Control of nonlinear, adaptive systems

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Fawcett, David
Title Control of nonlinear, adaptive systems
Date 2007-10-19
Description Differences in property characteristics of natural and engineered systems, such as transparency, linearity, and adaptability, are likely to result in differences in human ability to control these systems. This study explored human performance on a simulated control task, in which system characteristics of adaptability and linearity were manipulated. An experiment was conducted in which 53 participants used a joystick to perform a manual control task. A secondary stimulus response task was used to compare cognitive demand between the conditions. The results indicate that control performance was worse and cognitive demand was greater in the control tasks that simulated the natural system characteristics of adaptability and nonlinearity. Potential applications of this research include furthering experimental exploration of control differences between natural and engineered systems as well as motivating the development of a control theory specific to human interactions with natural systems.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject System theory; Transparency; Linearity; Adaptability
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Control of nonlinear, adaptive systems" J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections BF21.5 2007 .F38
Rights Management © David Fawcett
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Source Original: University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64f25bj
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