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Matthew Brodie

Doctor of Philosophy, (Science)
Study Completed: 2009
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
The development of fusion motion capture for optimization of performance in alpine skiing

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Mr Brodie pioneered a new camera-less motion capture system that tracks movement using a network of miniature lightweight sensors strapped to a skier''sbody. Called Fusion Motion Capture (FMC), the technology produces data that can help elite skiers go faster, potentially winning them more gold medals. The results challenge traditional ski techniques by showing that the shortest path is not always the fastest. Athletes can gain an edge by making efficient use of gravity with smooth turns, leaning into the turn early and edging the ski until the maximum ski/snow angle is reached. The system could be used in a range of sports where distances covered or difficult terrain make it impractical to use video cameras, such as rowing, cycling, cross country running and horse racing. It could also deliver new knowledge about the cause of sporting injuries, be used for vehicle navigation, and in the film animation industry.

Dr Alan Walmsley
Associate Professor Wyatt Page

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