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A farewell to our Qld Chief Scientist, Geoff Garrett AO

IMG_2786.JPGLast Friday night a few of us from the sport community were privileged to be invited to farewell Queensland’s Chief Scientist Geoff Garrett AO. Geoff has served in the role for the past six years working closely with industry, universities and the public service in Queensland as a passionate and engaging advocate for the sciences. A testament to this was the bi partisan support (a good humour amongst our representatives) for the event with the current and shadow minister for innovation hosting the proceedings and many former politicians and a former premier all in attendance. Frequent themes among the speeches were the effect Geoff has had on increasing engagement in science across Queensland from school children to public servants. Geoff, well known for having a quote for every occasion was treated to something of a quote fest as speaker after speaker recalled their favourite anecdotes.


The Queensland museum a lovely backdrop for the night. Campbell (left)  sharing a joke with Geoff as he finalises his closing remarks(far right)


We thank Geoff for being an advocate for sport and sciences  during his term as Chief Scientist, culminating with his Sports science challenge initiative (and grant scheme) launched recently at parliament house.

In his closing remarks Geoff addressed the importance of STEM in todays society and wished for an end to the adversarial style of politics in our country as it can often work against our best interests (I saw the colour rise in a few politicians as he said this)

Incoming chief scientist Suzanne Miller, currently director of the Queensland Museum (where the proceedings were hosted) wowed the gathering when she named a newly discovered spider (found in North Queensland which was known for its tenacity and playing a vital role in creating an eco-system for supporting many other species) after Geoff who is on the left below with fellow sports enthusiasts including Anne-Marie White, Sue Hooper and Allan Hahn.

Thank you Geoff for all your support and inspirational enthusiasm !



Sports and Human Dynamics in Japan

IMG_6820.jpegGuest blog by David Rowlands

Off to Japan! I was looking forward to catching up with my colleagues and friends in Japan once again.

Recently Hugo Espinosa and I presented at the Sports and Human Dynamics Conference 2016  in Yamagata Japan. Whilst it was 38C and humid at home in Brisbane, we were experiencing the cold … with a bit of snow thrown in. This made the mountains around the venue spectacular. Sabel Labs has a great relationship with the Japanese sports science community ever since Danny first met Yuji and became a frequent visitor a decade ago. We frequently have Japanese visitors to our lab. Yuji Ohgi (Keio) is a frequent visitor and Tomohito Wada (Kanoya Institute of Sport) has spent the last year with us having a Sabbatical at our lab.

I arrived in Tokyo to visit ARS where two past students were working – Craig Lyndon, and Mitchell McCarthy (how’s the thesis coming on?). It was great to catch up with them and get a tour of ARS. They are certainly doing a wide range of interesting projects: mesh networks, sensors and embedded systems to name a few.

After travelling to Yamagata, I met up with Yuji, Tomohito, and Hugo. We had many a good meal and sake together along with a number of others from the conference. The conference was well run and very friendly. It was Hugo’s first time in Japan and he was absolutely captivated. The conference presentations were interesting even though Hugo and I have limited command of the Japanese language. It is amazing what you can understand from an English language abstract and well crafted slides. It gave us an idea of the wide variety of top quality research happening in Japan.DSC_0001.jpeg

We had an opportunity to present about the upcoming ISEA 2018 conference in Brisbane at the conference dinner and at the closing event. Unfortunately we ran out of Koalas, but the Brisbane video captured everyone’s imagination. Even mine and I live there!

Hugo continued with Yuji for a 3D printer conference and I flew back to Brisbane. One thing is for sure, the conference was friendly and informative and one week is definitely way too short a time in spend in Japan.

Hope to see you all at ISEA 2018 in Brisbane.



