Mary "Missy" Cummings
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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.
Developing Regional Dispatch Decision Support for Congestion Mitigation awarded by North Carolina State University (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2022
Investigating the Tradespace Between Increased Automation and Optimal Manning for Aircraft Carrier Decks awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2022
Portable motion-stabilized optical coherence tomography for eye care in acute care settings awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2021
Modeling the impact of increasing autonomy on core cognitive abilities in unmanned system operation awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
REU Site for Meeting the Grand Challenges in Engineering awarded by National Science Foundation (Mentor). 2017 to 2021
Pfizer awarded by Pfizer, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020
Development of Control-Aware Cyber Techniques for Attack-Resilient Industrial Control & Combat Systems awarded by University of Pennsylvania (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020
Data Sciences for JMPS awarded by Charles River Analytics Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020
NRI: FND: COLLAB: Drones and the Design of Public Outdoor Spaces awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020
Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Aerospace Autonomy Center of Excellence (AACE) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020
Cummings, M. L., and C. E. Nehme. “Modeling the impact of workload in Network Centric supervisory control settings.” Neurocognitive and Physiological Factors During High-Tempo Operations, 2018, pp. 23–39.
Gao, F., et al. “Designing for robust and effective teamwork in human-agent teams.” Robust Intelligence and Trust in Autonomous Systems, 2016, pp. 167–90. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-7668-0_9. Full Text
Goodrich, M. A., and M. L. Cummings. “Human factors perspective on next generation unmanned aerial systems.” Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, 2015, pp. 2405–23. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9707-1_23. Full Text
Cummings, M. L., and C. E. Nehme. “Modeling the impact of workload in network centric supervisory control settings.” Neurocognitive and Physiological Factors During High-Tempo Operations, 2010, pp. 23–39.
Donmez, B., et al. “Evaluation criteria for human-automation performance metrics.” Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems, 2009, pp. 21–40. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0492-8_2. Full Text
Cummings, M. L., and S. Guerlain. “Using a chat interface as an embedded secondary tasking tool.” Human Performance Situation Awareness and Automation: Current Research and Trends, vol. 1–2, 2004, pp. 240–44. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781410610997. Full Text
Cummings, M., et al. “The Impact of Increasing Autonomy on Training Requirements in a UAV Supervisory Control Task.” Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, vol. 13, no. 4, Dec. 2019, pp. 295–309. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1555343419868917. Full Text
Cummings, M. L., and P. W. Quimby. “The power of collective intelligence in a signal detection task.” Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, vol. 19, no. 3, May 2018, pp. 375–88. Scopus, doi:10.1080/1463922X.2017.1381776. Full Text
Cummings, M. “Informing Autonomous System Design Through the Lens of Skill-, Rule-, and Knowledge-Based Behaviors.” Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, vol. 12, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 58–61. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1555343417736461. Full Text
Ryan, J. C., and M. L. Cummings. “A Systems Analysis of the Introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Into Aircraft Carrier Operations.” Ieee Transactions on Human Machine Systems, vol. 46, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 209–20. Scopus, doi:10.1109/THMS.2014.2376355. Full Text
Cummings, Mary L., et al. “Boredom in the Workplace: A New Look at an Old Problem.” Human Factors, vol. 58, no. 2, Mar. 2016, pp. 279–300. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0018720815609503. Full Text
Clare, Andrew S., et al. “Influencing Trust for Human-Automation Collaborative Scheduling of Multiple Unmanned Vehicles.” Human Factors, vol. 57, no. 7, Nov. 2015, pp. 1208–18. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0018720815587803. Full Text
Cummings, M. L., and A. S. Clare. “Holistic modelling for human-autonomous system interaction.” Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, vol. 16, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 214–31. Scopus, doi:10.1080/1463922X.2014.1003990. Full Text
Ryan, J. C., and M. L. Cummings. “Effects of safety protocols on unmanned vehicle ground operations.” Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, vol. 12, no. 7, Jan. 2015, pp. 431–40. Scopus, doi:10.2514/1.I010293. Full Text
Boyer, M., et al. “Investigating mental workload changes in a long duration supervisory control task.” Interacting With Computers, vol. 27, no. 5, Jan. 2015, pp. 512–20. Scopus, doi:10.1093/iwc/iwv012. Full Text
Nneji, V. C., et al. “Functional requirements for remotely managing fleets of on-demand passenger aircraft.” Aiaa Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018, no. 210059, 2018. Scopus, doi:10.2514/6.2018-2007. Full Text
Zhu, H., et al. “Human augmentation of UAV cyber-attack detection.” Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Including Subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 10916 LNAI, 2018, pp. 154–67. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91467-1_13. Full Text
Stimpson, A. J., et al. “Modeling risk perception for mars rover supervisory control: Before and after wheel damage.” Ieee Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1109/AERO.2017.7943871. Full Text
Elfar, M., et al. “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. Scopus, doi:10.1145/3055004.3064846. Full Text
Susindar, S., et al. “Investigating the location of an interruption recovery tool for supervisory-level command and control missions.” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, vol. 2017-October, 2017, pp. 56–57. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1541931213601509. Full Text
Nneji, V. C., et al. “Exploring concepts of operations for on-demand passenger air transportation.” 17th Aiaa Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2017, 2017. Scopus, doi:10.2514/6.2017-3085. Full Text
Solovey, E. T., et al. “A field study of multimodal alerts for an autonomous threat detection system.” Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Including Subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 10276 LNAI, 2017, pp. 393–412. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-58475-1_29. Full Text
Aubert, M., et al. “Interaction design considerations for an aircraft carrier deck agent-based simulation.” Ieee Aerospace Conference Proceedings, vol. 2016-June, 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1109/AERO.2016.7500894. Full Text
Cummings, M. L., et al. “Functional requirements for onboard intelligent automation in single pilot operations.” Aiaa Infotech @ Aerospace Conference, 2016.
Stimpson, A. J., et al. “Assessing pilot workload in single-pilot operations with advanced autonomy.” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2016, pp. 675–79. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1541931213601155. Full Text