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EPSRC Reference: EP/H009744/1
Title: ESPRIT with Pervasive Sensing (Programme Grant)
Principal Investigator: Yang, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Cook, Dr C Vadgama, Professor P Conway, Professor P
West, Professor AA Caine, Professor MP
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Age UK Assoc of British Healthcare BAE Systems
British Olympic Medical Centre BT Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
IMEC LGC Ltd Livework Studio Ltd
National Physical Laboratory UK Sport UK Sport
Department: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 October 2009 Ends: 31 March 2015 Value (£): 6,119,249
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioelectronic Devices Med.Instrument.Device& Equip.
Mobile Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Sports and Recreation
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 Jul 2009 ICT Programme Grants (July 09) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Elite athletes walk a fine line between performance success and failure. Although regarded by the public as examples of ultimate fitness, in reality they often exhibit vital signs bordering on clinical pathology. Their physiological parameters challenge our notions of what we consider clinically normal, for, as individuals, athletes represent a unique model of human stress adaptation and often, sadly, mal-adaptation. Understanding this human variance may assist ultimately in understanding aspects of well being in the population at large, in the work place and during healthy exercise, as well as when undergoing lifestyle changes to overcome disease, age-related changes and chronic stress.To maximise the potential of GB athletes and support the quest for gold at future World Championships, Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK's sports governing bodies and the UK sports governing bodies and research councils have identified the opportunity for engineering and physical science disciplines to support and interact with the sports community during training. Not only will this secure competitive advantage for UK athletes, it will also, of more general application, contribute understanding of the biology of athletic performance to gain insights which will improve the health and wellbeing of the population at large.The vision of ESPRIT is to position UK at the forefront of pervasive sensing in elite sports and promote its wider application in public life-long health, wellbeing and healthcare, whilst also addressing the EPSRC's key criteria for UK science and engineering research. The proposed programme represents a unique synergy of leading UK research in body sensor networks (BSN), biosensor design, sports performance monitoring and equipment design. The provision of ubiquitous and pervasive monitoring of physical, physiological, and biochemical parameters in any environment and without activity restriction and behaviour modification is the primary motivation of BSN research. This has become a reality with the recent advances in sensor design, MEMS integration, and ultra-low power micro-processor and wireless technologies. Since its inception, BSN has advanced very rapidly internationally. The proposing team has already contributed to a range of novel, low cost, miniaturised wireless devices and prototypes for sports and healthcare.
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Project URL: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn
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