Griffith’s Human Technologies research retreat

presenting.JPGYesterday was our second research retreat for the year from the Griffith School of Engineering, focused on Human Technologies (See our previous one here run in conjunction with the Australian Sports Technologies network), known as the imaginative title of ‘Theme 3’ to those in the know (who says engineers aren’t creative). The intent was to have a gathering of researchers from within the school, across the Nathan and Gold coast campuses to share what we have been up to  and to facilitate some cross pollination. We were delighted to have guests from the Arts group and Health group present as well which helped at to the diversity of the mix, as well as collaborators from as far as Charles Darwin University. Presentations were kept to short duration to allow time for a fabulous seafood buffet at the Sheraton’s Marina Resort at the Gold Coast as well as an opportunity to engage in casual conversation.

The talks varied from sensors, 3D printing, sports applications, medical applications, electromagnetic modelling, computer systems, strain monitoring and the use and development of novel materials. Significant discussions points included the how’s and need to engage more with industry, changes to the funding of research in the school and methods to think lean with the seed and casual seed funding schemes available within the school.

All of the talks will be published shortly in a short book on ‘Human Technologies’ so stay tuned for that. Here is the programme as a little taster of its contents.


Engineering Research Theme 3 Retreat – Enabling Technologies in Sport and Health (“Human Technologies”)

 Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016

Location: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast QLD 4217 Australia

Chairs: Andreas Oeschsner, Daniel James

Daniel James: Innovation Strategies for Technologists Engaged in Sports and Health Applications.

Andreas Oechsner : Research in the Triangle of School of Engineering, School of Medical Sciences, and the GC Hospitals.

Hugo Espinosa : The smart ball project: Planned Activities and Challenges (seed funded project).

Huaizhong Li : Non-destructive detection of defects in composite structures – technology and applications (seed funded project).

Daniel James ): Active drag for swimmers: Methodologies for demand pull research and innovation in sport (seed funded project).

Raymond Leadbetter : Platform technologies and visualisation tools for sensors in sport and health applications.

David Rowlands : Optimising for power in Wearables.

Andrew Seager: Microwave Imaging for Biomedical Applications.

Toan Dinh : Low-cost flexible device for non-invasive and wearable.

Dzung Dao : Novel Bite Force Sensing System.

Jonathan Shepherd : Assessing the impact of integrating IMU wearable technology in an elite netball training environment for performance analysis.

James Novak: Designers Don’t Text – They Visualise: Integrating Coding into the University Design Curriculum.

Claudio Pizzalato: Real-time estimation of musculoskeletal tissue loading using EMG-informed models

Sam Gleadhill : Modelling resistance exercise lifting technique with inertial sensors: Knee extension during deadlifts.

Leonhard Hitzler : Progress of metal based additive manufacturing towards the wide implementation in the oral health sector.

Zia Javanbakht ): Using inverse finite element to characterise soft tissues.

Maksym Rybachuk : Fused Deposition Modeling of 3D Parts Using Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Polymer (seed funded project).

David Thiel : The Research Environment in the School and Centers


Science in Sport meets Parliament


Yesterday we found ourselves at Queensland’s Parliament House for the annual Science in Parliament event. This year the focus was on Science in Sport and together with our colleagues from the Queensland Academy of Sport we were invited by the Chief Scientist to assemble exhibits through representatives from Universities and Sports Technology businesses. The day was hosted by the Sports minister and Exec director of the QAS Bennett King with a few hundred in attendance…I even spotted my
local state member (hello the honorable Joe Kelly).

IMGP6442.JPGMany thanks to Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (conveniently just next door), Australian Catholic University, University of the Sunshine Coast, James Cook University and even Charles Darwin University (yes they have students across Queensland) for many excellent displays.


