Next Generation Graduates Program (NGGP): Our Projects

The Centre for Data Science (CDS), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) are leading a consortium of government and industry organisations in sports, sports and biomedical technology, CSIRO and 4 universities to develop pioneering sports data science capability in the ‘green & gold’ lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The NGGP grants are aimed at building a competitive and capable workforce that will drive the growth of the Australian tech sector. With our program, the NGGP grants will fund a first cohort of 25 higher degree research (HDR) student placements (Honours, Masters, PhDs) and create a community of students who will learn together as they tackle these research challenges.

Discover a project that’s just right for you!

Projects are sorted by four different categories: 

  • Host university
  • Partner organisation
  • Scholarship type (PhD, Masters, or Honours)
  • Research Theme

(Note: Projects that have a name next to ‘student’ are already filled)

Host Universities

(click on university logo to see projects available at that university)


Project Partners

(click on partner name to see project(s) available with that organisation)

Making Advanced AI Tools Accessible to Sports Practitioners

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Data driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Understand how practitioners (sports scientist, bio-mechanists, etc) use computer vision/machine learning to quantify athlete performance.

  • Develop new computer vision/machine learning methods to enable measurement of sports performance.
  • Research programme would make use of AIS’s existing cloud-based “pipelines” product, which allows sporting practitioners to develop computer vision (CV) applications in a no-code environment.

Discovering Novel Strategies with Reinforcement Learning

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Mengmeng Wu

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can reinforcement learning (RL) be used to discover new sporting strategies?

  • Research programme could consider a specific sport for which a rich simulation environment already exists (such as track cycling), or use a simplified simulation environment (i.e. for soccer or hockey, which captures rules and athlete limits) to discover strategies.

Supporting Sporting Knowledge Discovery with Large Language Models

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse data collection, integration and governance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can sports practitioners use LLMs to support their work?

Develop methods to video and/or numeric data interpretable/discoverable through Large Language Model (LLM) queries. Research programme would seek to extend the use of LLMs to the sports domain, and in particular to retrieve multi-modal data (i.e. video clips, physiological data) from AIS/sports organisation data warehouses and aid/support the visualisation of this data.


Integrating state of the art methods for time-series and athlete monitoring into decision support systems and capability for applied sport practitioners

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Improving the efficacy of quantifying and understanding athletes’ performance longitudinally.
  • Improved longitudinal tracking and trend analysis.
  • Increase in application of foundational principles by Performance Support

Profiling athlete’s throwing mechanics from video using high precision computer vision

Themes: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Video machine learning for tracking athletic throw events – can we profile an athlete’s throwing mechanics from video and determine how/where the throw velocity is generated?

  • Developing high precision models to auto track throwing implements from a fixed video camera
  • How to apply outputs from computer vision to support coaches

AI and ML Techniques for Predicting Future Olympic and Paralympic Medal-Winning Performances: Developing reliable and accurate models to predict athlete performance and career progression

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: The proposed research seeks to advance the understanding of Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning performances by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques. The study aims to develop sophisticated predictive models that consider the diverse categories of sports in the Olympic/Paralympic Games, including racing, judging, and head-to-head sports. By categorising sports based on their inherent characteristics and employing appropriate AI and ML approaches, this research will provide insights into the career progression of successful athletes in various sports and allow for the development of more robust frameworks with which to assess long term athlete development and performance progression.


