28 December 2006
NICTA and the ASC to use technology to improve athletes’ performance
National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia’s Centre of Excellence for information and communications technology (ICT) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) have entered into a cooperative research program intended to develop technologies for sporting applications.
Research planned to be conducted under this agreement aims to improve the capabilities of devices used to measure and enhance the sporting performance of Australian athletes across a wide variety of sports.
The ASC manages the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), an internationally recognised sports centre which gives Australian athletes access to expert coaching, world-leading sports science and medicine services, and state-of-the-art sporting facilities.
NICTA will work with the ASC and AIS to research better ways to use ICT to help improve the performance of these athletes.
“We are proud to be working with the ASC and AIS who are global leaders in the field of sports training,” NICTA chief executive officer Dr David Skellern said.
“We are confident that by working together with the ASC and the athletes at the AIS, our research can be applied to sports training to further drive the success of Australia’s sporting teams,” he said.
“This collaboration formalises an intermittent relationship our sports scientists have had with NICTA researchers in the past,” ASC chief executive officer Mark Peters said.
“The emphasis the AIS place on excellence extends to our research partners and NICTA is a national and world leader in ICT. Our sports scientists and researchers are excited about rubbing shoulders with NICTA’s experts on a number of projects and pushing sports science to new horizons.”
The research is based on the increasing use of ICT training and equipment solutions to assist the coaches of elite athletes.
"To remain competitive at the highest levels, Australian coaches need to use wisely the most advanced ICT available,” AIS director Professor Peter Fricker OAM said.
“NICTA's core capabilities in data clustering, optimisation, visual pattern recognition, planning and scheduling under uncertainty and wireless signal processing will be used to assist in the enhancement and development of training methodologies and equipment."
The collaboration between the two organisations is planned to include work on projects with the rowing and swimming teams.
In the rowing project, AIS scientists will work together with researchers from NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing Program to improve the capability of the devices for the transmission of wireless information from a small device on the rower’s boat to a device the coach can use to interpret the information.
The swimming project combines the expertise of researchers from the AIS’s Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit and NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing and Systems Engineering and Complex Systems Programs.
This project will need to overcome the challenges of transmitting data through water.
“This is a significant project for NICTA,” Dr Skellern said.
“The AIS has built an outstanding competence in sporting success over the past 25 years. As we build an institute for Australia’s ICT success, we hope through this association to gain valuable insights into the operations of one of Australia’s most successful discipline-based institutes.”
Peter Logue, ASC Media Liaison on 6214 1204, or 0402 067 614 or
Kelly Mills, National ICT Australia on 02 8374 5489 or 0448 434 858