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Adieu Griffith

schrodingers-cat.jpgAfter 17 years at Griffith University it’s time to hand back my swipe card and explore other opportunities. It’s been tremendous fun developing the sports engineering and technology disciplines (see Griffith’s SABEL research with impact), working with the elite sports industry, related and consumer industries and leading peak professional bodies like the International Sports Engineering Association, The Australian Sports Technologies Network and others. Highlights have been developing commercial products, supporting elite sport, receiving support from the ARC, seeing 20+ students through their doctoral journey and contributing to the ISEA international conference bid for 2018 in Brisbane.
Unfortunately, I looked in Schrodinger ‘ s contract box one too many times and it appears the cat has expired …
I’m looking forward to seeing where the SABEL journey leads and keeping in touch with everyone going forward.
Very best wishes to all for Christmas, the New Year and future endeavours!

Sports and Human Dynamics in Japan

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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.



Sports Technology at Griffith – A little promo piece on SABEL from our University

Griffith University Research with Impact SABEL Labs.pngHere’s a little article Griffith University wrote on SABEL Labs and our work over the last decade ( It’s certainly been a lot of fun and we are looking forward to where the next 10 years takes us. The work is due in no small part to our postgraduate students,  post docs and staff , collaborators from the QAS/AIS,  other sports organisations like the ASTN and university partners around the globe. We are really excited to be helping host the International Sports Engineering Conference in Brisbane in 2018 (, after a long association with the ISEA its exciting to be playing a role in the international community in this way.

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Here are some of the thesis projects :

Andy Stamm, Velocity and arm symmetry investigations in freestyle swimming using accelerometry: Data collection, analysis and feature extraction, 2012

Ajay Sarkar, Bat swing analysis in cricket, 2013

Yahya T. Qassim, FPGA: Design and Implementation of wavelet coherence signals for EEG signals, 2013

Jono Neville, Application of GPS and inertial motion units to elite AFL athletes, 2014

James Lee, The Use of Inertial Sensor Technology to Assess Gait Characteristics, 2010

Alan Lai, Applications of accelerometers in the sport of rowing, 2011

Amin Ahmadi, using MEMS inertial sensors to monitor and assess the performance of tennis serve, 2010

Jason Harding, Technological performance assessment innovation for elite-level snowboarding, 2010

Andrew Wixted, In-situ athlete monitoring: data collection, interpretation and feature extraction, 2007

Adrian Diery, Novel applications of the wavelet transform for analysis of P waves in clinical ECG recordings

Matthew Fraser, Innovative techniques for extending the range and node limits in Bluetooth based wireless sensor networks, 2006
Neil Davey, Acquisition and analysis of aquatic stroke data from an accelerometer based system, 2004

ISEA2018 venue is go!…come join us in Brisbane

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ISEA 2018 conference planning team at work..bring coffee

ISEA 2018 the ‘Engineering of Sport’ is getting Brisbane organised

Since the announcement of ISEA2018 coming to Brisbane earlier this year, we have pulled together our organising team at Griffith University and started fine tuning the conference programme, venue and social events…it’s sure to be exciting! Our venue is  located in the heart of Brisbane’s Southbank cultural district with access to the most comfortable hotels, funky hostels with plenty of fine and casual dining too. If that’s all too much, after a day of sports engineering overload there is a beach and pool to unwind in as well.

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South Bank beach a great place to unwind of an evening or by day (Click for someone’s home movie virtual tour)

 The Venue
Our conference venue (recently hosted the G20 global leaders summit) and features a terrific auditorium, exhibition / poster space in an airy environment and parallel session rooms too. If you are arriving by air, the AirTrain stops right here from the airport too,  no hassle!
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Conference venue, all amenities are close at hand and an easy walk to the city centre to (click to expand)

Destination Brisbane, destination Queensland 

Brisbane is the capital city of the state of Queensland. Did you know Queensland is nearly five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two and a half times the size of Texas? So there is plenty to see and do before and after the conference! And then there is Uluru, the Opera House and …..

It was also our plan to show you some of the sights as well, but it seems Borobi, the official mascot of the 2018 Commonwealth games has already done that.   So here’s Borobi’s bucket list for when you visit Queensland. It’s kinda corny but you might find something you like 😉

Submit your abstract today!
So if your thinking of coming for the great science and engineering of ISEA2018 now is the time to start putting your abstract together for a full paper or poster presentation. We have aligned our conference around three main themes Engineering Sport for Active Engagement , Sports Analysis using Simulation and Measurement and Computer Applications in Sport, and  if you have something with a wider perspective we’d love to hear from you too. Some papers may be eligible for an award too!
Sponsors and exhibitors are lining up fast so if you are interested we would love to hear from you too! Email


Recapping ISEA 2016 – The Engineering Sport 11.