Swimming race profiling, prediction and simulation using multivariate sensor data

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Mackenzie Parker

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop individualised race profiles to predict race time distribution given different pacing profiles
  • Map individual physiology to profiles
  • Model profiles in the context of the career trajectory of swimmers and how they might perform at the next race

Integrating state of the art methods for time-series and athlete monitoring into decision support systems and capability for applied sport practitioners

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Improving the efficacy of quantifying and understanding athletes’ performance longitudinally.
  • Improved longitudinal tracking and trend analysis.
  • Increase in application of foundational principles by Performance Support

Hybrid Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and The Digital Athlete (TDA) Modelling

Themes: Holistic Athlete Performance and Wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Tiri Pestrivas

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: 

  • Focusing on aerodynamics impacted sports such as cycling, triathlon and wheelchair racing, can the Digital Twin and SuperSportFlow CFD be integrated for unified athlete performance and aerodynamic modelling? Research would assess the impact of environmental factors (heat, humidity, wind direction, etc.).
  • How can a hybrid model be used to support optimisation of athlete equipment selection and race strategy? Research would assess impact of postures (e.g., tuck when going downhill) and related physical considerations (e.g., centre of mass location for stability)
  • How can the model be extended to incorporate effects of multiple athletes such as in team pursuit?

Predicting performance in Olympic Racing Sports

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing/Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: La Trobe University

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Identify relevant data categories for comprehensive performance prediction. What are the key data categories that significantly influence training and competition performance in racing sports?
  • Determine the optimal data requirements for accurate performance prediction: What is the minimum amount of data required in each identified category to achieve accurate prediction of training and competition performance?

Characterising and Quantifying Player Performance in Wheelchair Basketball

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse Data Collection, Integration and Governance / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Penny Keats

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

Within wheelchair basketball, players are categorised based on their level of disability and are scored from [1..4.5], where 4.5 is the highest level of impairment. A team can field a maximum of “14 points”, forcing teams to field lineups with a mix of impairment levels.

  • Can advanced metrics (beyond simple box-score stats) be developed to better compare players within and across disability classifications; to better quantify the value of and expected points from shots; and to create defensive metrics?
  • How can player performance be disentangled from team performance to quantify player value?

Modelling cumulative physical load during performance and relationships to injury

Theme: Complex Systems Modelling

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: In sports like Rugby, training is monitored carefully by sports scientists such that risks to injury can be reduced. In game time, performance is less constrained, heightening the risks that players might endure physical load at higher levels of risk. There is little understanding of how available data might be used to provide better information on individual player loads during a game.

  • How to mitigate risk of injury in a game by identifying a real-time measure of cumulative physical load?
  • What are the key contributing factors in physical load?
  • To what extent does a physiological baseline combined with cumulative physical load contribute to adverse outcomes?

Scanning and off-ball effort in Rugby

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

At any one point in a rugby game, only one player can be in possession of the ball, but their actions depend on what their 14 teammates and 15 opponents are doing. A line break, for instance, is not down only to the player with the ball. It may have been created by the lines other attacking players were running, or it could be prevented by the defence repositioning quickly after a ruck. Tracking this effort, or the amount of information a player takes on board before making a decision, is challenging.

  • Can we develop AI solutions to track off-ball effort?
  • Can we monitor how players scan the field?
  • Can we use this information to better assess the impact of each player on the game?

What makes a well run Rugby club

Theme: Build capacity

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: There is a unique opportunity to grow the sport of Rugby and maximise health, wellbeing and social outcomes across Australia and Pacific regions.

  • What help makes a club successful?
  • How do we learn from this to collectively raise the standard of rugby clubs to achieve long term sustainability in the community?

The two major themes are:

  • to build capacity and capability of Rugby’s community clubs
  • to increase opportunities for participation and greater inclusion

Rugby facilities gap analysis

Theme: Increase opportunities for participation and greater inclusion

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Where do we need to focus growth in facilities to prepare for tomorrow’s Australia?
  • What formats of the game work in different scenarios?

A hard reset for cricket analysis: assessment of the current game state, its inefficiencies, and a new method to identify competitive advantage

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: What are the next generation of cricket statistics and how can career profiling inform nuanced squad management in the modern game.

  • IDENTIFICATION: Identifying important and contemporary features of performance for cricket (this is inclusive of understanding how many of these measures we need to be tracking, and also understanding why they are relevant relative to performance).
  • CREATING: Is it possible to create new features that are predictive of performance in cricket?
  • PROFILING: Explore these features relative to both team and individual performance, and variations of both (i.e. what does a good partnership look like). Is it possible to build profiles around team and individual performance?
  • INCORPORATE TIME: Incorporate longitudinal and time-series components to profiling into predictive ability relative to performance (inclusive of career profiling, temporal characteristics relative to peaking in the career).

