Engineering Champions

Engineers and scientists now analyse the majority of sports to exploit every possible performance gain.

Engineering Champions

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.

The Presenters

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.

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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.

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13 February, 5:30pm

Where The Wild Things Were

Hidden away in SA’s South East is a national, and global, treasure. The World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves house tens of thousands of beautifully preserved fossils, and paint a remarkably vivid picture of life during the last 500,000 years.

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13 March, 5:30pm

Machines Rising

For some, it’s a source of boundless possibility; for others, fear and anxiety. Whichever view you lean towards, however, machine learning is a reality. All over the world, technology is performing complex tasks, ‘learning’ from the outcomes, and improving its future performance accordingly.

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10 April, 5:30pm

Engineering Champions

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.

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8 May, 5:30pm

First Ferment

We’ve all heard stories of rum-soaked misadventure in Australia’s early colonial past. But fermented drinks, and food, were consumed on this land long before the First Fleet’s arrival, let alone our current love affair with kimchi and kombucha.

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12 June, 5:30pm

Homeground Disadvantage

The commentators agree: Australia has a big problem when it comes to housing affordability. By 2025, as many as 1.7 million Australian households will not have the capacity to pursue home ownership, or rent without government assistance.

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10 July, 5:30pm

Thought for food

Food and wine is big business in South Australia. We account for 80% of Australia’s premium wine exports and over half our state’s exports are agricultural products. Couple this with exceptional quality and it’s no surprise our produce is world-renowned.

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9 October, 5:30pm

An Apple a Day

Every day, we make a raft of minor choices—about our diet, product use and lifestyle—that over time have a major impact on our wellbeing.

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