Dr Jonathan Roberts
- Graduated from the University of Nottingham with a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering before joining the Sports Technology Research Group in 1998.
- Awarded a PhD in 2002 for work on correlating players’ subjective perceptions of golf equipment with the sound and vibration measured from impact.
- Spent nine years conducting research for a leading American golf manufacturer as well as supervising two other golf related projects.
- Recently expanded the subjective perception research into other sports including the comfort of footwear and protective equipment.
Research Interests and Activities
- Measurement and analysis of players’ perceptions of sports equipment.
- Sound quality evaluation of impulsive sounds.
- Robotic simulation of sporting motion.
- Mechanical design and analysis of sports equipment.
- Impact dynamics and acoustics.
- Invited lectures: Engineering Integrity Society workshop on Product Sound and Vibration (2006), Better Golf Through Technology conference, MIT, Boston (2007).
- Invited papers: Sports Engineering Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L - Journal of Materials: Design and Applications (2006)
- Referee for Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Engineering
- Collaborative Research: The ‘Feel’ of a Golf Shot (Callaway Golf, 1998-2007), Personalised Protective Equipment (Dunlop-Slazenger, adidas, 2006-2010), Impulsive Sound Quality in Tennis (HEAD Sport, 2008-11),
- Commercialisation of research: Specialist advisor to adidas on player assessment of the 2006 World Cup football.