Dr Simon Choppin

Job title: 
Research fellow

Dr Simon Choppin is a research fellow at the centre, where he specialises in camera vision, high speed video and data modelling.

His PhD at Sheffield University investigated tennis racket dynamics and involved working with the International Tennis Federation. In 2006 he developed a novel 3D method of racket and ball tracking, which was used at a Wimbledon qualifying tournament. His subsequent paper, presented at the Tennis Science and Technology Conference 2007, was awarded the Howard Brody Award for outstanding academic contribution.

Simon is also a keen science communicator and has taken part in several high profile events promoting the image of science and technology, he was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship in 2009 and worked with the Guardian newspaper for four weeks. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute. His current research focuses on the novel use of consumer depth cameras in biomechanics and he also works on a large project utilising neural network and genetic algorithm optimisation techniques. He edits and contributes to the CSER blog, Engineering Sport and is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal.

Research outputs

Clarkson, S., Wheat, J., Heller, B., Webster, J. and Choppin S. (2013) "Distortion correction of depth data from consumer depth cameras, 4th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Long Beach, California, 18-22 November 2013.

Clarkson, S., Choppin, S., Hart, J., Heller, B. & Wheat, J. (2012) "Calculating body segment inertia parameters from a single rapid scan using the Microsoft Kinect", 3rd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, pp. 153-163, Lugano, Switzerland.

Domone, S., Wheat. J., Choppin, S., Hamilton, N. & Heller B. (2012) "Wavelet based de-housing of non-stationary kinematic signals", 30th Annual Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Vol. 3, pp. 376-379.

Langley, J., Le Maitre, C., Vernon-Parry, K. Lockley, E., Westerman, J., Smith, J., Wheat, J. &  Choppin, S.B. (2012) "Being interdisciplinary….. Creating a culture for the academics of tomorrow", Understanding Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, June 2012.

Choppin, S.B., Goodwill, S.R. & Haake, S.J. (2011) "Impact characteristics of the ball and racket during play at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament", Journal of Sports Engineering, Vol. 13 (4), pp. 163-170.

Haake, S.J. & Choppin, S.B. (2010) "Feeling the pressure: The World Cup's Altitude Factor", New Scientist.

Choppin, S.B. & Kelley, J. (2010) "Generating football Cd profiles without a wind tunnel" Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport - Engineering Emotion, Vol. 2, pp. 2449-2454, Vienna.

Choppin, S.B., Goodwill, S.R. & Haake, S.J. (2010) "Investigations into the effect of grip tightness on off-centre forehand strikes in tennis", Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, Vol. 224, pp. 249-257.

Allen, T., Goodwill, S.R., Choppin, S.B. & Haake, S.J. (2009) "Comparison of a finite element model of a tennis racket against simulated play", Ansys Conference and 27th CADFEM Users Meeting.

Choppin, S.B., Goodwill, S.R., Haake, S.J. & Miller, S. (2008) "Ball and racket movement recorded at the 2006 Wimbledon qualifying tournament", Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport 7, (Eds. M. Estivalet & P. Brisson) Vol. 1, pp. 563-569.

Peer Review Publications

Choppin, S B, Goodwill, S R and Haake, S J (2010): Investigation into the Effect of Grip Tightness on Off-Centre Forehand Strikes in Tennis, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 224(4) pp 249
NB: This paper was one of the journal’s most highly cited in 2011, given free access for 12 months.

