Dr Simon Choppin is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. His current interests include the novel use of consumer depth cameras in biomechanics. Simon’s focus is on the algorithms and processes which manipulate the three-dimensional point data generated by depth cameras. In addition to this he has developed expertise in physical and statistical modelling, optimisation processes and ball aerodynamics.
At Nottingham University he completed a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics before moving to Sheffield to study for a PhD. In his PhD at Sheffield University he 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. His subsequent paper, presented at the Tennis Science and Technology Conference 2007, was awarded the Howard Brody Award for outstanding academic contribution.
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 edits and contributes to the CSER blog and is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal.
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GOFF, John, KELLEY, John, HOBSON, Chad, SEO, Kazuya, ASAI, Takeshi and CHOPPIN, Simon (2017). Creating drag and lift curves from soccer trajectories. European Journal of Physics. (In Press)
MCINERNEY, Ciaran, FOSTER, Leon, CHOPPIN, Simon, STONE, Joseph and GOODWILL, Simon (2016). Spatio-temporal metrics that distinguish outcomes of field hockey plays. In: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 16-18 November 2016. (Unpublished)
MCINERNEY, Ciaran, FOSTER, Leon, CHOPPIN, Simon, STONE, Joseph and GOODWILL, Simon (2016). A review of spatio-temporal metrics in invasion game sports. In: XI World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, 16-18 Nov 2016. (Unpublished)
BULLAS, Alice, HELLER, Ben, CHOPPIN, Simon and WHEAT, Jonathan (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, 31 October - 2 November 2016. (Unpublished)
CHOPPIN, Simon, WHEAT, Jonathan, GEE, Melanie and GOYAL, A (2016). The accuracy of breast volume measurement methods: a systematic review. The Breast, 28, 121-129.
MCINERNEY, Ciaran, GOODWILL, Simon, FOSTER, Leon and CHOPPIN, Simon (2016). Spatio-temporal metrics that distinguish plays in field hockey : a pilot study. In: ISPAS 2016 International Workshop, Institute of Technology, Carlow, 22-23 March 2016.
BULLAS, Alice, CHOPPIN, Simon, HELLER, Ben and WHEAT, Jonathan (2016). Validity and repeatability of a depth camera based surface imaging system for thigh volume measurement. Journal of Sports Sciences. (In Press)
ROSBOTTOM, Keeley, PROBST, Heidi, CHOPPIN, Simon, BRAGG, Christopher Mark, COLLINS, Karen, CRANK, Helen, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew and LANGLEY, Joe (2016). Using 3D stereophotogrammetry to evaluate the stability, and positional accuracy of a breast immobilisation device. In: UK Radiation Oncology Conference, Liverpool, 6-8 June 2016. (Unpublished)
PROBST, H, CHOPPIN, S, HARRISON, M and 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.
CLARKSON, Sean, WHEAT, Jonathan, HELLER, Ben and CHOPPIN, Simon (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.
SCHORAH, David, CHOPPIN, Simon and JAMES, David (2015). Effects of moment of inertia on restricted motion swing speed. Sports Biomechanics, 14 (2), 157-167.
CHOPPIN, Simon, LANE, Ben and WHEAT, Jonathan (2014). The accuracy of the Microsoft Kinect in joint angle measurement. Sports Technology, 7 (1-2), 98-105.
CLARKSON, Sean, WHEAT, Jonathan, HELLER, Ben and CHOPPIN, Simon (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, 6th Septmber 2014.
CHOPPIN, Simon, WHEAT, Jonathan and GOYAL, Amit (2014). Using the Microsoft Kinect to measure breast volume: thoughts and experiences. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 67 (7), 1007-1008.
WHEAT, J S, HIGHAM, D, CLARKSON, S and CHOPPIN, S (2014). A depth camera-based system for estimating cyclist-bike projected frontal area. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3 (2/3), p. 72.
WHEAT, Jonathan, CHOPPIN, Simon and 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.
SCHORAH, Dave, CHOPPIN, Simon and JAMES, David (2014). Effect of moment of inertia and physical profile on restricted motion swing speed. Procedia Engineering, 72, 593-598.
BULLAS, Alice, CHOPPIN, Simon, HELLER, Ben, CLARKSON, Sean and WHEAT, Jonathan (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 Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21-22 October 2014. Hometrica Consulting, 290-298.
ELLIOTT, Nathan, CHOPPIN, Simon, GOODWILL, Simon and ALLEN, Tom (2014). Markerless tracking of tennis racket motion using a camera. Procedia Engineering, 72, 344-349.
