Mary "Missy" Cummings

AIEI Board of Advisors; Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center, George Mason University


Mary "Missy" Cummings is a professor and director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC) at the George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing

She received her BS in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988, her MS 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, Cummings 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.

Featured Work

OCT 8, 2021 Podcast

The Promise & Peril of AI & Human Systems Engineering, with Mary "Missy" Cummings

In this episode of the "Artificial Intelligence and Equality Initiative" podcast, Senior Fellows Anja Kaspersen and Wendell Wallach are joined by former U.S. Navy ...