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Dr. Simon Choppin MEng. (Hons). PhD. FHEA.

Senior Research Fellow


Summary

Dr Simon Choppin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research and works in the area of 3D surface-imaging and human measurement. His research interests also include physical system modelling, computer vision and high-speed video. His current projects concern the use of low-cost 3D imaging systems in the assessment of human shape for health applications (for example, the early detection of swelling in lymphoedema). In addition to research Simon leads the MSc in Sports Engineering and is a keen public communicator. He edits and contributes to engineeringsport.co.uk, is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal, and supervises several PhD students.

About

Dr Simon Choppin, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research works in the area of 3D surface-imaging and human measurement. His research interests also include physical system modelling, computer vision and high-speed video.

Simon studied at Nottingham University (obtaining a MEng degree in Mechanical engineering with mathematics) before moving to Sheffield to start his PhD. During his PhD Simon 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 2006. His subsequent paper, presented at the Tennis Science and Technology Conference 2007 was awarded the Howard Brody Award for outstanding academic contribution.

His current research focuses the use of low-cost 3D imaging systems in the assessment of human shape for health applications (for example, the early detection of swelling in lymphoedema). His particular emphasis is on how rich 3D information can be used to inform and empower the clinician, coach and individual. In addition to research, Simon leads the MSc in Sports Engineering and teaches applications of numerical programming. 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 leads and contributes to the CSER blog, engineeringsport.co.uk, is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal, and supervises several PhD students.

Areas of interest:

  • 3D imaging and human measurement
  • Analysis of large datasets
  • Physical systems modelling

Teaching

MSc Sports Engineering (course leader):

  • Numerical Programming in Sports Engineering
  • Industry linked project

Research

Research centre:

  • Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)

Research theme groups:

Current research projects:

  • Hawkeye data analysis
  • 3D anthropometry
  • parkrun data analysis

Collaborators and sponsors: 

  • International Tennis Federation
  • Decathlon
  • Mitre football
  • Derby Hospitals

Publications

Journal articles

Taraborrelli, L., Choppin, S., Haake, S., Mohr, S., & Allen, T. (2021). Effect of materials and design on the bending stiffness of tennis rackets. European Journal of Physics. http://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/ac1146

Chiu, C.-.Y., Ciems, R., Thelwell, M., Bullas, A., & Choppin, S. (2021). Estimating Somatotype from a Single-camera 3D Body Scanning System. European Journal of Sport Science. http://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2021.1921041

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2021). Investigating the most important aspect of grass court tennis: short points. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954121999593

Allen, T., Choppin, S., & Knudson, D. (2020). Correction to: A review of tennis racket performance parameters (Sports Engineering, (2016), 19, 1, (1-11), 10.1007/s12283-014-0167-x). Sports Engineering, 23 (1). http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-020-00334-x

Choppin, S., Clarkson, S., Bullas, A., Thelwell, M., Heller, B., & Wheat, J. (2020). Anatomical and principal axes are not aligned in the torso: considerations for users of geometric modelling methods. Journal of Biomechanics, 110151. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.110151

Ascenso, G., Yap, M.H., Allen, T.B., Choppin, S.S., & Payton, C. (2020). FISHnet: Learning to Segment the Silhouettes of Swimmers. IEEE Access, 8, 178311-178321. http://doi.org/10.1109/access.2020.3027260

Thelwell, M., Chiu, C.-.Y., Bullas, A., Hart, J., Wheat, J., & Choppin, S. (2020). How shape-based anthropometry can complement traditional anthropometric techniques: a cross-sectional study. Scientific Reports, 10 (1), 12125. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69099-4

Ascenso, G., Yap, M.H., Allen, T., Choppin, S.S., & Payton, C. (2020). A review of silhouette extraction algorithms for use within visual hull pipelines. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, 1-22. http://doi.org/10.1080/21681163.2020.1790040

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2019). Important performance characteristics in elite clay and grass court tennis match-play. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. http://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1685804

Taraborrelli, L., Grant, R., Sullivan, M., Choppin, S., Spurr, J., Haake, S., & Allen, T. (2019). Materials Have Driven the Historical Development of the Tennis Racket. Applied Sciences, 9 (20), e4352. http://doi.org/10.3390/app9204352