Wave forecasting at Olympic venues: complex system modelling

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Jonathan Sebban

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Through the collection of reliable metocean data and mathematical modelling techniques, can we improve forecasting of surf conditions at Olympic venues (Tahiti, Brisbane)?
  • Is the aforementioned method then able to calculate the number of wave-riding opportunities a surfer may have in a competitive heat using a short-range forecast of 30-60 minutes?

Analysis of training and racing in sprint kayak of cohort data over time: incorporating high fidelity sensor data

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Understanding the effects of environmental impacts on training and race performance over time
  • Understanding the race profile characteristics of athletes over an athlete’s career

Performance Physiology and Data Analytics in Motorsport

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: Fusing sensors on both the athlete and the (motor racing) vehicle to monitor and optimise overall performance, including:

  • On track performance
  • Career development performance

Biology-based mental health correlations and predictions in athletes

Theme: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing

Student type: 2x Honours or 1x Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: Does athlete mental health correlate with the athlete’s unique biological/physiological makeup throughout the season?

  • Quantify phenotype using AI to predict personalised markers of stress and correlate them to validated tool in mental health. (Pre-season, start, mid, end of season)
  • Collaborating with other phenotype and genetic assessments to provide deeper insights

The use of photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) to improve athletic performance and reduce injury

Themes: Data driven technological innovations / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How significantly does Photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) assist in athletic recovery, athletic performance and treatment of musculoskeletal injury? Research objectives are to validate affordable photobiomodulation therapies to:

  • precondition joints/muscles to prevent injury
  • precondition major muscle groups to extend athletic endurance
  • reduce DOMS by accelerating cellular recovery post-exertion
  • treat athletic musculoskeletal injuries

Prediction of relative hormonal environment for all common menstrual cycle ‘types’ (natural and pharmaceutically modified)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop an open source predictive model for individual daily female hormonal profile based on known variants, including both endogenous (natural cycle) and exogenous (medicated cycle) cycle types.
  • Develop an AI model to understand the relationship between the predicted hormonal environment and daily tracking variables: physical/psychological/emotional.

Novel 360 degree viewing widget of menstrual cycle (hormone profile vs wellbeing/recovery/performance variables)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How can the cyclical nature of women’s training and wellbeing data be better visualised to enhance ongoing understanding and learning?

  • Normalise female cycle data for the representation of repeated patterns.
  • Develop an open source novel 360 degree visualisation tool with easy to use viewing windows for past, present and future for optimal user experience and learning of personal traits which may be hormonally influenced in response to the individual’s hormonal profile.
  • By improving the visualisation of predictive modelling (what is likely to occur in the next viewing window) is it possible to both enhance the user experience and informed decision making regarding, recovery, performance and menstrual cycle management.

Novel Bayesian modelling and advanced inference to infer hydration state and dynamics

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state.

This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel Bayesian methods to model hydration state.

  • How can hydration state and its change over time be inferred?
  • How can the temporal change of hydration be modelled, considering variations in individuals and
    environments?

Novel Neural Network Architectures for Robust and Explainable Biosensing

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: How can hydration be accurately measured and forecast?

WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state. This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel neural network and deep learning based techniques to classify a subject’s hydration state, and forecast future hydration states.


Measuring Hydration State from Bioelectrical Impedence using Bayesian Inference

Theme:  Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student: Jayden Lyttle

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: The objectives are:

  • (i) to replicate and enhance the WearOptimo Bayesian inference pipeline to build Bayesian hierarchical models for a collection of test circuits
  • (ii) to establish quantitative model selection criteria based on models of these test circuits
  • (iii) to replicate and enhance the Bayesian inference pipeline for a system and hierarchical models of bioimpedance for liquid electrolyte at multiple concentrations
  • (iv) to assess and validate the efficacy of the model selection criteria across both simple and complex circuits.

