John McPhee is the Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo. He has pioneered the use of linear graph theory and symbolic computing to create dynamic system models and model-based controllers, with applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to rehabilitation robots. Dr. McPhee has won five best paper awards and his research algorithms are a core component of the MapleSim modelling software. His industry partners include Toyota, Maplesoft, the Canadian Sports Institute, Grand River Hospital, and Ping Golf. He has also received awards for his teaching, written over 300 peer-reviewed papers, consulted to many industries in Canada and the United States, and appeared as an expert witness in the Federal Court of Canada. He has supervised 85 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. Dr. McPhee is a Fellow of the ASME, CSME, EIC, and CAE. In 2014, he received the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award from the Governor-General of Canada.
Engineering Your Way to Better Sports Performance
Every four years, we see new Olympic records being established. Are athletes getting that much faster and stronger? Perhaps, but there is no doubt that the equipment being used by the athletes for training and competition has drastically changed the playing field over the past decades.
In this talk, I discuss the rapid growth of a field known as sports engineering, and demonstrate the application of modern-day engineering research, design, and development to a number of sports, including golf (more patents than all other sports combined), ice hockey (robots, sticks, and skates), Paralympic curling (biomechanics and equipment), wheelchair basketball (propulsion), and Olympic cycling. I will briefly mention sports engineering conferences and educational programs around the world, including a new sports engineering specialisation within the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.