Chiu, C.-.Y., Thelwell, M., Senior, T., Choppin, S., Hart, J., & Wheat, J. (2019). Comparison of depth cameras for three-dimensional reconstruction in medicine. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 233 (9), 938-947. http://doi.org/10.1177/0954411919859922

Taraborrelli, L., Grant, R., Sullivan, M., Choppin, S., Spurr, J., Haake, S., & Allen, T. (2019). Recommendations for estimating the moments of inertia of a tennis racket. Sports Engineering, 22 (11). http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-019-0303-8

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2019). A simple new method for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in elite tennis. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 14 (1), 43-50. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118809089

Fitzpatrick, A., Stone, J., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. (2019). A simple new method for identifying performance characteristics associated with success in elite tennis. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 14 (1), 43-50. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118809089

Elliott, N., Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., Senior, T., Hart, J., & Allen, T. (2018). Single view silhouette fitting techniques for estimating tennis racket position. Sports Engineering, 21 (2), 137-147. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-017-0243-0

Allen, T., Grant, R., Sullivan, M., Taraborrelli, L., Choppin, S., Spurr, J., & Haake, S. (2018). Recommendations for measuring tennis racket parameters. Proceedings, 2 (6), 263. http://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060263

Choppin, S., Albrecht, S., Spurr, J., & Capel-Davies, J. (2018). The effect of ball wear on ball aerodynamics: An investigation using hawk-eye data. Proceedings, 2 (6), 265. http://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060265

Goff, J., Kelley, J., Hobson, C., Seo, K., Asai, T., & Choppin, S. (2017). Creating drag and lift curves from soccer trajectories. European Journal of Physics, 38 (4). http://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aa6fcd

Choppin, S., Wheat, J., Gee, M., & Goyal, A. (2016). The accuracy of breast volume measurement methods: a systematic review. The Breast, 28, 121-129. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2016.05.010

Laws, S., Choppin, S., Peiris, L., & Rainsbury, D. (2016). Validation of the 3D laser as a tool to measure breast volume in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and other breast diseases. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO), 42 (5), S26. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejso.2016.02.106

Bullas, A., Choppin, S., Heller, B., & Wheat, J. (2016). Validity and repeatability of a depth camera based surface imaging system for thigh volume measurement. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (20), 1998-2004. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2016.1149604

Schorah, D., Choppin, S., & James, D. (2015). Effects of moment of inertia on restricted motion swing speed. Sports Biomechanics, 14 (2), 157-167. http://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2015.1027949

Probst, H., Choppin, S., Harrison, M., & Goyal, A. (2015). The development of a low cost 3D surface imaging system to measure breast volume: defining minimum standards using an adapted Delphi consensus study. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 68 (12), 1770-1772. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2015.09.014

Clarkson, S., Wheat, J., Heller, B., & Choppin, S. (2015). Assessment of a Microsoft Kinect-based 3D scanning system for taking body segment girth measurements : a comparison to ISAK and ISO standards. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (11), 1006-1014. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1085075

Allen, T., Choppin, S., & Knudson, D. (2015). A review of tennis racket performance parameters. Sports Engineering, 19 (1), 1-11. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-014-0167-x

Choppin, S., Lane, B., & Wheat, J. (2014). The accuracy of the Microsoft Kinect in joint angle measurement. Sports Technology, 7 (1-2), 98-105. http://doi.org/10.1080/19346182.2014.968165

Choppin, S., Wheat, J., & Goyal, A. (2014). Using the Microsoft Kinect to measure breast volume: thoughts and experiences. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 67 (7), 1007-1008. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2014.02.025

Wheat, J.S., Higham, D., Clarkson, S., & Choppin, S. (2014). A depth camera-based system for estimating cyclist-bike projected frontal area. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3 (2/3), 72. http://www.jsc-journal.com/ojs/index.php?journal=JSC&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=142

Wheat, J., Choppin, S., & Goyal, A. (2014). Development and assessment of a Microsoft Kinect based system for imaging the breast in three dimensions. Medical Engineering and Physics, 36 (6), 732-738. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.12.018

