Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Personalised Footwear: E2HS - From Elite to High Street

 

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers working at the cutting edge of Sports Technology, Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Design and Ergonomics is breaking new ground to develop high performance sports footwear, optimised for the individual athlete.  The technologies being developed will contribute to the UK's medal winning prospects in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, with a longer-term goal of bringing personalised sports shoes to the high street.

This research has been funded with over £1m from Loughborough University's EPSRC funded Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC). The Centre is the largest of its kind in the UK and has funded over 100 engineering based research projects across a range of disciplines.

Achievements to date

Proof that optimised footwear enhances sprint performance.

A patent application to secure a license for a new type of footwear.

The development of a new Additive Manufacturing process to reduce time and costs.

The commissioning of a study for New Balance Athletic Shoes by MIT.

A USA Society of Manufacturing Engineering Breakthrough Technology Award.

The commission of a film about the team's research by the Institute of Engineering Technology to encourage young people to become engineers.

Researcher recruited for public understanding campaign.

The award of further funding to develop and commercialise the research.

News

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E2HS researchers win 'outstanding paper' award
E2HS researchers win 'outstanding paper' award
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Technology featured on Canadian Discovery Channel
Technology featured on Canadian Discovery Channel

Could technology make Usain Bolt even faster?
BBC website

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USA Society of Manufacturing Engineering Breakthrough Technology Award, May 2009

EIT video link
Institute of Engineering Technology films our research to encourage young people to become engineers

Dan Toon
Find out why Dan Toon has been making NOISE about our research for the EPSRC

Sprinter ground contact at 50m
View footage of elite sprinter ground contact at 50m