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.
Gao, F, Modeling teamwork of multi-human multi-agent teams, In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work companion, pp. 47-50, San Antonio, Texas,February, 2013.
Gao, F., Cummings, M.L., Using Discrete Event Simulation to Model Multi-Robot Multi-Operator Teamwork, In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, SAGE Publication, .Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 2093-209, Boston, MA, October, 2012.
Clare, A.S., Modeling Real-Time Human-Automation Collaborative Scheduling of Unmanned Vehicles, Ph.D. Thesis, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cambridge, MA, 2013
Malik, R., Decision Support Tool For Dynamic Workforce Scheduling In Manufacturing Environments, M.S. Thesis, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Cambridge, MA, 2013.
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.