Scholarship Type

  • $41,600 pa (tax free - see ATO for exempt income)
  • $20,840 in allowances (training, travel, thesis)
  • Inclusion in additional training program specifically for NGGP cohort
  • Open to domestic students only

LIST OF PhD PROJECTS

Modelling cumulative physical load during performance and relationships to injury

Theme: Complex Systems Modelling

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: In sports like Rugby, training is monitored carefully by sports scientists such that risks to injury can be reduced. In game time, performance is less constrained, heightening the risks that players might endure physical load at higher levels of risk. There is little understanding of how available data might be used to provide better information on individual player loads during a game.

  • How to mitigate risk of injury in a game by identifying a real-time measure of cumulative physical load?
  • What are the key contributing factors in physical load?
  • To what extent does a physiological baseline combined with cumulative physical load contribute to adverse outcomes?

Scanning and off-ball effort in Rugby

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

At any one point in a rugby game, only one player can be in possession of the ball, but their actions depend on what their 14 teammates and 15 opponents are doing. A line break, for instance, is not down only to the player with the ball. It may have been created by the lines other attacking players were running, or it could be prevented by the defence repositioning quickly after a ruck. Tracking this effort, or the amount of information a player takes on board before making a decision, is challenging.

  • Can we develop AI solutions to track off-ball effort?
  • Can we monitor how players scan the field?
  • Can we use this information to better assess the impact of each player on the game?

Making Advanced AI Tools Accessible to Sports Practitioners

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Data driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Understand how practitioners (sports scientist, bio-mechanists, etc) use computer vision/machine learning to quantity athlete performance.

  • Develop new computer vision/machine learning methods to enable measurement of sports performance.
  • Research programme would make use of AIS’s existing cloud-based “pipelines” product, which allows sporting practitioners to develop computer vision (CV) applications in a no-code environment.

Supporting Sporting Knowledge Discovery with Large Language Models

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse data collection, integration and governance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can sports practitioners use LLMs to support their work?

Develop methods to video and/or numeric data interpretable/discoverable through Large Language Model (LLM) queries. Research programme would seek to extend the use of LLMs to the sports domain, and in particular to retrieve multi-modal data (i.e. video clips, physiological data) from AIS/sports organisation data warehouses and aid/support the visualisation of this data.


Profiling athlete’s throwing mechanics from video using high precision computer vision

Themes: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Video machine learning for tracking athletic throw events – can we profile an athlete’s throwing mechanics from video and determine how/where the throw velocity is generated?

  • Developing high precision models to auto track throwing implements from a fixed video camera
  • How to apply outputs from computer vision to support coaches

AI and ML Techniques for Predicting Future Olympic and Paralympic Medal-Winning Performances: Developing reliable and accurate models to predict athlete performance and career progression

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: The proposed research seeks to advance the understanding of Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning performances by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques. The study aims to develop sophisticated predictive models that consider the diverse categories of sports in the Olympic/Paralympic Games, including racing, judging, and head-to-head sports. By categorising sports based on their inherent characteristics and employing appropriate AI and ML approaches, this research will provide insights into the career progression of successful athletes in various sports and allow for the development of more robust frameworks with which to assess long term athlete development and performance progression.


Integrating state of the art methods for time-series and athlete monitoring into decision support systems and capability for applied sport practitioners

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Improving the efficacy of quantifying and understanding athletes’ performance longitudinally.
  • Improved longitudinal tracking and trend analysis.
  • Increase in application of foundational principles by Performance Support

 


Predicting performance in Olympic Racing Sports

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing/Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: La Trobe University

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Identify relevant data categories for comprehensive performance prediction. What are the key data categories that significantly influence training and competition performance in racing sports?
  • Determine the optimal data requirements for accurate performance prediction: What is the minimum amount of data required in each identified category to achieve accurate prediction of training and competition performance?

