IASI 2011: Morning Session Day 3

The IASI 2011 Workshop concluded this morning in Leipzig. The final session started with a guided tour of the very impressive Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT). I was fascinated by the facilities at the Institute and was delighted we were able to see some of the backroom activities of a world famous institute.

After the tour the Workshop attendees met to discuss ways to develop IASI’s work. I acted as a facilitator for the discussion and with all delegates (Germany, China, Japan, Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Qatar) contributed to a consensus statement about IASI in regard to:

  • The nature of IASI as an organisation
  • What IASI does
  • An action plan for the next two years

The consensus statement will be available for discussion once the Secretariat has had an opportunity to format the document (a one page A4 document). Hartmut Sandner closed the workshop with his thanks to attendees and his colleagues who had helped with the organisation of the Workshop.

The day ended with a visit to the Kanupark Markkleeberger:

Der Kanupark am Markkleeberger See ist die modernste künstliche Wildwasseranlage in Deutschland und eine von fünf Strecken dieser Art weltweit. Hier trainieren die deutsche Kanu-Slalom-Elite und Spitzensportler aus der ganzen Welt sowie Nachwuchstalente aus der Region. Die Wildwasseranlage ist nicht nur Trainings-, sondern auch Wettkampfstätte für die Slalom-Kanuten.

Photo Credit

Evening on the Leipzig Canal (Axel Bruning)

IASI 2011: Morning Session Day 1

Hartmut Sandner welcomed delegates to our workshop. He noted that nine countries and sixteen organizations and institutions were represented at the workshop from the North (Great Britain and Finland), the West (France and Germany), the South (Qatar, Australia) and the East (China and Japan). This Leipzig Workshop is an outcome of discussions started in Canberra 2009 that aimed to develop international exchange.

Hartmut noted that the focus of the Workshop will be “on practical solutions in the different centres and countries which reflect the actual state of our field of activity”. The Workshop will conclude with a design of “an organizational framework for our activities that reflects our interests and our capacity”.

The Deputy Director of the Institut fur Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT), Dr Jurgen Wick, opened the program officially with a presentation about IAT’s work and the role Information Kommunikation Sport plays in this work.

Chikara Miyaji (JISS Tokyo) presented the first talk of the workshop. His topic was ‘The success story of the JISS Video Monitoring Archives SMART’.

Chikara shared the evolution of the SMART system and discussed its use in judo and synchronized swimming. He reported the use twin cameras in synchronized swimming to present above and below water behaviour. He noted too the use of Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming to share video and its advantages (a quick Seek Response; dynamic changes of bit rate; and the use of http download).

Chikara demonstrated the web-based system (SMART 1.5) and showed its relational database functionality. He reported developments of collaborative work on this system with the Hong Kong Institute of Sport.

Chikara then discussed the emergence of SMART 2.0. This system will provide: new browsing capabilities; server support; and new ways to synchronise video with a web page. This version will become Open Source and provide the base structure of web applications. Collaboration may develop analysis tools; tactical tools; and educational tools. Chikara considered the possibilities of developing an open access archive that could be stored for 20+ years and wondered who will create this archive (Institutes, International Federations, Volunteers, Google?).

Chikara concluded his talk with a discussion of the lessons of working with SMART:

  • Video support requires an integrated solution
  • Each national federations has different views on video use
  • Technology can provide support
  • Now is the time to archive sport video

Gavin Reynolds (Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra) was the second presenter of the morning. His talk was titled Olympic broadcasting material for the purpose of performance analysis and performance enhancement.

Gavin discussed an IASI initiative to make an explicit agreement to use broadcast material for the benefit of all sports. His presentation is attached here.

Gavin noted the importance of working at a strategic, policy level to secure an agreement in principle to use broadcast material. He outlined 9 Steps in this process.

IASI in Leipzig 2011: Some Groundrules

I am in Leipzig for an IASI Workshop hosted by Hartmut Sandner of the Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT).

I am staying not far from the St. Nicholas Church that played a prominent role in the beginning of the end of East Germany in early October 1989.

To my delight I opened my hotel curtains this morning and discovered I have a full view of some guidelines. These advise me that I should (or should not):

I think this makes it a great start to the first day of the conference. I am using #IASIL11 to share news of events.