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David Mindell

Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Research Interests:

Autonomy in Human Environments; Precision Navigation; Ultra-Wideband for Urban Transit

David A. Mindell, PhD, is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He served as an MIT department head for five years, and has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions. David has developed and commercially licensed spread-spectrum sonar technologies for undersea navigation. He is the author of five books, including"Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy"(2015),"Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in the First Six Lunar Landings"(2008) and "Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics"(2000). David is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is Co-founder and CEO of Humatics Corporation, which is pioneering microlocation technologies to revolutionize how people and machines locate, navigate and collaborate.

Research Clusters:


Google Scholar:


Automation, Control and Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability and Environment

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