Choppin, S B, Goodwill, S R and Haake, S J (2011): Impact Characteristics of the Ball and Racket During Play at the Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, Sports Engineering

Allen, T, Choppin, S B, Carré, M and Foster, L (2012): A review of methodology for assessing the performance of field hockey sticks

Papers in preparation

Choppin, S B, Wheat, J (2012): The potential of the Microsoft Kinect in sports analysis and biomechanics, Sports Technology [in review]

Choppin, S B, Lane, B, Wheat, J (2012): The accuracy of the Microsoft Kinect in body segment tracking, Journal of Applied Biomechanics [in review]

Choppin, S B, Lane, B, Wheat, J (2012): The accuracy of the Microsoft Kinect in notational player tracking,

Choppin, S B, Kelley, J (2012): Calculating football drag profiles from simulated trajectories, Sports Engineering [in review]

Peer reviewed Conference papers

Choppin, S B, Whyld, N M, Goodwill, S R and Haake, S J (2005): 3D Impact Analysis in Tennis, The Impact of Technology on Sport, pp 373, Eds: Subic, A and Ujihashi, S

Choppin, S B, Goodwill, S R and Haake, S J (2006): 3D Player Testing in Tennis. The Engineering of Sport 6, pp 385, Eds: Moritz E F and Haake, S J

Choppin S B, Goodwill, S R, Haake, S J and Miller, S (2007): 3D Player Testing at the Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, Tennis Science and Technology Three, pp 333, Eds: Miller, S and Capel-Davies, J

Choppin, S B, Goodwill, S R, Haake, S J and Miller, S (2007): 3D Player Testing Results from the Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, Tennis Science and Technology Three, pp 341, Eds: Miller, S and Capel-Davies, J

Haake, S J, Allen, T, Choppin, S B and Goodwill, S R (2007): The Evolution of the Tennis Racket and its Effect on Serve Speed, Tennis Science and Technology 3, pp 257, Eds: Miller, S and Capel-Davis, J

Choppin, S B, Goodwill, S R, Haake, S J and Miller, S (2008): Ball and Racket Movement Recorded at the 2006 Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, The Engineering of Sport 7, pp 563, Eds: Estivalet, M and Brisson, P

Choppin, S B, Kelley, J and Haake S J (2010): Generating Football Cd Profiles without a Wind Tunnel, The Engineering of Sport 8, pp 2449, Eds: Sabo, A, Litzenberger, S, Kafka, P and Sabo, C

Choppin, S B, (2012): A method for calculating football aerodynamic profiles from recorded trajectories, Physics in Sport, Paris.

Choppin, S B, Wheat, J, (2012): Markerless tracking of human movement using Microsoft Kinect, International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Eds: Bradshaw, E J, Burnett, A and Hume, P A

Domone, S, Wheat, J, Choppin, S B, Hamilton, N, Heller, B, (2012): Wavelet Based De-Noising of Non-Stationary Kinematic Signals, International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Eds: Bradshaw, E J, Burnett, A and Hume, P A

Langley, J, Le maitre, C, Vernon-Parry, K, Lockley, E, Westerman, J, Smith, J, Wheat, J, Choppin, S B, (2012): Being interdisciplinary… creating a culture for the academics of tomorrow, Understanding Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice, Sheffield.

Clarkson, S, Choppin, S B, Hart, J, Heller, B, Wheat, J, (2012): Calculating Body Segment Inertia Parameters from a Single Rapid Scan using the Microsoft Kinect, 3rd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland.

Other Publications

Allen, T, Goodwill, S R, Choppin, S B, and Haake, S J. (2009b): Comparison of a finite element model of a tennis racket against simulated play, In Proceedings of the ANSYS Conference and 27th CADFEM Users’ Meeting. Dresden: CADFEM GmbH and ANSYS Germany GmbH

Haake, S J and Choppin, S B (2010): Feeling the Pressure: The World Cup’s Altitude Factor, New Scientist, 2763

Choppin, S B (2012): Collaborations Workshop 2012: Software, Sharing and Collaboration in Oxford, Ariadne Magazine: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/

Invited Book Chapters

Allen, T, Choppin, S & Knudson, D (in prep), Ergonomics aspect of tennis racket, Routledge Handbook of Ergonomics in Sports and Exercise.

Journal Special Editions

Special issue on predictive modelling in sport, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, Eds: Allen, T, Choppin, S B.

 

Telephone 0114 225 4405

email s.choppin@shu.ac.uk

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