KELLEY, John (2014). A camera calibration method for a hammer throw analysis tool. In: JAMES, David, CHOPPIN, Simon, ALLEN, Tom and FLEMMING, Paul, (eds.) The Engineering of Sport 10. Procedia Engineering, 10 (72). Elsevier, 74-79.
HENDERSON, A, LAI, D and ALLEN, T (2014). A modern approach to determine the offside law in international football. In: JAMES, David, CHOPPIN, Simon, ALLEN, Tom, WHEAT, Jonathan and FLEMING, Paul, (eds.) The engineering of sport. Procedia engineering, 10 (72). Elsevier, 138-143.
CLARKSON, Sean, WHEAT, Jonathan, HELLER, Ben, WEBSTER, J and CHOPPIN, Simon (2013). Distortion correction of depth data from consumer depth cameras. In: 3D Body Scanning Conference, Los Angeles, November.
CHOPPIN, Simon (2013). Calculating football drag profiles from simulated trajectories. Sports Engineering, 16 (3), 189-194.
CHOPPIN, Simon, PROBST, Heidi, GOYAL, Amit, CLARKSON, Sean and WHEAT, Jonathan (2013). Breast volume calculation using a low-cost scanning system. In: D'APUZZO, Nicola, (ed.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Long Beach CA, USA, 19-20 November 2013. Ascona, Switzerland, Hometrica Consulting, 12-20.
CHOPPIN, Simon and WHEAT, Jonathan (2013). The potential of the Microsoft Kinect in sports analysis and biomechanics. Sports Technology, 6 (2), 78-85.
CLARKSON, S, CHOPPIN, S, HART, J, HELLER, B and 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, 16-17 October 2012.
SCHORAH, D, CHOPPIN, S and JAMES, D (2012). Investigating the relationship between swing weight and swing speed across different sports using historical data. Procedia engineering, 34, 766-771.
CHOPPIN, Simon and WHEAT, Jonathan (2012). Marker-less tracking of human movement using Microsoft Kinect. In: 30th Annual Conference of Biomechanics in Sports, Melbourne Australia, 2-6 July 2012.
DOMONE, Sarah, WHEAT, Jonathan, CHOPPIN, Simon, HAMILTON, Nick and HELLER, Ben (2012). Wavelet based de-noising of non-stationary kinematic signals. In: 30th Annual Conference of Biomechanics in Sports, Melbourne, Australia, 2-6 July 2012.
ALLEN, Tom, FOSTER, Leon, CARRÉ, Matt and CHOPPIN, Simon (2012). Characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks. Sports Engineering, 15 (4), 221-226.
CHOPPIN, Simon and ALLEN, Tom (2012). Editorial: Special issue on predictive modelling in sport. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 226 (2), 75-76.
CHOPPIN, S B. and KELLEY, John (2010). Generating football Cd profiles without a wind tunnel. Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2449-2454.
KELLEY, John, CHOPPIN, S. B., GOODWILL, S. R. and HAAKE, Steve (2010). Validation of a live, automatic ball velocity and spin rate finder in tennis. Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2967-2972.
HAAKE, Steve and CHOPPIN, Simon (2010). Feeling the pressure: The World Cup's Altitude Factor. New Scientist.
HAAKE, S J, GOODWILL, S R and 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.
CHOPPIN, S., GOODWILL, S., HAAKE, S. and MILLER, S. (2008). Ball and racket movements recorded at the 2006 wimbledon qualifying tournament. In: ESTIVALET, M. and BRISSON, P., (eds.) The engineering of sport 7. Springer, 563-569.
CHOPPIN, S., GOODWILL, S. R., HAAKE, S. J. and MILLER, S. (2007). 3D player testing at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. In: MILLER, S. and CAPEL-DAVIES, J., (eds.) Tennis science and technology 3. International tennis federation, 333-340.
CHOPPIN, S., GOODWILL, S., HAAKE, S. J. and MILLER, S. (2007). 3D player testing results from the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. In: MILLER, S. and CAPEL-DAVIES, J., (eds.) Tennis science and technology 3. International tennis federation, 341-348.
HAAKE, S. J., CHOPPIN, S., ALLEN, T. and GOODWILL, S. (2007). The evolution of the tennis racket and its effect on serve speed. In: MILLER, S. and CAPEL-DAVIES, J., (eds.) Tennis science and technology 3. International Tennis Federation, 257-271.
CHOPPIN, S., WHYLD, N. M., GOODWILL, S. R. and HAAKE, S. J. (2005). 3D impact analysis in tennis. In: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology. Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 385-390.
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