Michael “Misha” NovitzkyPrincipal Investigator, DCIST
West Point Military Academy
United States Military Academy
Dr. Michael “Misha” Novitzky is an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MIT research affiliate. He joined in October 2019 as part of the Robotics Research Center housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Novitzky established the Human-Robot Teaming Laboratory within the Robotics Research Center. Dr. Novitzky’s focus is on human-machine teaming for cooperative tasks in stressful and unconstrained environments. Prior to joining West Point, Dr. Novitzky was a postdoctoral research associate (2015-2017) and then research scientist (2017-2019) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Laboratory for Marine Sensing Systems (LAMSS). While at MIT, Dr. Novitzky led the Project Aquaticus testbed in which humans and fully autonomous robots were embedded in the marine environment and played games of capture the flag against similarly situated teams. Dr. Novitzky studied multi-robot teams at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he earned his PhD in 2015, Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014, and Masters of Science in Computer Science in 2009. Prior to becoming fascinated by robots, Dr. Novitzky earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the Colorado College in 2003. When not working on robots, Dr. Novitzky supports cadet clubs including the combatives team and the Future Applied Systems Team (FAST).