Choppin, S., & Wheat, J. (2013). The potential of the Microsoft Kinect in sports analysis and biomechanics. Sports Technology, 6 (2), 78-85. http://doi.org/10.1080/19346182.2013.819008

Choppin, S. (2013). An investigation into the power point in tennis. Sports Engineering, 16 (3), 173-180. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-013-0122-2

Choppin, S. (2013). Calculating football drag profiles from simulated trajectories. Sports Engineering, 16 (3), 189-194. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-013-0124-0

Choppin, S., & Allen, T. (2012). Editorial: Special issue on predictive modelling in sport. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 226 (2), 75-76. http://doi.org/10.1177/1754337112443933

Choppin, S., & Allen, T. (2012). Editorial: Special issue on predictive modelling in sport. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 226 (2), 75-76. http://doi.org/10.1177/1754337112443933

Allen, T., Foster, L., Carré, M., & Choppin, S. (2012). Characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks. Sports Engineering, 15 (4), 221-226. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-012-0099-2

Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., & Haake, S. (2011). Impact characteristics of the ball and racket during play at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. Sports engineering, 13 (4), 163-170. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-011-0062-7

Haake, S., Goodwill, S.R., & Choppin, S. (2010). Investigations 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), 249-257. http://doi.org/10.1243/17543371JSET75

Haake, S., & Choppin, S. (2010). The altitude factor. New Scientist, 206 (2763), 35-37. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0262-4079(10)61385-1

Haake, S., & Choppin, S. (2010). Feeling the pressure: The World Cup's Altitude Factor. New Scientist. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627635-800-feeling-the-pressure-the-world-cups-altitude-factor/

Conference papers

Thelwell, M., BULLAS, A., KUHNAPFEL, A., Hart, J., AHNERT, P., Wheat, J., ... CHOPPIN, S. (2020). Allometry Between Measures of Body Size and Shape in a Large Population-Based Cohort. Proceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2020 - 11th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Online/Virtual, 17-18 November 2020. http://doi.org/10.15221/20.10

Bullas, A., Choppin, S., Heller, B., & Wheat, J. (2016). ISAK and digital 3D body measurement: A longitudinal case study from elite cycling. In World Conference on Kinanthropometry and Body Composition ISAK-UADY, Merida, Mexico, 2016 - 2 November 2016 (pp. 215-217).

Bullas, A., Heller, B., Choppin, S., & Wheat, J. (2016). The relationship between peak power and leg size in mountain bike cyclists. In World Conference on Kinanthropometry and Body Composition ISAK-UADY 2016, Mexico, 2016 - 2 November 2016.

McInerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). A review of spatio-temporal metrics in invasion game sports. In World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport XI.

Mcinerney, C., Goodwill, S., Foster, L., & Choppin, S. (2016). Spatio-temporal metrics that distinguish plays in field hockey : a pilot study. In ISPAS 2016 International Workshop, Institute of Technology, Carlow, 22 March 2016 - 23 March 2016.

Elliott, N., Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., & Allen, T. (2014). Markerless tracking of tennis racket motion using a camera. Procedia Engineering, 72, 344-349. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.060

Schorah, D., Choppin, S., & James, D. (2014). Effect of moment of inertia and physical profile on restricted motion swing speed. Procedia Engineering, 72, 593-598. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.086

Kelley, J. (2014). A camera calibration method for a hammer throw analysis tool. Procedia Engineering, 72 (72), 74-79. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.002

Bullas, A., Choppin, S., Heller, B., Clarkson, S., & Wheat, J. (2014). Kinanthropometry application of depth camera based 3D scanning systems in cycling : repeatability and agreement with manual methods. In 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Techniques, (pp. 290-298). Hometrica Consulting: http://doi.org/10.15221/14.290

Clarkson, S., Wheat, J., Heller, B., & Choppin, S. (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, Zurich, Switzerland, 6 September 2014. http://www.vision.ee.ethz.ch/CDC4CV/index.html

