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Mary "Missy" Cummings (Duke University)

Future Pitfalls and Promises of Safety in Autonomous Systems

Abstract: With vehicle technology getting more sophisticated year after year, the autonomous operation of cars and trucks is becoming more common. How will this technology change the way we drive? What are the potential ethical and social impacts of this type of engineering?

Bio: 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, humanautonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

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Melanie Mitchell