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girwin88
07-06-2009, 12:06 AM
Dear All please see advert below.




Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Awards


Ranked amongst the top new universities, UWIC has a strong track record in both learning and teaching and research and is proud of its long term engagement with businesses and the wider community.

Results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise judged 60% of work submitted by UWIC as being internationally recognised or better. UWIC is now keen to build on this success through a programme of funded studentships for EU/UK nationals (funding restrictions). Each award will be in line with RCUK bursaries (currently £13,290 per annum) plus home fees and will be for a duration of three years.

As a result, two doctoral awards in the area of sports biomechanics are available

For more information on the project, please visit the UWIC website at http://www.uwicresearch.co.uk/doctoral-scholarships

Closing date for applications is 20th July 2009.





PROJECT ONE

Study Area: Sport biomechanics

Project Title: USAIN (Ubiquitous Sensor Athlete Information Network) Wireless technology based feedback for performance enhancement in athletics

Project Outline The aim of this project is to determine the effectiveness of detailed feedback derived from novel athlete worn sensors. Within the SESAME project, a range of new sensors and network systems have been developed which provide detailed information on individual performances. Individual foot contact times throughout training runs, automatically detected split times over known distances for each athlete and automatically tracked synchronized high speed video images offer coaches unparalleled information on which to base their coaching advice. All data are automatically time stamped and archived making them accessible for routine trend analyses. This level of detail has never been readily available in a training environment. The aims of this project are to evaluate these new technologies in a coaching setting, identify variables which are key to improving sprinting performance, and determine the most effective ways of communicating this information to the athlete.

The research question to be addressed is, can wireless sensor enabled feedback be effective in enhancing athletic performance? To achieve this, studies will be conducted on enhancing understanding and communication of feedback. Identification of those aspects of data which best inform technical developments and lead to improved performance will be key.

All will be addressed in an ecologically valid coaching environment and informed by expertise in wireless technology (Prof Stephen Hailes, UCL) and motor learning (Prof Karl Newell, Penn State University, USA).

This study will build on research in the SESAME project, a EPSRC funded research project involving partners from UCL, The University of Cambridge and the Royal Veterinary College London, and based at UWIC in the Cardiff School of Sport (www.sesame.ucl.ac.uk).

The successful candidate will join the Cardiff School of Sport, Sports Biomechanics Research Group, and be based in the National Indoor Athletics Centre, UWIC. Applicants will be expected to possess at least a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree in sports science with a strong emphasis on biomechanics. Good computing skills are essential and a sound knowledge of research methods is desirable. Willingness to travel is important.

Sports related research at UWIC was rated 6th in the UK following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. 25% of UWIC's Sports Related Studies submission was rated internationally excellent or world leading.

For more information, please contact the project leader, Prof David Kerwin at dkerwin@uwic.ac.uk





PROJECT TWO

Study Area: Sports biomechanics

Project Title: Technologically driven feedback for skill acquisition in sport - GOLD (Gymnastics OnLine Diagnostics)

Project Outline This project aims to develop and evaluate an automatic diagnostic feedback system to provide coaches and performers with data to positively influence skill learning. This research will harness novel inputs from machine vision (Dr Rob Harle: University of Cambridge) with expertise in motor learning (Prof Karl Newell, Penn State University, USA) to inform in-house expertise in 3D motion-tracking and high bar instrumentation, to create an enhanced ecologically valid training environment. The gymnastics 'longswing' will be the focus, with clearly defined requirements for successful execution being defined by the Fédération Internationale Gymnastique. Based on biomechanical data from elite performers, the machine vision system will be 'taught' to automatically identify and weight the characteristics of body orientation, joint configuration and timing to successfully complete the skill. Evaluation of novices learning the skill with and without feedback will complete the study.

The research question to be addressed is, can computer vision be effective in sports coaching? To achieve this, a series of studies will be conducted which focus on enhancing understanding of particular skills, before developing an automated scoring system and evaluating the resulting feedback. All these will be addressed in an ecologically valid coaching environment and informed by current research into motor learning.

This study will build on research in the SESAME project, a EPSRC funded research project involving partners from UCL, The University of Cambridge and the Royal Veterinary College London, and based at UWIC in the Cardiff School of Sport (www.sesame.ucl.ac.uk).

The successful candidate will join the Cardiff School of Sport, Sports Biomechanics Research Group, and be based in the National Indoor Athletics Centre, UWIC. Applicants will be expected to possess at least a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree in sports science with a strong emphasis on biomechanics. Good computing skills are essential and a sound knowledge of research methods is desirable. Willingness to travel is important.

Sports related research at UWIC was rated 6th in the UK following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. 25% of UWIC's Sports Related Studies submission was rated internationally excellent or world leading.

For more information, please contact the project leader, Dr Gareth Irwin at girwin@uwic.ac.uk





Regards

Gareth

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Dr Gareth Irwin
Principal Lecturer

Head of Biomechanics



Cardiff School of Sport
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Cyncoed Road
Cardiff
CF23 6XD, United Kingdom





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