Jason K. Moore
EME 1 Lecture
November 28, 2016
Bicycles are curious machines
If you are in a steady right hand turn, you must be leaning to the right. So, the only way to initiate a right hand lean is to move the wheel contact points out to the left.
Think about balancing a broom.
This leads to my research interests:
How do we design human controlled machines (e.g. vehicles) such that they perfectly compliment the human's intentions?
Design can be treated as an optimization.
Once you have mathematical definitions of a system you can then use mathematical and computational techniques to answer questions like:
"What would the geometry of the vehicle be if it was the easiest to control?"