We have 2 hours to talk about the future of bicycle and motorcycle dynamics. Right now we have five speakers scheduled for lightning talks. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to present back-to-back. If the presenters are using slides they will all be loaded onto one computer. No questions during the talks or in between. The talks should focused around their ideas for the future research paths in single track vehicles and how their research plays into this. This session is essentially a way to warm up the crowd and get them thinking about the subject.
I’m willing to add one more speaker if someone has an idea who.
I want to encourage everyone to share ideas. We can propose a few main topics and then have a specified amount of time around those topics. These can potentially be pulled from the pre-questionnaire. I’m going to send out a questionnaire before the conference to set the mood of the discussion and get some feedback on the direction and topics.
How important is the human?
What are the immediate missing pieces to the research puzzle?
What are difficulties?
Why is good? Why is bad?
What do we need to make it happen?
In prep for our upcoming conversation, I thought I try to respond
briefly to your previous email.
Regarding the lightning talks, we'll need to be strict on time and no questions.
About the discussion, I think providing some structure would be
beneficial. When I think about all of the different areas of research
in the field, I start to envision a map or chart of all the different
areas with some things being connected directly (there is a more
precise name for this sort of chart, but I can't think of it right
now. Ideally, we could have some basic things on the chart to start
the group off, based on our experience and the topics of the lightning
talks. Then, we could use the discussion to make connections, add
things to the idea map, and talk about differences and similarities.
If we did the map in a digital format, we could send out a copy to
everyone that would like to receive one. A lot of the questions
you've listed would help form the idea map, so I think it might be a
good idea to create a visual that everyone can leave with.
Here are my thoughts on your questions:
> What are the currently missing pieces of information we are desperately in
> need of to better understand motorcycle/bicycle dynamics and make the next
> critical advances
What are the critical advances? It might be a good idea to ask
everyone in the room: If you could answer one question or solve one
problem in bicycle/motorcycle dynamics, what would it be? We could
then make a list of these things, and send it out afterwards.
> How can the motorcycle and bicycle communities merge their ideas and
> collaborate more? What are the barriers that keep the groups working more or
> less independently.
I think that right now the groups have very different interests. It
might be better to understand why the communities are working on such
different problems and how what we are working on is related.
> What are the low hanging fruit in the research field? What data and models
> are already there, but only need some analysis to prove the hypotheses?
I don't know if everyone will want to share their hypotheses, so this
may not generate the type of discussion we would like.
> What are the contentious points in understanding single track vehicle
> dynamics and control? What do we not agree on?
This could create some arguments which may or may not be beneficial to
the entire group. It might be good to discuss why the disagreements
are important and significance of knowing the 'right' answer for
future research. For example, a more complex model may be needed to
study some problems but may be unnecessary for others. I know in the
world of gait, there are simple models of walking (point mass inverted
pendulum) and very complex models (modeling every bone and muscle).
There are many arguments about which way is correct and the
best--however, the answer is they both are useful depending on the
question that a researcher would like to answer.
> If our understanding of the vehicle dynamics is strong enough, what are the
> next steps with regards to the human?
> What innovations in our field have direct and marketable applications in the
> bicycle and motorcycle industries?
> What is preventing us from having more involvement and collaboration with
I look forward to talking with you soon.