Director, Humans and Automation Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mary (Missy) 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 2003. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. Her previous teaching experience includes instructing for the U.S. Navy at Pennsylvania State University and as an assistant professor for the Virginia Tech Engineering Fundamentals Division. She is the director of the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory and holds appointments in the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department, the MIT Engineering Systems Division, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, bounded collaborative human-computer decision making, simulation and evaluation of human interaction in automated systems, and the ethical and social impact of technology. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters and serves on several US national committees such as the National Research Council Board on Human Systems Integration and NASA’s Space Human Factors Engineering Standing Review Panel.