First morning session Day 2 #IASI14 and #AUSPIN14


The Australian Institute of Sport is hosting Day 2 of the annual meetings of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) and the Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN).

There were three presentations in the first morning session:



Li discussed the development of a scientific document service for elite Chinese sport from 2010 to the present. She described an E-learning platform that was precise and easily accessible. She noted that the Chinese Sport Information Service works with sport universities to collect, edit, index, submit, store and release information for ten sports.

Six universities in the network specialise in the monitoring of a single sport. The Information Service focusses specifically on three sports: swimming, gymnastics and athletics. In all cases, subject experts verify literature. There is a strong emphasis on quality assurance.

The Information Service released 4501 items of information in 2013-2014. (There were 2800 in 2011-2012).

Li concluded her presentation with an emphasis of importance of networks and proposed international collaboration to the sharing of scientific information.



Hartmut’s presentation had two components:

  • A discussion of the SPIKE project (a pilot database for high performance training centers and camps).
  • Other work at the Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft in Leipzig.


Hartmut noted that there are 96 members of the Association of Sport Performance Centres. The SPIKE project has developed a user friendly database of Centres. Within the pilot project, coaches were asked to share their search needs.

Other Projects

Hartmut observed that SPIKE was a very small part of the Institut’s work. Other work includes: has 40,000 documents in its archive including a document scanning project.

an individualised information service SPRINT with 2,000 subscribers.

an individualised communication network SPRINT 1:1

an upload service SPEED

aniIndividualised documentation service

an iInformation service for 27 National Governing Bodies

The Institut is keen to “Always attempt the impossible” and to contribute to a better informed elite sport system.



I have been following Chikara’s work on his SMART system since 2002. I was delighted to see the emergence of his Smart 2.0 today.

SMART 1.0 and SMART 2.0 are versions of the Japanese Institute of Sport Science’s (JISS) video database (a streaming and meta-data platform).

The SMART 2.0 project started 2009. At present there are 4000 users of the video database. Individual access to the database is verified through National Governing Bodies. All 270,000 videos in the database are archived at JISS.

Chikara noted the limitations of SMART 1.0

  • Low quality video image
  • No step by step video option
  • No sophisticated slow motion
  • No multi-camera option
  • No synchronisation with data

These have been remedied in SMART 2.0:

  • A new SMART player
  • Multiple camera perspectives

SMART 2.0 uses a serialising method to seek video segments and nonlinear thumbnails. The system enables precise time characteristics of the thumbnail (using sparse and fine time intervals).

Chikara presented a synchronised page and video option in SMART 2.0. This page uses scalable vector graphics and HTML to optimise the interactive potential of the page.

Each frame of the video stored in SMART 2.0 has its own unique url to get thumbnails and facilitate step-by-step viewing.

All users of SMART 2.0 have access to network videos flexibly as if they are local files.

Chikara concluded his talk with a discussion of his SMART camera project. The project is driven by the desire to develop a simple camera to record; a simple player to see; and a simple server to save.

The specifications of the camera include: 240 frames per second; High Definition; pre-triggered video; and with a SMART video server.

A 2014 prototype includes a USB3 camera (with 160 frames per seconds), and a PC box.

Coaches and Technology

I am at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS) in Tokyo. Today I hope to meet with some coaches at the Institute to discuss their use of technology. Chikara Miyaji is my host and I am hopeful that he will help me with the translation required for the conversation with coaches.

I have prepared a SlideShare for the discussions (a copy here 100927 Coaches and Technology) and I am hopeful that my use of photographs will unlock our shared understandings about coaching an performance. I do believe that whilst there are enormous cultural differences in coaching and athlete behaviour there are some fascinating cultural universals that bind coaches and athletes together in the world of sport.

The ideas I am sharing today are connected to this blog post (18 April 2010) written for colleagues at the Qatar Academy of Sport. I believe there are four key themes to address, coaches as:

  • Educational technologists
  • Users of commercial technologies
  • Users of free resources
  • Technology developers

I am interested to learn about how coaches undertake this work at JISS and the role that people like Chikara play in support of innovation and early adoption of technologies.

Photo Credit

Fritzi Scheff demonstrating Magnavox for Fifth Liberty Loan in New York City, 1895

Conference Session 5: ACCSS

The Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) is being held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. The fifth and final session of the conference comprises five papers (Links to other sessions from the Conference  can be found here (session four) and here (all other sessions).) Tomohito Wada chaired this session.

Three of the five papers focussed on combat sports and two looked specifically at systems.

The first paper of the session was presented by Peter Emmermacher. His paper was entitled Video Supported Fight Analysis in Karate K-Wet-A.

Tomi Vanttinen discussed the development of a video database management system in combat sports in Finland.

Tomi looked at the use of a USB Exchange and an Archos Exchange for video use in real-time environments. With additional help, he noted that a WLAN system is used for file transfer. Tomi shared the procedure for developing a web-based archive of material through FTP procedures.

Kerstin Witte concluded the discussion of contact sports with her paper, A Software package for Assessment of Visual Perception and Anticipation Ability in Combat Sport.

Kerstin’s discussion of anticipation prompted a lot of questions about perception and anticipation.

The fourth paper of the session presented by Hristo Novatchkov moved the focus of the Conference to mobile systems. His paper was titled Current Development of a Server-Based Mobile Coaching System.

The final paper of the conference was presented by Rafet Irmak. His paper reported on Computer Software for Statistically Determined Blood Lactate Threshold.

Rafet reported how software was developed to calculate and report blood lactate threshold using statistical and mathematical models.

Chikara Miyaji closed the two day Conference. He thanked delegates for their attendance and thanked his colleagues for the support he had received in organising the Conference. He was congratulated by Arnold Baca on behalf of the delegates for a delightful two-days of formal presentations and informal discussions.