Cutting Edge 2012 – Videos


During the run up to the Olympics six events (hosted by Research Councils UK and the Royal Institution) were held across the country, each one explored the role of technological research in sport. The evenings had a number of different guest speakers which discussed and explored six different areas:

  1. Technological ‘doping’
  2. Cycling
  3. Diving
  4. Sailing
  5. Athletics
  6. Triathlon

Cutting edge

If you missed the events, they have been skilfully recorded and edited and are available on youtube, we also include them below, enjoy!

The research behind sport – an unfair advantage?

Behind Cycling

Behind Diving

Behind Sailing

Behind Athletics

Behind Triathlon

About wiredchop

Simon Choppin Simon’s sports engineering career began at the age of six when he loosened the wheels of his skateboard in order to make it go faster. While the experiment was chalked up as his first failure, his resulting dimpled skull has provided an aerodynamic advantage in more recent sporting pursuits. Academically, Simon completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics at Nottingham University before joining the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield to start his PhD. His main interests include work with high speed video, mathematical modelling of various sorts and experimental work involving machines with big buttons. As a sportsman, Simon has an unfortunate lack of talent for anything requiring skill, tactical awareness or the ability to learn from mistakes. He does however seem to posess the ability to move his legs around for a long time until other people get tired, for this reason you’re most likely to see him on a bike of some sort or running up a hill in offensively small shorts. Simon was fortunate enough to have a stint at the Guardian newspaper as part of the BSA’s media fellowship, which gave him the idea for this blog. Other than this, his writing experience includes his PhD thesis and various postcards to his Mum.