Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar

Modeling the Human Aircraft Pilot/Automobile Driver/Bicycle Rider: A Brief History with Applications

Professor Emeritus
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis

Dr. Hess has been working in the human/machine interaction area for over 50 years.  As the title implies, this seminar will discuss models of the human as a controller of aircraft, automobiles and bicycles.  The seminar will draw upon material from a MAE297 Space-Ed seminar which the speaker presented in 2011, and will begin with a historical framework for human/machine research starting in the late 1940s.  The development of the “human transfer function” will be described as will the speaker’s research in the prediction of vehicle handling qualities, assessment of aircraft flight safety issues, and recent work focusing upon the adaptive capabilities of the human controller.  Applications other than aircraft flight control will include a control-theoretic description of the automobile driver and the bicycle rider.  A brief discussion of possible problems associated with autonomous vehicle control will conclude the presentation.

Date(s) - 02/02/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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