Now all the SABEL’ers are back from overseas we’ve had a second to take a breath and reflect about our time in Delft at the biannual International Sports Engineering Conference – The Engineering of Sport . What a cracking conference it was! Over 300 delegates with great representation from both industry and academia from all parts of the globe. A total of 157 publications presented at the conference either as oral presentations or posters – you can access the papers here . From start to finish the conference was terrific, starting with the official welcome in the iconic Delft city hall and ending with the conference banquet at a historic old Glue & Gelatine Factory. We (and I’m sure I speak for all the attendees) had an absolutely terrific conference. I’m sure many new friendships and  research collaborations came out of ISEA 2016. Below are just a few take away messages.




Tour de Delft – ISEA Delegates Get Cycling

A masterstroke from the conference organising committee was the integration of cycling. The Dutch and cycling go hand in hand, and most conference delegates grabbed life by the handlebars, taking the option of using two pedals as their main mode of transport for the week. Even though Arend Schwab’s terrific keynote on the art of cycling evidenced the bicycle was a self-stabilising system, a few of the conference delegates might be a little sceptical as the canals of delft were lucky to not swallow a sports engineer or two.



We are all jealous of TU delft’s facilities

To the 20,000 engineering sciences students and 5000 or so staff that call TU Delft home, we are jealous! From the D:DREAM hall to the four wind tunnels, the amazing engineering labs to the remarkable library. TUDelft is world class, they are producing world class projects, and from chatting to many of the students it looks like they are producing world class graduate engineers.



Sports Engineering Research: Going from Strength to Strength

It was great to see the diversity of papers and different engineering solutions the authors adopted to approach and solve all types of problems pertinent to the world of sport. The standard of presentations was also great to see and this led to a real buzz in each session.  Thank you to all the keynote presenters too for their excellent presentations. Personally, I took a lot out of Professor Sadayuki Ujihashi keynote, as understanding our history and were we came from as a group is really important as we progress sports engineering to the future.

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Getting the tribe together: The non-scientific events.

The crux of at matter is we attend conferences to disseminate our research to a wide audience, to become informed about other people’s research and really, to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves – to gain a sense of belonging. The great thing about this conference is this was done both formally through structured sessions, but maybe more so in the informal social sessions. The social calendar included welcome drinks, a PhD student night, a sports afternoon and the conference banquet. All these events went brilliantly and it’s moments like this that separate the ISEA from other groups, it definitely feels like a big family.




There’s plenty going on down-under

ISEA also had a few surprises with two big conference unveilings. In 2017 the 8th APCST will be hosted by Swinburne University in Melbourne and we were very proud to announce the 2018 conference will be hosted by us. Yep that’s right ISEA 2018, March 26-28th, in Brisbane. The conference website is live! We can’t wait to say G’day to you all so, start thinking about abstracts and papers and get them in!. As David Theil says, we are only two ‘short’ flights from  anywhere.

Lastly, A massive thank you to the sponsors and the conference organising team at Delft for all your hard work. The conference was amazing, and we will try our very best to emulate the amazing  experience everyone had in Australia in 2018.


Announcing ISEA2018 – The Engineering of Sport, Brisbane Australia

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David and Hugo announcing the ISEA 2018 Sports Engineering conference in Delft to ISEA members and delegates (Photo J. Shepherd)

We are super excited to announce the ISEA2018 Sports Engineering conference will be hosted in Brisbane Australia.

Griffith University and SABEL Labs welcome you to the 12th Biennial conference on the Engineering of Sport on behalf of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) in Brisbane, Australia from 26 to 28 March 2018 together with Australian Sports Technologies Network.

Today more than ever engineering and technology make valuable contributions to the the way we play, watch and compete in sport. This conference brings world leading researchers, sports professionals and industry organisations, together, in one place and on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.

Hear from the latest progress in design, mechanical, performance, analytics, textiles and wearables and how they are changing sport. Come and join us to hear keynotes, the latest from research and a workshops program, together with exhibitors and trade show representatives.

ISEA 2018 conference, Brisbane Australia

ISEA 2018 Engineering of Sport conference

We also encourage you to extend your stay to see some of Australia. The venue is the heart of Brisbane’s Southbank district (which features its very own beach, rockclimbing at the nearby Kangaroo point cliffs or an evening paddle on the river) Its an easy 20min train from our international airport to get here,  with heaps of hotels (and nightlife) to suit every budget, all  within easy walking distance.

If this is your first trip down under we are the gateway to the great barrier reef, beaches as long as the eye can see, the famous outback and rainforests. We have prepared an exciting programme for academics, researchers and industry alike. In case you missed the formal announcement at ISEA 2016 in Delf here is the video presentation David and Hugo gave…to a suitably captivated audience.

For full programme details and yes we are taking abstracts now see or stay tuned to

see you all in Brisbane!