Working with FIFA: Examining the quality, reliability and reproducibility of the devices against a computer vision standard
Victoria University is working with international football governing body FIFA to establish world-first standards for electronic movement-tracking devices. The research will directly help the game of football in policy and rule development, as well as in future applications for officiating, broadcasting, and potentially in detecting match-fixing.
VU’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living Lead researcher Associate Professor Rob Aughey says:
" We used a computer vision model jointly developed by the Australian Institute of Sport and Disney Corporation to get precise locations of players on the football pitch, and then compared the location data from commercial suppliers against our standard.”
FIFA’s Nicolas Evans, Group Leader of the Quality Programme in charge of setting technical standards, said FIFA chose ISEAL after a long selection process. The decision was swayed by ISEAL’s reputation for research excellence, its unique interdisciplinary approach, and its track record for high-quality analysis in high-performance sport.
Understanding the connection between bones and blood sugar
Associate Professor Itamar Levinger
Researchers from VU's Institute for Health & Sport have discovered a hormone that may hold the key to better treatment and control of type 2 diabetes.
Associate Professor Itamar Levinger highlighted the link while studying the effects of physical activity on bone metabolism, sugar control and cardiovascular risk. His research found that changes in the hormone ucOC after physical activity correlated with a reduction in blood glucose levels.
Associate Professor Levinger said better understanding glucose control opened up possibilities for diabetes prevention and management. Diabetes affects around 1.8 million Australians, and costs the community an estimated $6 billion each year.
"By better understanding the connection between our bones and blood sugar control we hope to open the door to drugs controlling blood glucose via the bones, which could improve both blood sugar control and bone health."
For more information email Associate Professor Levinger on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 3 9919 5343.