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Simon Choppin

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
  • 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

    Notable media coverage:

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