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David Curtis

David Curtis BEng. MSc. MA.

Principal Research Fellow & Deputy Director

Summary

David Curtis is a principal research fellow and deputy director at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. He is responsible for developing and managing collaborative projects such as the EU funded ProFit FieldLab project, the South Yorkshire region sports cluster initiative SportsPulse, and the cross-University Innovation Futures project. In his role as deputy director he has responsibility for contracts and IP, and also data governance. David is now working with Professor Steve Haake on the development of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, due to open in January 2019.

  • About

    David Curtis is a principal research fellow and deputy director at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. David is responsible for developing and managing large collaborative projects such as the EU Interreg funded ProFit Field-Lab project, the Sheffield city region sports cluster initiative SportsPulse, and the cross-University Innovation Futures project.  In this time he has developed expertise and understanding of how to get the best from multi-stakeholder collaboration projects. David also has considerable experience of helping sports companies make best use of University expertise and facilities for the development of new products. In his role as Deputy Director he has responsibility for contracts and IP, and also data governance.

    David has worked closely 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 networks built through this initiative helped lay a foundation for the recent launch of the Outdoor City Strategy, and the development of the Olympic Legacy Park.  Alongside the work on collaborative innovation projects, David has a research interest in cricket bats.  He has conducted several consultancy projects with Gunn & Moore, including the development of a cricket bat selection tool and an investigation of the bat pressing process in the GM factory.  His current research investigates methods to enable mass moment of inertia to become a new basis for cricket bat selection.  He has a personal blog called The Cricket Bat Journal which is an outlet for ideas, views, and analysis around the design and use of cricket bats.He has been with the centre since January 2000, and had previous engineering experience in the Aerospace and Oil Industries. He is now working with Professor Steve Haake on the development of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, due to open in January 2017.

    Areas of interest

    • Innovation  management
    • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
    • Dynamics of swung implements e.g. cricket bats
  • Teaching

  • Research

    Research centre: 

    • Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)

    Research theme group:

    Current research projects:

    • Westfield Health - Innovation programme
    • Developing a model for enhancing outdoor spaces to promote physical activity on brown field developments
    • Dynamics of swung implements - investigating methods for optimising moment of Inertia for players

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • Westfield Health
    • Harworth Group
    • B3 Cricket
    • Sheffield City Council
    • Timberplay
    • Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
    • Univerite de Lille2
  • Publications

    FOSTER, Leon, HELLER, Ben, WILLIAMS, Alan, DUNN, Marcus, CURTIS, David and GOODWILL, Simon (2016). Development of smart inner city recreational facilities to encourage active living. In: GARCIA, Carmelo R., CABALLERO-GIL, Pino, BURMESTER, Mike and QUESADA-ARENCIBIA, Alexis, (eds.) Ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence : 10th International Conference, UCAmI 2016, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Spain, November 29 – December 2, 2016,. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, II (10070). Springer, 458-468.

    BRESLIN, G, BEATTIE, M, CURTIS, David, GIELEN, M, MURPHY, M and 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., 3-5 April 2014. (Unpublished)

    ALLEN, Tom, FAUTEUX-BRAULT, Olivier, JAMES, David and CURTIS, David (2014). Finite element model of a cricket ball impacting a bat. Procedia Engineering, 72, 521-526.

    FOSTER, L, HELLER, B, GOODWILL, S and CURTIS, D (2014). Visual tracking of a GPS target within a FieldLab. In: The engineering of sport. Procedia Engineering, 10 (72). Elsevier, 168-173.

    CURTIS, David, HURT, Georgina and HELLER, Ben (2014). The reliability of a tapping test as an indicator of cricket bat performance. Procedia Engineering, 72, 666-671.

    JAMES, David, CURTIS, David, ALLEN, Tom and RIPPIN, Tom (2012). The validity of a rigid body model of a cricket ball-bat impact. Procedia engineering, 34, 682-687.

    HART, J., CURTIS, D. and HAAKE, S. J. (2006). Computational fluid dynamic analysis of a water ski jumper. In: MORITZ, E. F. and HAAKE, S., (eds.) Engineering of sport 6. Springer, 401-406.

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

    MCHUTCHON, M. A., CURTIS, D. and CARRE, M. J. (2004). Parametric design of field hockey sticks. In: HUBBARD, M., MEHTA, R. D. and PALLIS, J. M., (eds.) The engineering of sport 5. International sport engineering association, 284-290.

    HART, J., CURTIS, D., HAMILTON, N. D. R. and HAAKE, S. J. (2004). Scanning large geometries for use in computational fluid dynamic analysis. In: HUBBARD, M., MEHTA, R. D. and PALLIS, J. M., (eds.) The engineering of sport 5. International sport engineering association, 601-607.

  • Media

    David Curtis is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. He is responsible for developing and managing collaborative projects such as the EU funded ProFit FieldLab project, the South Yorkshire region sports cluster initiative SportsPulse, and the cross-University Innovation Futures project. In his role as Deputy Director he has responsibility for operational business management of the centre. David is now working with Professor Steve Haake on the development of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, due to open in January 2017.

    The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr David James. It 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 disciplines; 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, FIFA, and Adidas.

    Area of expertise: 

    • Sports engineering 
    • Innovation  management
    • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
    • Dynamics of swung implements e.g. cricket bats

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