Human Operator Control
Details about the human operator control models we are using to for the bicycle/rider system.
We are developing human operator control theoretic models based on the aircraft, rotorcraft, and automobile pilot models developed by Ron Hess. These models are rooted in manual control theory that where proposed in early papers by Tunstin and McRuer. The first model we are working with is based on the crossover model which assumes that the human adopts the dynamic characteristics needed to make the human/vehicle system similar in characteristics to typically desired for a controller with good performance.
The main body of work we've completed so far is a paper entitled "Modeling the Manually Controlled Bicycle" that has been accepted to IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics journal and is currently under peer review. Contact us if you'd like a preview copy of the draft.
We made the Simulink model and Matlab code for the paper available if you are eager to see it in action before the paper is published.
This software has some interesting potential such as:
- It can be used to adjust bicycle and rider physical parameters to have favorable handling qualities (as we have defined them).
- An optimization routine could be wrapped around the current code such that it will choose the optimal parameter set for a desired handling quality.
- It can generate simulation results for tracking any path.