Mary "Missy" Cummings Selected for DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC  |  February 8, 2017


     Mary "Missy" Cummings

On January 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the inaugural members of the Federal Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). HFES member Mary "Missy" Cummings was selected to serve on the committee. She began her service on January 16, 2017, with the first ACAT meeting.

HFES nominated Cummings in early November and would like to congratulate her on her recent appointment. The 25-member committee, composed of a mixture of industry representatives and academics, will advise the incoming Secretary of Transportation on "some of the most pressing and relevant matters facing transportation today, including the development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations."

Cummings, who is director of the Humans & Autonomy Laboratory and professor of robotics at Duke University, has been an active member of HFES, serving on the Government Relations Committee's subcommittee on transportation and the Human Factors editorial board. She has also participated in the Society's Annual Meeting proposal review process. Missy has extensive experience in connected transportation, human safety in automated systems, and the role of human factors in automation and robotics. She will be a valuable member of this new committee.

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