IMGP6414.JPGIt was also nice to see our sports technology buddies from organisations like Vald performance, Fusion, Swift, Brisbane Heat and industry body the Australian Sports Technologies Network show us their latest offerings.  The QAS were out in force with lots of really interactive sports activity displays (some of them manned by SABELers in disguise). It was a great opportunity to gather on speakers green to catchup with those in the community we haven’t seen for a while. Chief Scientist Geoff Garret led an interesting panel session on the role of Science in Sport and we were delighted when the sports minister announced ‘the sport science challenge’ funding scheme through the Advance Queensland programme.  If you checkout the QAS facebook page you can see the chief scientist getting his VO2max checked  on a rowing ergo too, pictured below shows another professional in action


Intelligent Motion Feedback Systems guest lecture, Augest 5th

HeikeBrock.JPGSABEL Labs would like to invite you to a guest lecture from our good friends at  Ohgi laboratory, KEIO University Japan.

Towards Intelligent Motion Feedback Systems – The Use of Information Retrieval Methods in Sports, 

Heike Brock, Keio University

Sir Samuel Griffith Building, Nathan Campus, Griffith University,  N78_-1.12 (level minus one)

Friday August 5th, 11am-12pm

The provision of motion feedback is known to be a decisive variable for motor skill acquisition and motor learning. However, despite the development of wearable motion sensing technologies, augmented motor support did not become common practice in sports training so far. In this lecture, I discuss how information retrieval methods can be applied to measurement data from inertial sensing devices for the provision of ubiquitous motion feedback. In particular, I will illustrate a system for the assessment and rating of motion performance and style. This mobile, computer-directed motion feedback application is subject to four main procedural stages. First, numeric motion data for subsequent machine data processing are collected from the inertial sensors. Second, the information content of the acquired motion data is augmented to provide accurate and reliable kinematic motion information. Third, the augmented motion data are transformed so that meaningful data representations are created. Lastly, artificial motion knowledge is learned and then utilized to enable the retrieval of relevant motion information for feedback provision to the user. Every computational stage is illustrated with practical motion data from ski jumping, and can serve for other sports in a similar way. Offering the possibility for automated analysis of a motion performance, this work constitutes an important contribution to the implementation of future training and motion feedback software tools. For judging-based sports, the presented intelligent style assessment could furthermore provide fundamental and unique information to increase objectivity and measurability of the final competition scores.


Heike Brock is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan. Her research interests focus on the development of motion information retrieval technologies for motion feedback tools from wearable sensor data. Amongst others, she has developed a strategy for the automatic assessment of motion style in ski jumping, for which she was awarded the adidas Best Student Paper Award at the 11th International Conference of Sport Engineering in July 2016.

Heike received a M.Sc. in Visual Computing from Saarland University (Saarbruecken, Germany) in 2011 and a B.Eng in Audiovisual Media from Stuttgart Media University (Stuttgart, Germany) in 2008. During her master studies, she was a student assistant in the Multimedia Information Retrieval Group in the Cluster of Excellence for Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI) at the Max-Planck Institute of Informatics, Department 4 Computer Graphics. Before coming to Japan, Heike was a research member at the Institute of Sport Science at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. There, she implemented a wearable movement sonification system for use in motor learning and rehabilitation. Currently, Heike is a scholar of the DAAD and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

SABEL on Scope TV Saturday 18th June at 8:30 am

Scope_-_Channel_ELEVEN_-_Network_Ten.pngA few months back the chaps from Network TEN came to visit and filmed a bunch of work underway at SABEL for an upcoming episode on Scope TV. It airs this Saturday June 18th as a  ‘Sporty Science’ episode on channel Eleven. “Most modern day tracking equipment relies on GPS technology. But what do you do when you’re out of range? Well, you turn to Jonathan Shepherd from Griffith University and their SABEL sense tracking device”

Here’s some behind the scenes filming sneak peak. Well done Jono!



ASTN-Q: Call for paper now open!

ASTN-Q_Conference_2016_-_FitnessResearch_edu_au.pngFollowing on from our announcement of the ASTN-Q Event Aug 9th: Research & Innovation in Sports Technology August 9th, Queensland Sports Athletics Centre our call for papers (2 page short report) is now open until the end of June (June 30th). All submitted papers will be peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Fitness research. All papers must accompanied by a poster to be presented on the day and and conform to Journal guidelines.

Submit your paper today at


RSVP here