Kinematical theory of human sequential movements

Takesi Okadome*, Masaaki Honda

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Sequential movements characterized by the partially-defined states of dynamical systems are discussed. A kinematical model for the control of human sequential movements is formulated by establishing three axioms. The first axiom reflects the minimum-jerk model for simple point-to-point movements. For more complicated movements, the predicted trajectory based on the minimum-jerk model differs from the observed trajectory. The second constructive axiom requires that the observed trajectory of the movements coincides with the modified trajectory based on that calculating from the minimum-jerk model. The third additional axiom predicts that the movement for unskilled tasks is segmented. The constructive model presented here predicts the measured trajectories in planar, multijoint arm movements. The optimization approach is critically discussed on the basis of the present axiomatic study on sequential movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1198
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Part 2 (of 5) - Vancouver, BC, Can
Duration: 1995 Oct 221995 Oct 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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