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Sports Informatics Symposium

The Symposium took place on the 11th and 12th June, 2012. A number of external visitors, form Queens Mary University London, Swansea University, Vienna University, ETH Zurich, UK Sport, INSEP - France, and Loughborough University research staff attended the event. On the first day a series of talks in the area of sports informatics were presented by the delegates - these talks are available here (as PDF and power-point slides). This was followed by dinner at the Burleigh Court restaurant. On the second day the symposium took the form of a discussion / workshop session, chaired by Prof. Paul Chung and Dr. Eran Edirisinghe. During the first part of the session it was discussed whether a UK branch of IACSS (the Association for Computer Science in Sport) should be formed in the United Kingdom. The consensus was that such an association and its activities of supporting research efforts in sports informatics would be beneficial. The formation of such association was supported by the delegates present, and further action in this regard will be taken. During the second part of the workshop session, much was discussed about possible national (UK based) and international funding opportunities. Funding opportunities for researchers and PhD students through the Marie Curie doctoral fellowship, TSB-funding, EPSRC (sandpit / networking) were suggested. It was further suggested that a useful source of funding to stimulate and bring researchers together may be the EPSRC network grant, although in order to actually move research forward in a more meaningful way a larger European Framework or EPSRC grant in the size of several millions would be ideal, and all parties involved in the workshop showed an interest to participate in such an effort in some form. Towards the end of the workshop debate shifted to possible research areas within and related to sports informatics, and it was highlighted by several participants that applications of computer science in sports shouldn't be the only focus of research, but instead research should extend further, to encompass exercise (and / or health) sciences. This should also help in funding applications and project proposal submission activities. In relation, it was postulated that it may be beneficial for the name of the UK based IACSS association to be more inclusive for such research efforts (i.e. outside of pure sports informatics), and a name such as "British Association of Computer Science in Sport and Exercise (BACSSE)" for instance, may be  suitable. The summary above isn't complete, but it briefly points out the nature of some of the discussions.



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Martin Sykora,
Jun 10, 2012, 5:34 AM
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Martin Sykora,
Jun 10, 2012, 5:33 AM
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