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Overview

This Royal Society conference will bring together stakeholders from across industry, academia and competitive sport to explore how cutting-edge advances and innovations in data, modelling, simulation, and design engineering are enabling humans and machines to operate ever closer to peak functional and mechanical capacity. Talks will include case studies from Formula 1, high-performance sport and Paralympic engineering, and will discuss the key scientific, translational and commercial opportunities and challenges of the coming decade within the elite and everyday sporting industries.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion to consider debates around ethics, accessibility, and how scientific and technical challenges and research gaps might be addressed to drive continued interdisciplinary innovation.

About the conference series

This scientific meeting is part of the Royal Society’s Transforming our Future conference series. These meetings are unique, high-level events that address the scientific and technical challenges of the next decade. Each conference features cutting edge science from industry and academia and brings together leading experts from the scientific community, including regulatory, charity and funding bodies.

Attending this event

  • This will be a hybrid event
  • In-person attendance is invitation only
  • Please register to attend online
  • For any queries or accessibility requirements, please email industry@royalsociety.org

Organisers

Schedule

09:15-09:20
Welcome and opening remarks

Speakers

Dame Sue Ion GBE FREng FRS

Chair of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee

09:20-10:00
Keynote address

Speakers


Chair

Professor Alan Wilson FRS

Royal Veterinary College

10:00-10:20
Setting the scene: challenges and opportunities around data acquisition and usage within elite sport

Speakers

Beth Potter

UK Triathlon

10:20-10:40
Wearable technologies: looking to the future

Speakers

Ray Maker

DC Rainmaker


Chair

Professor Alan Wilson FRS

Royal Veterinary College

11:30-11:50
Mobile sensor data for scientific and healthcare research: challenges and opportunities

Speakers

Professor Cecilia Mascolo

University of Cambridge

11:50-12:15
The cutting edge: applying machine learning technologies to sporting data

Speakers

Dr Rob Harle

Google Fit

12:35-13:00
Q&A and panel discussion

Speakers

Beth Potter

UK Triathlon

Ray Maker

DC Rainmaker

Professor Cecilia Mascolo

University of Cambridge

Dr Rob Harle

Google Fit


Chair

Professor Philip Bond FREng

Council for Science and Technology

14:20-14:40
Olympic sport: the limits of engineering - challenges of accurate simulation, accuracy, dealing with materials failure, trade-offs between stability, speed and risk

Speakers

Rob Lewis OBE

TotalSim

14:40-15:00
Customisation and cutting-edge innovations for individual athletes: lessons from the Paralympics

Speakers

Paul McNamara

Williams Advanced Engineering

15:00-15:15
Scientific advances and innovations to drive continued improvements in modelling and simulation

Speakers

Naomi Stenhouse

English Institute of Sport

15:15-15:35
The role of VR and digital twinning in accelerating innovation within high-performance sport

Speakers

James Roche

NeuralAlpha

15:35-16:00
Q&A and panel discussion

Speakers

Rob Lewis OBE

TotalSim

Naomi Stenhouse

English Institute of Sport

James Roche

NeuralAlpha

Paul McNamara

Williams Advanced Engineering

Professor Philip Bond FREng

Council for Science and Technology


Chair

Prof Steve Haake OBE

Sheffield Hallam University

16:20-17:20
Panel discussion: ethics, accessibility, interdisciplinary collaboration and translation for societal benefit

Speakers


Chair

Dame Sue Ion GBE FREng FRS

Chair of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee

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