Choppin, S., Probst, H., Goyal, A., Clarkson, S., & Wheat, J. (2013). Breast volume calculation using a low-cost scanning system. In D'Apuzzo, N. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Long Beach CA, USA, 19-20 November 2013, (pp. 12-20). Ascona, Switzerland: Hometrica Consulting: http://doi.org/10.15221/13.012

Choppin, S. (2013). A method for calculating football aerodynamic profiles. In Clanet, C. (Ed.) Sports Physics, (pp. 213-217). Ecole Polytechnique: http://www.editions.polytechnique.fr/?afficherfiche=191

Clarkson, S., Wheat, J., Heller, B., Webster, J., & Choppin, S. (2013). Distortion correction of depth data from consumer depth cameras. In 3D Body Scanning Conference, Los Angeles.

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. In 3rd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 16 October 2012 - 17 October 2012. http://www.3dbodyscanning.org/2012/

Elliott, N., Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., & Allen, T. (2012). Image-based visual hull of a tennis racket. In The Engineering of Sport Conference, Boston, USA, 1 July 2012.

Schorah, D., Choppin, S., & James, D. (2012). Investigating the relationship between swing weight and swing speed across different sports using historical data. Procedia engineering, 34, 766-771. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2012.04.131

Choppin, S., & Wheat, J. (2012). Marker-less tracking of human movement using Microsoft Kinect. In 30th Annual Conference of Biomechanics in Sports, Melbourne Australia, 2 July 2012 - 6 July 2012. http://w4.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/issue/view/ISBS2012

Domone, S., Wheat, J., Choppin, S., Hamilton, N., & Heller, B. (2012). Wavelet based de-noising of non-stationary kinematic signals. In 30th Annual Conference of Biomechanics in Sports, Melbourne, Australia, 2 July 2012 - 6 July 2012. http://w4.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/issue/view/ISBS2012

Langley, J., Le Maitre, C., Vernon-Parry, K., Lockley, E., Westerman, J., Smith, J., ... Choppin, S. (2012). Being interdisciplinary..... creating a culture for the academics of tomorrow. In Understanding Interdisciplinarity: theory and practice - An International Conference, Sheffield, 12 June 2012 - 14 June 2012.

Kelley, J., Choppin, S.B., Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2010). Validation of a live, automatic ball velocity and spin rate finder in tennis. Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2967-2972. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.096

Choppin, S.B., & Kelley, J. (2010). Generating football Cd profiles without a wind tunnel. Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2449-2454. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.014

Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., Haake, S., & Miller, S. (2008). Ball and racket movements recorded at the 2006 wimbledon qualifying tournament. In Estivalet, M., & Brisson, P. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 7, (pp. 563-569). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-2-287-09411-8_66

Choppin, S., Goodwill, S.R., Haake, S., & Miller, S. (2007). 3D player testing at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. Tennis science and technology, 333-340.

Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., Haake, S., & Miller, S. (2007). 3D player testing results from the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. Tennis science and technology, 341-348.

Haake, S., Choppin, S., Allen, T., & Goodwill, S. (2007). The evolution of the tennis racket and its effect on serve speed. Tennis science and technology 3, 257-271.

Choppin, S., Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2006). 3D player testing in tennis. Proceeding s of the engineering of sport 6, 385-390. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-46050-5_68

Choppin, S., Whyld, N.M., Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2005). 3D impact analysis in tennis. In Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, (pp. 385-390). Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Institute of Technology

Book chapters

Henderson, A., Lai, D., & Allen, T. (2014). A modern approach to determine the offside law in international football. In James, D., Choppin, S., Allen, T., Wheat, J., & Fleming, P. (Eds.) The engineering of sport. (pp. 138-143). Elsevier: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.025

Knudson, D., Allen, T., & Choppin, S. (2013). Interaction of tennis racket design and biomechanical factors. In Routledge Handbook of Ergonomics in Sport and Exercise. (pp. 423-439). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203123355

Reports

Wheat, J., Fleming, R., Burton, M., Penders, J., Choppin, S., & Heller, B. (2006). Establishing the accuracy and feasibility of Microsoft Kinect in various multi-disciplinary contexts. Sheffield Hallam University for EPSRC Engineering for Life. http://www.depthbiomechanics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/EFL-report.pdf

