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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
Led by 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.
 
Dr. Hosur 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 applications.
 
The BSN 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 Equipment.

ESPRIT Tennis & Wheelchair Sports Workshop
On 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.

The 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.

The speakers of the workshop included John Kelley and James Spurr, who gave a talk on automated ball spin measurements; Julien Pansiot and Zhiqiang Zhang, who 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.

ESPRIT 2010
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 related technologies.
 
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.