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Chris Hudson

Dr. Chris Hudson BSc. MSc. PhD.

Senior Research Fellow

Summary

Dr Chris Hudson is a senior research fellow within the Sports Engineering Research Centre, specialising in the development of software for Olympic and Paralympic sports. Chris works within the EIS Innovation Partnership project and has developed a wide range of systems to help monitor elite athlete’s training and tournament performances. Chris is experienced in software programming and has built applications that interface with a variety of hardware devices including machine vision cameras, timing units, force platforms and IP cameras. Chris’s main research interests is the development of systems that collect, store, report and analyse sport data.


  • About

    Dr Chris Hudson is a senior research fellow at the Sports Engineering Research Centre. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University Chris worked as a software developer for twelve years and attained a BSc and MSc in Computer Science from York and Leeds universities. During his PhD, Chris developed an automated system that measured swimmer speed from the video footage captured by a single low-cost camcorder. The system used image processing techniques to automatically track each swimmer’s progress and a nonlinear planar calibration technique to reconstruct swimmer coordinates from highly distorted images.

    Chris works within the EIS Innovation Partnership project and has developed a wide range of systems to help monitor elite athlete’s training and tournament performances. Chris is experienced in software programming and has built applications that interface with a variety of hardware devices including machine vision cameras, timing units, force platforms and IP cameras. As part of this work, Chris was part of the British Swimming team at two World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.


    Areas of interest:

    • Sports engineering
    • Software development
    • Elite sport
    • Performance analysis

  • Teaching

  • Research

    Research centre:

    Research theme group: 

    Current research projects: 

    • EIS Innovation Partnership 

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • English Institute of Sport Innovation and Technology Partnership 
  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Driscoll, H., Hudson, C., Dunn, M., & Kelley, J. (2018). Image based stroke-rate detection system for swim race analysis. Proceedings, 2 (6), 286-292. http://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060286

    Hudson, C. (2014). Inter-analyst variability in swimming competition analysis. Procedia Engineering, 72, 192-195. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.032

    Conference papers

    Higham, D., Kelley, J., Hudson, C., & Goodwill, S. (2016). Finding the optimal background subtraction algorithm for EuroHockey 2015 video. Procedia Engineering, 147, 637-642. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.261

    Theses / Dissertations

    Higham, D.W. (2018). Extracting field hockey player coordinates using a single wide-angle camera. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Goodwill, S., Kelley, J., & Hudson, C.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Current supervised PhD students:

    • Higham, D., Tracking Hockey Players using a Single Wide-Angle Camera
  • Media

    Dr Chris Hudson is a senior research fellow within the Sports Engineering Research Centre, specialising in the development of software for Olympic and Paralympic sports. Chris works within the EIS Innovation Partnership project, and has developed a wide range of systems to help monitor elite athlete’s training and tournament performances.  Chris is experienced in software programming experience, and has built applications that interface with a variety of hardware devices including machine vision cameras, timing units, force platforms and IP cameras. Chris's main research area is in the application of novel photogrammetry techniques.


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