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David Curtis

David Curtis BEng. MSc. MA.

Principal Research Fellow

Summary

David Curtis is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, which is part of the Academy of Sport & Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University.  

  • About

    David Curtis is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, which is part of the Academy of Sport & Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University.  Prior to joining CSER, David worked in the Aerospace and the Oil & Gas Industry.  Over his 18 years in the centre he has developed and managed large academia-industry collaborative projects such as the Sports SET Network, the regional sports cluster initiative SportsPulse, and the EU funded ProFit FieldLab project.  David has worked with Sheffield city partners on the strategic development of the sports and leisure business sector in the Sheffield city region - primarily through his lead of the SportsPulse project.  The activity and networks developed through SportsPulse helped build foundations for Sheffield's Outdoor City Strategy and the Olympic Legacy Park.  He is currently managing programme projects with Westfield Health, and the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity on behalf of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at SHU.  

    David has research interests in the dynamic performance of swung implements, focusing on cricket bats.  He teaches on the BSc Sport & Exercise Technology course, and supervises MSc projects.  He has conducted projects with Gunn & Moore, B3 Cricket, and currently with Decathlon (FLX).  He also has professional practice interests in the complexities of multi-stakeholder innovation projects.    David has a lead role for contracts and IP, and information governance, and been part of the CSER leadership team for 8+ years. 

    Areas of interest:

    • Dynamics of swung implements e.g. cricket bats
    • Field-based human movement measurement systems
    • Innovation  management
    • Multi-stakeholder collaboration


  • Teaching

    BSc. Sports & Exercise Technology, level 4 - module leader and instructor for Developing Professional Skills   

    MSc. Sports Engineering - industry-linked project supervisor

  • Research

    Research centre: 

    Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)

    Research theme group:

    Current research projects:

    • Dynamics of swung implements - investigating methods for optimising moment of Inertia for players
    • Investigating methods to quantify subjective user characteristics of cricket bats
    • Digital systems for player use monitoring on public access football pitches
    • Westfield Health - Innovation programme
    • The Children's Hospital Charity - innovation programme

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • Decathlon (FLX)
    • Football Foundation
    • Basketball England
    • Westfield Health
    • Sheffield City Council
  • Publications

    Key Publications

    Fowler Davis, S., Barnett, D., Kelley, J., & Curtis, D. (2019). Potential for digital monitoring to enhance wellbeing at home for people with mild dementia and their family carers. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. http://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-190844

    Curtis, D., Hurt, G., & Heller, B. (2014). The reliability of a tapping test as an indicator of cricket bat performance. Procedia Engineering, 72, 666-671. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.113

    James, D., Curtis, D., Allen, T., & Rippin, T. (2012). The validity of a rigid body model of a cricket ball-bat impact. Procedia engineering, 34, 682-687. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2012.04.116

    Journal articles

    Hart, J., Curtis, D., Hamilton, N.D.R., & Haake, S. (2004). Scanning large geometries for use in computational fluid dynamic analysis. .

    Curtis, D., & Carre, M.J. (2004). Olympians look to physics. Physics World, 17 (8), 25-27. http://doi.org/10.1088/2058-7058/17/8/29

    Conference papers

    Foster, L., Heller, B., Williams, A., Dunn, M., Curtis, D., & Goodwill, S. (2016). Development of smart inner city recreational facilities to encourage active living. In Garcia, C.R., Caballero-Gil, P., Burmester, M., & Quesada-Arencibia, A. (Eds.) Ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence : 10th International Conference, UCAmI 2016, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Spain, November 29 – December 2, 2016, (pp. 458-468). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48799-1_50

    Allen, T., Fauteux-Brault, O., James, D., & Curtis, D. (2014). Finite element model of a cricket ball impacting a bat. Procedia Engineering, 72, 521-526. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.090

    Foster, L., Heller, B., Goodwill, S., & Curtis, D. (2014). Visual tracking of a GPS target within a FieldLab. Procedia Engineering, 72 (72), 168-173. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.044

    Breslin, G., Beattie, M., Curtis, D., Gielen, M., Murphy, M., & Wallace, E. (2014). Developing a European network of fieldlabs to stimulate innovation in physical activity, sport and play. In Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch, Castlereagh, Northern ireland, 3 April 2014 - 5 April 2014.

    Hart, J., Curtis, D., & Haake, S. (2006). Computational fluid dynamic analysis of a water ski jumper. In Moritz, E.F., & Haake, S. (Eds.) Engineering of sport 6, (pp. 401-406). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-46050-5_71

    Curtis, D.T., & Haake, S. (2004). Academia-industry collaboration: a catalyst for sports product innovation in the UK. The engineering of sport 5, 2, 602-608.

    Book chapters

    Curtis, D., & Heller, B. (2010). Elastic modulus and related properties. In Bartlett, R., Gratton, C., & Rolf, C.G. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies. Routledge

    Curtis, D. (2006). Viscoelasticity. In Bartlett, R., Gratton, C., & Rolf, C. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies. Routledge

    Curtis, D. (2006). Viscosity. In Bartlett, R., Gratton, C., & Rolf, C. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies. Routledge

    McHutchon, M.A., Curtis, D., & Carre, M.J. (2004). Parametric design of field hockey sticks. In Hubbard, M., Mehta, R.D., & Pallis, J.M. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 5. (pp. 284-290). International sport engineering association

  • Media

    David Curtis is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, which is part of the Academy of Sport & Physical Activity at SHU.  Over his 18 years in the centre he has developed and managed large academia-industry collaborative projects such as the Sports SET Network, the regional sports cluster initiative SportsPulse, and the EU funded ProFit FieldLab project.  In this area he is currently managing programme projects with Westfield Health, and the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.  David has research interests in the dynamic performance of swung implements, focused mainly on cricket bats, and teaches on the BSc Sport & Exercise Technology course, and supervises MSc projects.  He has professional practice interests in the complexities of multi-stakeholder innovation projects, and leads on contracts and IP, and information governance.  He has been part of the CSER leadership team for over 8 years.

    The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is the world's largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer.  The centre's work is based on four research themes; applied computing, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity.

    CSER works in partnership with many sport, health and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, Decathlon, and Adidas.

    Area of expertise: 

    • Sports engineering 
    • Innovation  management
    • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
    • Dynamics of swung implements particularly cricket bats
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