29 January 2007

UK Sport goes global on anti-doping

UK Sport goes global on anti-doping@UK sport

The Drug Information Database has been an overwhelming success since its launch in 2002, and we’re delighted that the Olympic Council of Asia have joined Canada in adopting it for their own athletes. The provision of this information is vital in minimising the number of competitors who fall foul of the rules by inadvertently taking a prohibited substance contained in a prescribed or off-the-shelf medicine.

22 January 2007

use of IT for monitoring training

NICTA and the ASC to use technology to improve athletes' performance@ASC

NICTA's core capabilities in data clustering, optimisation, visual pattern recognition, planning and scheduling under uncertainty and wireless signal processing will be used to assist in the enhancement and development of training methodologies and equipment."

The collaboration between the two organisations is planned to include work on projects with the rowing and swimming teams.

In the rowing project, AIS scientists will work together with researchers from NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing Program to improve the capability of the devices for the transmission of wireless information from a small device on the rower’s boat to a device the coach can use to interpret the information.

The wireless transmission of this information is inherently difficult because the signal needs to be transmitted in real-time, close to the water surface and for a considerable distance or range. The research teams will work together to improve the data transmission rate and range of these devices.

The swimming project combines the expertise of researchers from the AIS’s Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit and NICTA’s Wireless Signal Processing and Systems Engineering and Complex Systems Programs.

The project also involves the transmission of data, from a swimmer to a device at the side of the pool to provide important information on the effect of hand movement on the swimmer’s performance.