Model based control of human heart rate on a bicycle ergometer

Thomas Leitner, Harald Kirchsteiger, Hannes Trogmann, Luigi Del Re

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A model based controller which regulates the braking intensity of a bicycle ergometer based on information on the heart-rate and breathing volume of the bicyclist is developed. The control system enables training at a desired heart-rate by automatically adjusting the load. The mathematical model was determined using linear continuous time system identification techniques and can reproduce the behavior of the human subject under aerobic metabolic conditions sufficiently well. Data for identification is obtained through an easy to perform test sequence. A linear quadratic controller is synthesized based on the identified model. Experimental results of one subject show the effectiveness of the developed system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 European Control Conference, ECC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783952426913
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event13th European Control Conference, ECC 2014 - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 24 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Publication series

Name2014 European Control Conference, ECC 2014


Conference13th European Control Conference, ECC 2014


  • Biomedical Systems
  • Continuous Time Identification
  • Control of Biomedical Systems


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