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Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

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WP3: Human Machine Interface for controlling a PAV


The objective of this WP is to design and evaluate novel concepts for Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) to support the average user in controlling a PAV.


The HMI design will be addressed in subsequent steps. First, a control and motion cueing framework will be developed to use the MPS Motion Simulator as a tool to reproduce PAV behaviour. After that, focus will be on the evaluation of visual and force feedback to increase the user awareness on his motion status, and to facilitate the task of controlling a PAV. Specifically, we will assess to what extent synthetic vision (e.g., tunnel-in-the-sky displays) and artificial force cues on the control stick can help the average pilot.
In parallel to these activities, the possible negative effects of the Biodynamic Feedthrough (BDFT) will be investigated. BDFT is the mechanical loop arising between the aircraft motion, the pilot’s body exposed to this motion, and the associated pilot’s limb motion that can result in unintentional control inputs sent back to the vehicle through the control stick. This mechanical loop can represent a threat for safe operation of a vehicle because of the potential chattering or even instability induced by it. Possible cancellation strategies will be investigated to mitigate such effects.