On Heart Rate Regulation in Cycle-Ergometer Exercise

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http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6944350, 2014, pp. 3390 - 3393
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In this paper, we have focused on the issue of regulating the human heart rate (HR) to a predefined reference trajectory, especially for cycle-ergometer exercise used for training or rehabilitation. As measuring HR is relatively easy compared to exercise intensity, it has been used in the wide range of training programs. The aim of this paper is to develop a non-model-based control strategy using proportional, integral and derivative (PID) controller/relay controller to regulate the HR to track a desired trajectory. In the case of using PID controller, the controller output signal is interpreted as a voice or auditory command, referred to as biofeedback, which can be heard by the exercising subject as a part of the controlloop. Alternatively, the relay controller output signals can be converted to some special words which can be recognised by the exerciser. However, in both cases, to effectively communicate to the user a change in exercise intensity, the timing of this feedback signal relative to the positions of the pedals becomes quite critical. A feedback signal delivered when the pedals are not in a suitable position to efficiently exert force may be ineffective and may lead to a cognitive disengagement of the user form the feedback controller. In this paper we examine the need and the consequence of synchronising the delivery of the feedback signal with an optimal and user specific placement of the pedal.
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