Accession Number : AD0704562

Title :   APPLICATION OF OPTIMAL CONTROL THEORY TO THE PREDICTION OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE IN A COMPLEX TASK.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 68-Sep 69,

Corporate Author : BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Baron,Sheldon ; Elkind,Jerome I. ; Kleinman,David L. ; Miller,DuncanC. ; Levison,William H.

Report Date : MAR 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : A procedure is developed for using human response theory and the analytic methods of optimal control theory to analyze a complex manual control task. The central element in the procedures is a model of the human operator that is based on the assumption that well-trained operators perform optimally subject to certain inherent limitations. Recent results in human response theory provide the representation of the human's limitations. Optimal control theory is then used to predict closed-loop human and system performance. The manual control of the longitudinal position of a hovering VTOL vehicle is analyzed using the developed techniques. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), THEORY), (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION), (*VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, HANDLING), HOVERING, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, FEEDBACK, PITCH(MOTION), FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, SCANNING, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : V/STOL
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE