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1 October 2010 | PR 10/149

Inaugural sport technology conference to be hosted by Loughborough University

Loughborough University is hosting the first ESPRIT Conference on Friday 8 October, which is set to attract experts from across the UK to contribute to the Elite Sport Performance Research in Training with Pervasive Sensing (ESPRIT) project.

The project is primarily funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and led by Imperial College London and UK Sport working in partnership with Loughborough University and Queen Mary University of London.

Experts who develop cutting-edge technologies for Britain’s top athletes will congregate at the University for the Conference, and they will also be offered the opportunity to apply for secondments to the ground-breaking ESPRIT project, details of which will be revealed at the event.

Professor Mike Caine, Director of Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute, is delighted to be welcoming delegates of ESPRIT. “It is an honour for Loughborough University to be hosting this inaugural conference. Here at Loughborough we are committed providing an environment whereby athletes can prepare to compete at the highest levels. We also deliver research in the sports science and sports technology domains that can be used by athletes seeking to fulfil their potential.

“ESPRIT’s vision is to position the UK at the forefront of pervasive sensing in elite sports, which is miniature wearable and track-side sensors, computer modelling tools and smart training devices. The project also aims to promote public health in the wider sense of wellbeing and healthcare.

“The ESPRIT programme brings the opportunity not just to underpin continuing British success at major international sporting events, but to provide a legacy that will extend achievements in sport towards technological transformations into healthcare, wellbeing and chronic disease management.”

The Conference will offer the opportunity for experts in the fields of biochemistry, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, automation and sports performance research amongst others to take part in four interactive workshops which will have a focus on practical application to elite sport.

The Loughborough team working on the ESPRIT project comprises: Professor Mike Caine, Professor Paul Conway, Professor Andy West, three post-doctorate research assistants, a technician and two PhD students. The researchers are working closely with several of Britain’s most successful sports on research packages totalling £1 million.

The Conference will be held at the University on Friday 8 October.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

  1. For further information about the ESPRIT project visit: http://ubimon.doc.ic.ac.uk/esprit/m859.html
  2. The four interactive workshops being held at the Conference are entitled:
    - The Paralympic Challenge;
    - The Sports Medicine Challenge;
    - The Talent Trainability Challenge;
    - The Workload and Technologies “Man and Machine” Challenge.
  3. For more information on UK Sport’s Research and Innovation programme visit: www.uksport.gov.uk
  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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