Mary "Missy" Cummings

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

External Address: 
131 North Building, Box 103957, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
131 North Building, Box 103957, Durham, NC 27708


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 2004

Marquez, J. J., et al. “Collaborative human-computer decision support for planetary surface traversal.” Collection of Technical Papers  Infotech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration, vol. 2, 2005, pp. 784–91. Scopus, doi:10.2514/6.2005-6993. Full Text

Cummings, M. L., and S. Guerlain. “Human performance issues in supervisory control of autonomous airborne vehicles.” Auvsi’S Unmanned Systems North America 2004  Proceedings, 2004, pp. 1955–69.

Cummings, M. L. “Automation bias in intelligent time critical decision support systems.” Collection of Technical Papers  Aiaa 1st Intelligent Systems Technical Conference, vol. 2, 2004, pp. 557–62.

Cummings, M. L., and S. Guerlain. “An interactive decision support tool for real-time in-flight replanning of autonomous vehicles.” Collection of Technical Papers  Aiaa 3rd “Unmanned Unlimited” Technical Conference, Workshop, and Exhibit, vol. 2, 2004, pp. 583–90.

Cummings, M. L., and J. Lo. “Globalizing engineering ethics education through web-based instruction.” 2004 International Symposium on Technology and Society, Istas ’04 Globalizing Technological Education, 2004, pp. 92–95.

Cummings, M. L. “Ethical and social issues in the design of weapon control computer interfaces.” 2003 International Symposium on Technology and Society: Crime Prevention, Security and Design, Istas/Cpted 2003  Proceedings, 2003, pp. 14–18.

Cummings, M. L., and S. Guerlain. “The tactical Tomahawk conundrum: Designing decision support systems for revolutionary domains.” Proceedings of the Ieee International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, vol. 2, 2003, pp. 1583–88.

Cummings, M. L. “Comparative analysis of virginia tech engineering students with learning disabilities.” Asee Annual Conference Proceedings, 2002, pp. 53–61.

Cummings, M. L., and T. W. Knott. “How many credit hours should first semester engineering freshmen take?Asee Annual Conference Proceedings, 2001, pp. 5423–29.