Dr Simon Choppin

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Research fellow

Dr Simon Choppin is a research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. His current interests include the novel use of consumer depth cameras in biomechanics. Simon’s focus is on the algorithms and processes which manipulate the three-dimensional point data generated by depth cameras. In addition to this he has developed expertise in physical and statistical modelling, optimisation processes and ball aerodynamics.

At Nottingham University he completed a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics before moving to Sheffield to study for a PhD. In his PhD at Sheffield University he worked closely with the International Tennis Federation to develop 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 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 in which he worked with the Guardian newspaper. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute. He edits and contributes to the CSER blog, engineeringsport.co.uk and is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal.

Research outputs

Peer Review Publications
S B Choppin (2013) An investigation into the power point in tennis, 173-180. In Sports Engineering 16 (3).

S B Choppin (2013) Calculating football drag profiles from simulated trajectories, 189-194. In Sports Engineering 16 (3).

J S Wheat, S B Choppin, A Goyal (2013) Development and Assessment of a Microsoft Kinect based system for imaging the breast in three dimensions. In Medical engineering & physics.

S B Choppin, J S Wheat (2013) The potential of the Microsoft Kinect in sports analysis and biomechanics, 37-41. In Sports Technology.

T B Allen, L Foster, M Carré, S B Choppin (2012) Characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks, 221-226. In Sports Engineering 15 (4).

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake (2011) Impact characteristics of the ball and racket during play at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. In Sports Engineering.

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake (2010) Investigations into the effect of grip tightness on off-centre forehand strikes in tennis, 249-257. In Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology 224 (4).

Conference Proceedings
S Clarkson, J S Wheat, B Heller, S B Choppin (2014) Assessing the Suitability of the Microsoft Kinect for Calculating Person Specific Body Segment Parameters. In 4th IEEE Workshop on Consumer Depth Cameras for Computer Vision.

Dave Schorah, Simon Choppin, David James (2014) Effect of Moment of Inertia and Physical Profile on Restricted Motion Swing Speed, 593-598. In Procedia Engineering, Engineering of Sport 10

Nathan Elliott, Simon Choppin, Simon R. Goodwill, Tom Allen (2014) Markerless Tracking of Tennis Racket Motion Using a Camera, 344-349. In Procedia Engineering, Engineering of Sport 10

S B Choppin, H Probst, A Goyal, S Clarkson, J S Wheat (2013) Breast Volume Calculation Using a Low-Cost Scanning System. In 4th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning Technologies.

S Clarkson, J S Wheat, B Heller, J Webster, S B Choppin (2013) Distortion Correction of Depth Data from Consumer Depth Cameras. In 4th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning.

S Clarkson, S B Choppin, J Hart, B Heller, J S Wheat (2012) Calculating Body Segment Inertia Parameters from a Single Rapid Scan Using the Microsoft Kinect, 153-163. In 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning.

N. Elliott, S. Choppin, S.R. Goodwill, T. Allen (2012) Image-based visual hull of a tennis racket, 877. In Procedia Engineering. Engineering of Sport 9

Dave Schorah, Simon Choppin, David James (2012) Investigating the relationship between swing weight and swing speed across different sports using historical data, 766-771. In Procedia Engineering, Engineering of Sport 9

Choppin, S. & Wheat, J., 2012. Marker-less tracking of human movement using Microsoft Kinect. ISBS-Conference Proceedings …, pp.1–4.

Domone, S. et al., 2012. Wavelet based de-noising of non-stationary kinematic signals. In ISBS-Conference Proceedings ….

S B Choppin, J Kelley, S J Haake (2010) Generating Football Cd Profiles without a Wind Tunnel. In Procedia Engineering, The Engineering of Sport 8.

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake, S Miller (2008) Ball and Racket Movement Recorded at the 2006 Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, 563. In Procedia Engineering, The Engineering of Sport 7.

J Kelley, S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake (2010) Validation of a live, automatic ball velocity and spin rate finder in tennis, 2967-2972. In Procedia Engineering 2 (2).

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake, S Miller (2007) 3D Player Testing at the Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament. In Tennis Science and Technology 3.

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake, S Miller (2007) 3D Player Testing Results from the Wimbledon Qualifying Tournament, 341-348. In Tennis Science and Technology 3.

S J Haake, T B Allen, S B Choppin, S R Goodwill (2007) The Evolution of the Tennis Racket and its Effect on Serve Speed, 257-271. In Tennis Science and Technology 3.

S B Choppin, S R Goodwill, S J Haake (2006) 3D Player testing in Tennis, 385-390. In Procedia Engineering, The Engineering of Sport 6.

S B Choppin, N M Whyld, S R Goodwill, S J Haake (2005) 3D Impact Analysis in Tennis, 373-378. In Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology (1).

Other Publications
S B Choppin, J S Wheat, A Goyal (2014) Using the Microsoft Kinect to measure breast volume: Thoughts and experiences.. In Journal of plastic, reconstructive & ….

Choppin, S.B., 2014. Hard Evidence: how with the 2014 World Cup ball swerve? The Conversation.

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

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

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 ANSYSConference and 27th CADFEM Users’ Meeting. Dresden: CADFEM GmbH and ANSYSGermany GmbH

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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