Research in the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems. With the explosion of automated technology, the need for humans as supervisors of complex automatic control systems has replaced the need for humans in direct manual control.
Cummings, M.L. & J.C. Ryan, Shared Authority Concerns in Automated Driving Applications, Humans and Automation Laboratory Working Paper.
Cummings, M.L., Operator Interaction with Centralized Versus Decentralized UAV Architectures, Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, in press.
Clare, A.S., Cummings, M.L., How, J., Whitten, A., and Toupet ,O., Operator Objective Function Guidance for a Real-time Unmanned Vehicle Scheduling Algorithm, AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information and Communication, Vol. 9, No.4, pp. 161-173, 2012.
Berardi, C. W., Investigating the Efficacy of Terrorist Network Visualization, M.S. Thesis, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cambridge, MA, 2013.
Spinetta, L., Cummings, M.L., Unloved Aerial Vehicles: Gutting its UAV plan, the Air Force sets a course for irrelevance, Armed Forces Journal, p. 8, Nov. 2012.
Cummings, M.L., Mastracchio, C., Thornburg, K.M., Mkrtchyan, A.,. Boredom and Distraction in Multiple Unmanned Vehicle Supervisory Control, Interacting with Computers, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 34-47, 2013.
Mkrtchyan, A.A., Macbeth, J.C., Solovey, E.T., Ryan, J.C., Cummings, M.L., Using Variable-Rate Alerting to Counter Boredom in Human Supervisory Control, Proceedings of HFES 2012: 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Boston, MA, October, 2012.
Cummings, M.L., Jackson,K., Quimby, P., & D. Pitman, Field Testing of a Quad Rotor Smartphone Control System, International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 165-177, 2012.
Clare, A.S., Maere, P.C.P., and Cummings, M.L., Assessing Operator Strategies for Real-time Replanning of Multiple Unmanned Vehicles, Intelligent Decision Technologies, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 221-231, 2012.
Pitman, D.J., Cummings,M.L., Collaborative
Exploration with a Micro Aerial Vehicle: A Novel Interaction Method for
Controlling a MAV with a Hand-Held Device, Advances
in Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 2012, Article ID
768180, 15 pages, 2012.