QUT awarded AIS grant to research how data boosts sporting strategy

QUT’s expertise in predictive analytics and using data to improve sport strategy and performance of athletes is the focus of a new 12-month research grant awarded by the Australian Institute of Sport.

Dr Paul Wu (pictured right) is the Chief Investigator for the research project who, for the past six years, has led more than 25 projects in sports data analytics between data scientists, sports scientists and practitioners and students.

The research team includes the Director of the QUT Centre for Data Science, Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, who brings her broad expertise in statistics used across fields in health, environment, industry, and sport.

“This grant will enable us to start envisioning a different future for Australian sport, with data-informed athlete recruitment, fewer injuries, better physical and mental performance, and personalised precision training,” Professor Mengersen said.

“We will work with the AIS to identify opportunities to use data science to advance high performance sports, with particular focus on delivering benefits to athletes and coaches.”

The research team includes world class researchers from the Australian Academy of Science, QUT and University of Canberra with expertise in data science and biomechanics.

Professor Mengersen said the researchers were keenly working toward optimising data-equipped skills in the lead up toward the 2032 Olympics to be hosted in Brisbane.

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