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AIS Brings Brightest Sport And Technology Minds Together For STARS

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he Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has revealed the third annual Sports technology and Applied Research Symposium (STARS), a two-week event starting Monday, November 23, 2020.

The symposium is set to bring together presentations from such people as Triathlon Australia’s Dr. Paula Charlton on preventative health, USA biomechanist Dr. Peter Vint on the use of deterministic modelling, and sleep expert, Professor Greg Roach.

AIS director, Ian Burns, said the presentations will cover anything ranging from the latest in artificial intelligence and data capturing, to better understanding injury and illness prevention, with two weeks to be filled with insights, research and innovation about the next big breakthroughs in sport and technology.

“There is so much we still don’t know about the human body and what we are capable of, so STARS provides a unique opportunity to showcase advancements being made across different industries, both locally and overseas,” Burns said.

“We can collaborate and learn from pioneers in their field to ensure Australian sport remains at the forefront.

“When it comes to sport technology and innovation, we are constantly pushing the limits of athletic performance and finding new and improved ways to assist our athletes to achieve their best.

“Athletes are only getting stronger, faster and fitter.

“World records keep tumbling every year, and Australia needs to make sure we stay one step ahead of our competitors,” he said.

The virtual symposium will also include a presentation from NASA on physical preparation for space travel, with AIS engineering duo, Matt Crawford, and Andy Richardson also set to discuss technology and equipment customised for some of Australia’s top Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games athletes, including Dylan Alcott, Madison de Rozario, and Vanessa Low.

“The Australian high-performance system boasts incredible teams of sport scientists, engineers and technologists who are committed to supporting our athletes and coaches to reach their maximum potential,” Burns said.

“STARS is about helping to maintain our competitive edge and sharing knowledge and expertise to inspire us to discover the next big breakthrough in research and innovation,” he said.