Since the Australian Institute of Sport's (AIS) establishment in 1981, sports science and technology have become increasingly important contributors to elite sport in this country. Engineers and scientists now analyse the majority of sports to exploit every possible performance gain.
Following the establishment of Australia's first sports engineering degree in 2008, the University of Adelaide has become a major player in the field, establishing strong collaborations with: the AIS; Cycling Australia; the Australian Paralympic Committee; Cricket Australia; Scott Sports (Switzerland) and others.
These partnerships have generated multiple research projects, benefiting Australian teams at Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship level. And in this fascinating presentation we'll explore several supporting our athletes at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
From the world's fastest cycling helmets, to customised, propulsion-enhancing wheelchair seats, come and hear how we're helping Australia take on the world.
Associate Professor Richard Kelso is a senior researcher in the University of Adelaide's School of Mechanical Engineering. He recently led the aerodynamic development of Scott Sports'; Cadence Plus cycling helmet, considered the world's fastest, and was recognised in Engineers Australia's 2017 Australia's Most Innovative Engineers list.
Amy Lewis, BE (Mech & Sports), is a final-year PhD student developing customised seating interfaces for wheelchair athletes, improving both propulsion efficiency and steering accuracy.
David Haydon, BE (Mech & Sports), is a final-year PhD in Sports Engineering establishing strategies for effective optimisation of rugby wheelchairs.
Shaun Fitzgerald, BE (Mech & Aero), is a second-year PhD student investigating airflow around track bicycles, with the aim of optimising bicycle design.