Progressive shared control for training in virtual environments

Li, Yanfang and Huegel, Joel C. and Patoğlu, Volkan and O'Malley, Marcia K. (2008) Progressive shared control for training in virtual environments. In: IEEE 3rd Joint EUROHAPTICS CONFERENCE and SYMPOSIUM ON HAPTIC INTERFACES FOR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT AND TELEOPERATOR SYSTEMS, Salt Lake City, UT, USA (Accepted/In Press)

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Virtual environments (VEs) with haptic feedback not only provide a safe and versatile practice medium for many manual control tasks, but also promise to improve the efficacy of manual skill training with the addition of haptic guidance. However, haptic guidance schemes such as shared control may be detrimental since such schemes actively interfere with the coupled system dynamics, thereby causing participants to experience task dynamics that are altered from those of the real task. Therefore, this paper proposes a progressive approach to guidance for training in virtual environments. This progressive guidance scheme adjusts its control gains based on participant performance, aiming to expose the performer to an appropriate amount of haptic guidance throughout training. Long term training experiments were conducted for an under-actuated target-hitting manual control task. The experimental results compare the efficacy of the novel progressive haptic guidance to two common fixed-gain haptic guidance schemes and virtual practice. At the conclusion of the month-long training protocol, the results indicate that exposure to the progressive shared control scheme reduces interference as compared to fixed-gain assistance schemes. Reduced interference is necessary in order for shared control schemes to outperform virtual practice.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Mechatronics
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Volkan Patoğlu
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2008 09:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 08:49

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