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Depthbiomechanics is a research project run at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University.

Centre for Sports Engineering Research

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 160 years of cumulative experience.

CSER develops new knowledge that improves our fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment. Our knowledge is also used to bring innovations to business, sports, and governing bodies.

Members working on depthbiomechanics

Simon Choppin

Dr Simon Choppin is a sports engineering researcher at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University, where he specialises in impact dynamics, high speed video and data modelling. His PhD at Sheffield University investigated tennis racket dynamics and involved working with the International Tennis Federation.

In 2006 he developed 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 also 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 and worked with the Guardian newspaper for four weeks. As well as pursuing his research interests he works on a large project utilising neural network and genetic algorithm optimisation techniques. He edits and contributes to the CSER blog, Engineering Sport.

Sean Clarkson

Sean Clarkson is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University.  Sean joined the centre after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering and a master’s degree in Electronics & IT.  Sean’s undergraduate project: a product designed to make towing boats, watercraft and other sports equipment much easier and safer won the departmental prize for the best final year project.

Sean researches in the area of 3D RGB-D vision systems, focusing on their applications within sports.  His PhD is looking at methods of quick 3D scanning to obtain anthropometric measurements that allow biomechanical analysis to a greater level of accuracy.

Away from the University, Sean has been involved in many consultancy projects, developing bespoke electronic, software and instrumentation systems for use on boats and in marine environments.

Sean also has a strong interest in public engagement and communication of science and engineering, with the hope of inspiring young people to pursue careers in this field.  He has been involved in a number of events including the 2012 British Science Festival and 2012 IOP Schools lecture tour.

Ben Heller

Dr Ben Heller is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at Sheffield Hallam University, which employs around 30 staff and researchers. After gaining a degree in engineering science at the University of Cambridge Ben completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde then worked in medical physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for 14 years where he specialized in the design of medical instrumentation and the clinical measurement and rehabilitation of movement.

At CSER Ben has continued his work in rehabilitation, but also applies his skills to the measurement and analysis of information for sports applications.

Ben Lane

Ben is a Sports Technology student at Loughborough University. He completed a year long internship at CSER in order to complete a year in industry between his 2nd and 3rd years of study.

During his time at CSER, Ben worked on a number of projects highlighted on depthbiomechanics. He was responsible for much of the data collection, such as the accuracy comparison of the Kinect’s body segment tracking capabilities with an industry standard motion capture system.

Jon Wheat

Is a Senior Research Fellow in Biomechanics and joined CSER in 2007. He gained his undergraduate degree from Manchester Metropolitan University before completing his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University.

JonJon works on biomechanics research and consultancy projects in the Centre and teaches on the MSc Sports Engineering and MSc Sport and Exercise Science degrees. He has a keen interest in the development of biomechanics measurement systems for use outside of the lab, in ecologically valid settings. A developing area of research is the application of depth cameras in sport and exercise biomechanics, performance analysis and health contexts. His work is influenced by the ecological approach to motor control/learning and Dynamical Systems Theory. Jon also has an interest in golf biomechanics – working on several research and consultancy projects and supervising two PhD students in the area. He is Chair of CSER’s Research Committee and Post-Graduate Tutor for the Centre.