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30 July 2012

Intelligent Devices Assisting In Sports Activities

Presented By Professor Arnold Baca, Head of Section of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Applied Computer Science, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 10.30am
  • N112, Haslegrave Building

About this event

Abstract: Technological systems are getting increasingly important for physical activity monitoring and assessment in general and for supervising load and performance in mass and elite sport in particular. Miniature sensors and computing devices are attached to the athletes or integrated into the sports equipment in order to acquire and process performance or load related data. Ubiquitous computing technologies are thus applied to implement systems, which provide athletes with feedback information on the quality of the motion just performed.

Due to the rapid progress in hardware capabilities and the potential of data processing methods, it is expected that "the emphasis in the future developments will shift to development of intelligent systems that could not only analyse the data but suggests strategies and interventions" [1]. Moreover, sports equipment will be able to sense new conditions in the environment and adapt accordingly thus showing the behaviour of adaptive systems.

One main basis of almost any intelligent feedback system or adaptive system is the successful recognition or classification of patterns underlying the human motion just performed. This analysis does not only comprise kinematic parameters, but, moreover, also kinetic and physiological data. Different methods and models have proven to be useful for this kind of analysis.

In the presentation, a survey of hard-and software approaches is given. Pros and cons are discussed with regards to their applicability for intelligent devices supporting athletes, Practical applications are presented and experiences reported.

[1] Baca, A., Dabnichki, P., Heller, M., and Kornfeind, P. (2009). Ubiquitous computing in sports: A review and analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 (12) (2009), 1335-1346.