Student working on a research project.

Feedback Control Of Treadmill For Virtual Reality Applications

This project aims to develop a treadmill that reacts to the user's walking/running speed in such a way to keep her or him at the middle of the treadmill. If the user speeds up, the treadmill automatically speeds up. If the user slows their pace, the treadmill automatically slows its pace. Such a device is useful in virtual reality (VR) applications, because the user can explore a huge virtual territory while never leaving their original position in the real world. This will be accomplished with feedback control, utilizing measurements of the user's position on the treadmill.

Students will work on various, essential tasks to achieve this goal:
1) theoretical work, including dynamic modeling of the user-treadmill system, coupled with control system design
2) Arduino programming to interface the control system with the actual treadmill
3) Hardware design, including fabrication of fixtures for sensors and wire management.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Control System Design, Dynamic Modeling, System Identification, Virtual Reality
Student Skill-Set Needed: Different qualifications are required for each task, but in general it is useful to have some: basic knowledge of dynamic systems, computer programming experience, mechatronics experience, control system design experience
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Aaron Estes
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering
Office: Bell 217