Human-machine laboratory

Lifelike flying and driving

In the human-machine laboratory, there is a fix-based simulator that is able to simulate both aircraft and cars. The small but versatile laboratory is used for experiments involving control functions and research into visual perception. Testing is a genuine experience with its unique projection system: four LCD projectors generate a near-180-degree field of vision on three walls.

The laboratory is divided into an observation room and an experiment room. Subjects fly an aircraft or drive a car from the comfort of the fully adjustable airplane seat from a Breguet Atlantique or the luxury Nissan car seat. The aircraft position has a hydraulic sidestick and electric rudder pedals from a Fokker 27, while the car side has a Nissan steering wheel and lifelike pedals. While subjects pilot their respective vehicle, the researcher monitors the experiment from the observation room. Up to seven computers can be connected via a fast Ethernet network in order to monitor display screens and equipment.

Besides its own students and researchers, the lab is used by doctoral candidates from other faculties, by mechanical engineers testing a new type of accelerator pedal for example. External parties such as Nissan also use the lab for research.


If you are interested in collaboration with TU Delft’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, in which the Human-machine laboratory could play a role, then please contact F.N. Postema, Manager Human-machine laboratory: +31 15 27 82597,



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