What do flying cars have in common with medical robotics? A look at human/machine allocation in safety-critical systems

Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine


Missy Cummings, Ph.D.

What do flying cars have in common with medical robotics? A look at human/manchine allocation in safety-critical systems

Thursday, Sept. 6
12 - 1 P.M.

Dr. Cummings is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her master’s in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988–99, she was one of the US Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is also a member of the US Department of Transportation’s advisory committee on autonomous transportation, a fellow for the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Board of Directors for Veoneer, Inc. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human–unmanned vehicle interaction, human–autonomous systems collaboration, human–robot interaction, human systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.