|Lord Coe Speaking at the ESPRIT 2011 Conference |
ESPRIT 2011 was the second annual conference, hosted in the prestigious Eton Rowing Club in Dorney Lake, Windsor, on 10th of October 2011.
The head of the London Olympic Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, along with around 150 delegates from a range of sporting organisations, attended the conference. Lord Coe was the keynote speaker at the conference and he gave his personal insights into how sport science has evolved over the years.
The ESPRIT programme is an EPSRC funded research programme aimed at developing and applying novel pervasive sensing technologies to improve the understanding of physiology and dynamics of athletic performance in training and competitions, and to further extend the advances in sport towards technological transformation in healthcare, wellbeing and chronic disease management. Conference photos are available here.
|Wireless Sensing in Harsh Environments at BSN 2011|
the ESPRIT director Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, experts in BSN discussed the
challenges and opportunities in wireless sensing in harsh environments at the eighth
annual conference on Body Sensor Networks held in Dallas, 23-25 May 2011, Texas, USA.
The panel members include Dr. Srinath Hosur from Texas Instruments Inc and
Professor Ravi Prakash from University of Texas, Dallas.
presented the potential challenges in applying sensing technologies in
applications under harsh environments. Professor Prakash gave an insight of the
challenges encountered in terms of wireless interference in dense area.
Professor Yang shared with the audience the motivation and recent success of
the ESPRIT project in developing pervasive sensing technologies for sports
conference is an annual conference that aims to address the fast-growing BSN
research field, and offers participants a unique forum to discuss key issues
and innovative solutions in the BSN research. More information on the conference can be found here.
|ESPRIT Biosensing Workshop|
On Tuesday, 15th of March 2011, the ESPRIT team organized a
workshop on bio sensing, held at the premises of the UK Sport on Bernard
Street, London. The purpose of this
informal workshop was to bring together actors in fields related to pervasive
biological analysis (in e.g. sweat, saliva, blood, tissue fluid) including
biosensors (non-invasive and invasive) and their validation, biodetection,
smart fabrics technologies, sample collection and microfluidics (for immediate
or off-line analysis), and sports scientists and coaches. The main goal was to establish cross-fertilisation of ideas
in providing complete systems and devices for pervasive monitoring or rapid
off-line turnaround of pertinent in-situ physiological and biochemical
parameters during athlete training and competition, with further applications
in the healthcare field.
The programme included a talk on how to planned validation
studies by Andrew Dowsey, Imperial College London; Bionsensors for sports
applications: From invasive to non-invasive by Anna-Maria Spehar-Deleze (QMUL);
Real time sweat analysis using wearable micro-fluidic devices by Fernando
Benito Lopez (Dublin City); MNTC’s capabilities in micro/nano fabrication of
sensors and actuators for applications in life science and medicine by Andreas
Schneider (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory); Development of textile sensors by Tilak
Dias (Nottingham Trent); Clothes that think for themselves by Lauren Bowker (Royal
College of Art).
|Workshop on Sensing Technologies in Rowing |
On Monday, 31st of January 2011, the ESPRIT
consortium organised a workhop on pervasive sensing in rowing at the British
Rowing Club in Hammersmith. Within the three hour workshop the team discussed
the role of pervasive sensing technologies in rowing.
The speakers of the workshop included James Patterson from Imperial College London, who
spoke about the ESPRIT Multi-tier Sensor Networks; Anna-Maria Spehar-Deleze from Queen Mary University of London, who gave a
presentation on Wearable Biosensors; Caroline Hargrove from McLaren, who
introduced MAT GB Rowing Projects; Phil Harfield, who gave a presentation
on Current Rowing Instrumentation vs Requirements and Ben Holken, on Design of Elite Sport
|ESPRIT Tennis & Wheelchair Sports Workshop|
Friday, 21st of January 2011, the ESPRIT team organised a workshop
on pervasive sensing in Tennis & Wheelchair Sports. Hosted at the Hamlyn Centre,
Imperial College London, the workshop aimed to discuss role of the
sensing technologies in these sports.
workshop was held within three hours and concluded with general points and
discussions, followed by a drinks reception. The guests were welcomed by the ESPRIT Director Professor Guang-Zhong
Yang who opened the workshop and introduced the attendees.
speakers of the workshop included John Kelley and James Spurr, who gave a talk on automated
ball spin measurements; Julien Pansiot and Zhiqiang
spoke on player and wheelchair tracking; Caroline
Hargrove from McLaren who presented the System Integration models; Karl Cooke
on Strategy analysis and Marco Cardinale from British Olympic Association who
had a presentation on player and coach needs.
|New Multimedia and Remote Sensing for Sports |
On Wednesday, 13th of October 2010, the Queen Mary Bioscience
Innovation Centre hosted an event on multimedia and remote sensing for the
enhancement of sports performance.
The event provided a unique opportunity for discovering cutting-edge
advances in remote sensing, multimedia and sports technologies; opportunities
for collaborative research partnerships between industry and academia, hear
more about the future directions and new markets from our expert speaker panel,
enabling people to meet potential business partners, and hear more about the
future directions including new markets from expert speaker panel.
Speakers included Caroline Hargrove (McLaren Applied
Technologies); Paul Neilson (Prozone Sports); Graham Thomas (BBC); Benny Lo (Imperial College London) and Yang Hao (Queen Mary, University of London). The programme for this event is available here.
The first annual conference of the ESPRIT project was held on Friday, 8th of October 2010 at
the Henry Ford College near the world class sports training facilities at the
Loughborough University. The aim of the conference is to showcase the
progress and the latest developments of pervasive sensing technologies
for sports training. In addition, parallel workshops will be organised
by experts in sports performance, biomechanics, pervasive sensing and
This was the opportunity for delegates to see the state of the art technologies in
sports performance training and meet the experts and stakeholders in
the field. In addition, the ESPRIT announced its first call for proposal for
the ESPRIT PoC funded secondment.
More details on the first ESPRIT conference is available here
|ESPRIT Project Launch and Reception|
Wednesday, 28th October 2009 marked the launch of the ESPRIT Programme at the prestigious venue of Royal Society on Carlton House Terrace.
Generously funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the ESPRIT Programme has become the research programme aimed at developing and applying novel pervasive sensing
technologies to improve the understanding of physiology and dynamics of
athletic performance in training and competitions, and to further extend the
advances in sport towards technological transformation in healthcare, wellbeing
and chronic disease management.
Thanks to the EPSRC and UK Sport, the ESPRIT consortium organises the conference each year to showcase the developments of the ESPRIT pervasive sensing technologies. The project is managed by the ESPRIT Programme Director Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, from Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London.