using AI is the Strength of the Future

Speech Topics

Man vs. Machine or Man + Machine?

Drones, Driverless Cars, & AI: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction

The Workplace of the Future: Technology Traps & Leadership Challenges

Women in Leadership/Breaking Down Barriers