Theses / Dissertations

Thelwell, M. (2021). Assessing human morphology using statistical shape analysis. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Choppin, S., Wheat, J., Hart, J., & Bullas, A. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00369

Karditsas, H.E. (2020). Large-Scale Method for Identifying the Relationships between Racket Properties and Playing Characteristics. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Goodwill, S., Choppin, S., & Kelley, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00359

Bullas, A.M. (2017). The importance of complex anthropometrics in the assessment of cyclists. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wheat, J., Heller, B., & Choppin, S. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00065

Elliott, N. (2015). Camera calibration and configuration for estimation of tennis racket position in 3D. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Allen, T., Choppin, S., & Goodwill, S.

Clarkson, S.A. (2015). The use of consumer depth cameras for calculating body segment parameters. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Choppin, S., Wheat, J., & Heller, B.

Schorah, D.J. (2015). The effect of moment of inertia on the speed of swung implements. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by James, D., & Choppin, S.

Domone, S.K. (2014). Validation and uncertainty of inverse dynamics analysis applied to high acceleration movements. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wheat, J., Choppin, S., & Hamilton, N.

Choppin, S. (2008). Modelling of Tennis Racket Impacts in 3D Using Elite Players. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Haake, S., & Goodwill, S.

Internet Publications

Choppin, S. (2014). Hard Evidence: how will the 2014 World Cup ball swerve? https://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-how-will-the-2014-world-cup-ball-swerve-22985

Presentations

Mcinerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). Spatio-temporal metrics that distinguish outcomes of field hockey plays. Presented at: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 2016

Mcinerney, C., Foster, L., Choppin, S., Stone, J., & Goodwill, S. (2016). A review of spatio-temporal metrics in invasion game sports. Presented at: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 2016

Posters

Rosbottom, K., Probst, H., Choppin, S., Bragg, C.M., Collins, K., Crank, H., ... Langley, J. (2016). Using 3D stereophotogrammetry to evaluate the stability, and positional accuracy of a breast immobilisation device. Presented at: UK Radiation Oncology Conference, Liverpool, 2016

Law, S., Choppin, S., & Rosbottom, K. (2016). Evaluation of the non-contact 3D laser in the measurement of breast volume. Presented at: Association of Breast Surgery Conference, Manchester, UK, 2016

Bullas, A., Heller, B., Choppin, S., & Wheat, J. (2016). The effect of distance between anthropometric measures in geometric models of thigh volume. Presented at: BASES Biomechanics Interest Group Conference, Liverpoool

Other activities

  • Sports Engineering Journal - Associate Editor 

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervised PhD students:

  • Karditsas, H., Modelling of tennis ball impacts on tennis racket
  • Bullas, A M., The importance of complex anthropometrics in the assessment of cyclists
  • Rosebottom, K., Assessing the efficacy of a novel bra design in radiotherapy 

Completed supervised PhD students:

  • McInerney, C. Understanding the relationships  that contribute to successful plays in field hockey, July 2017
  • Elliott, N., Camera calibration and configuration for estimation of tennis racket position in 3D, July 2015
  • Schorah, D. The effect of moment of inertia on the speed of a swung implement, July 2015.
  • Clarkson, S., Using consumer depth cameras to measure body segment parameters, June 2015 

Completed postgraduate examinations: 

  • MPhil Internal: 0
  • MPhil External: 0
  • PhD Internal: 2
  • PhD External: 0

Media

Dr Simon Choppin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research and works in the area of 3D surface-imaging and human measurement. His research interests also include physical system modelling, computer vision and high-speed video. His current projects concern the use of low-cost 3D imaging systems in the assessment of human shape for health applications (for example, the early detection of swelling in lymphoedema). In addition to research Simon leads the MSc in Sports Engineering and is a keen public communicator. He edits and contributes to engineeringsport.co.uk, is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal, and supervises several PhD students.

The Centre for Sports Engineeri ng 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.

Areas of expertise:

  • Sport and engineering
  • 3D imaging and human measurement
  • 3D data-processing
  • Physical systems modelling

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