Shaping Champions: The Impact of Sport Technology

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Wednesday 3 May 2017

Sport is at the forefront of technological research, with tracking systems and data honing our performance. So what happens when technology boosts our performance and what does it mean for the future of sport?

Join some of Melbourne’s best entrepreneurs and researchers to explore how sport technology can get the best out of our bodies so we can reach peak performance. Discover your kicking strength and how well you balance using Victoria University's state of the art equipment, and view demonstrations of up-and-coming technology. 

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 1 – 7 May 2017, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne. 


Associate Professor Robert Aughey

Associate Professor Aughey is internationally recognised for his work in testing and applying athlete-tracking devices. He has nearly 20 years' experience in monitoring and designing training for elite athletes across Australian football, rugby, soccer, cycling, swimming, hockey and triathlon with a focus on the application of tracking devices. 

Robert has an outstanding research track record running large projects, publishing the findings of work on team sport athlete movement, training load and performance, with 41 related projects published in the past 6 years in top ranked journals. These projects have scientific impact demonstrated through very high citations of this work by others in the field and practical impact through being integrated into daily practice of professional football clubs. 

Robert was the President of the AFL Sport Science Association and has worked as a Senior Sport Scientist for an Australian Football club and as a coach of International cyclists. He currently supervises PhD students embedded with Melbourne Victory FC, the Western Bulldogs Football Club (AFL), Collingwood Football Club (AFL), Melbourne Rebels (Super18), Netball Australia and Cycling Australia.

Stephanie Kovalchik

Stephanie is currently a Research Fellow at Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) and holds a joint appointment at Tennis Australia, where she is the lead data scientist for the Game Insight Group.

Stephanie’s area of expertise is statistical modelling and machine learning. She received her PhD from UCLA, where she focused on multi-level modelling, prediction, and risk assessment. Stephanie has held appointments as a statistical researcher at the National Cancer Institute and the RAND Corporation, where she developed new statistical methods for handling complex health science data.

Stephanie’s current research focuses on the use of statistical methods to understand performance, game strategy, and mentality in high-performance tennis. Her work for the Game Insight Group has been featured by ESPN, the Tennis Channel, the NY Times, and other media outlets. She is also the creator of the tennis analytics blog On The T and regularly writes about tennis there and on twitter @StatsOnTheT. 

Barry McNeill

Barry is the Chief Operating Officer at Catapult Australia, a public athlete analytics company that engineers wearable technology for elite sports. Catapult are a large supplier of athlete tracking monitors for elite sport, with over 500 elite teams worldwide using the technology to assess athlete risk, readiness and return to play.


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About the Game Changers Conversation Series

The Game Changers Conversation series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia's evolving story for public discussion and debate.

It is a project of the Footscray University Town initiative – a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University that sees education, jobs, creativity and opportunity at the heart of the future of Footscray.

About Melbourne Knowledge Week

Melbourne Knowledge Week is a week-long festival that melds art, technology, business and science to explore and co-create our future city.

Over 70 new wave events have been designed to inspire curious minds to collide and collaborate to bring future-focused ideas to life. 

Throw yourself into a week full of innovation and creativity where you’ll hear from international industry leaders, test cutting-edge technology, taste future food and help to solve Melbourne’s future challenges.

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Female footballer testing kicking strength in the ISEAL Biomechanics Lab


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Pop-up bar open from 5:30pm
Conversation from 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Biomechanics Lab at the Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living (Building P).