A hard reset for cricket analysis: assessment of the current game state, its inefficiencies, and a new method to identify competitive advantage

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: What are the next generation of cricket statistics and how can career profiling inform nuanced squad management in the modern game.

  • IDENTIFICATION: Identifying important and contemporary features of performance for cricket (this is inclusive of understanding how many of these measures we need to be tracking, and also understanding why they are relevant relative to performance).
  • CREATING: Is it possible to create new features that are predictive of performance in cricket?
  • PROFILING: Explore these features relative to both team and individual performance, and variations of both (i.e. what does a good partnership look like). Is it possible to build profiles around team and individual performance?
  • INCORPORATE TIME: Incorporate longitudinal and time-series components to profiling into predictive ability relative to performance (inclusive of career profiling, temporal characteristics relative to peaking in the career).

Performance Physiology and Data Analytics in Motorsport

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: Fusing sensors on both the athlete and the (motor racing) vehicle to monitor and optimise overall performance, including:

  • On track performance
  • Career development performance

What makes a well run Rugby club

Theme: Build capacity

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: There is a unique opportunity to grow the sport of Rugby and maximise health, wellbeing and social outcomes across Australia and Pacific regions.

  • What help makes a club successful?
  • How do we learn from this to collectively raise the standard of rugby clubs to achieve long term sustainability in the community?

The two major themes are:

  • to build capacity and capability of Rugby’s community clubs
  • to increase opportunities for participation and greater inclusion

Rugby facilities gap analysis

Theme: Increase opportunities for participation and greater inclusion

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Where do we need to focus growth in facilities to prepare for tomorrow’s Australia?
  • What formats of the game work in different scenarios?

Novel Bayesian modelling and advanced inference to infer hydration state and dynamics

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state.

This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel Bayesian methods to model hydration state.

  • How can hydration state and its change over time be inferred?
  • How can the temporal change of hydration be modelled, considering variations in individuals and
    environments?

Novel Neural Network Architectures for Robust and Explainable Biosensing

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: How can hydration be accurately measured and forecast?

WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state. This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel neural network and deep learning based techniques to classify a subject’s hydration state, and forecast future hydration states.

  • $41,600 pa (tax free - see ATO for exempt income)
  • $15,420 in allowances (training, travel, thesis)
  • Inclusion in additional training program specifically for NGGP cohort
  • Open to domestic students only

List of MPhil Projects

Analysis of training and racing in sprint kayak of cohort data over time: incorporating high fidelity sensor data

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Understanding the effects of environmental impacts on training and race performance over time
  • Understanding the race profile characteristics of athletes over an athlete’s career

Biology-based mental health correlations and predictions in athletes

Theme: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing

Student type: 2x Honours or 1x Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: Does athlete mental health correlate with the athlete’s unique biological/physiological makeup throughout the season?

  • Quantify phenotype using AI to predict personalised markers of stress and correlate them to validated tool in mental health. (Pre-season, start, mid, end of season)
  • Collaborating with other phenotype and genetic assessments to provide deeper insights

The use of photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) to improve athletic performance and reduce injury

Themes: Data driven technological innovations / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How significantly does Photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) assist in athletic recovery, athletic performance and treatment of musculoskeletal injury? Research objectives are to validate affordable photobiomodulation therapies to:

  • precondition joints/muscles to prevent injury
  • precondition major muscle groups to extend athletic endurance
  • reduce DOMS by accelerating cellular recovery post-exertion
  • treat athletic musculoskeletal injuries

  • $10,000 pa (tax free - see ATO for exempt income)
  • $5,000 training allowance
  • Inclusion in additional training program specifically for NGGP cohort
  • Open to domestic students only

LIST OF HONOURS PROJECTS

Prediction of relative hormonal environment for all common menstrual cycle ‘types’ (natural and pharmaceutically modified)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop an open source predictive model for individual daily female hormonal profile based on known variants, including both endogenous (natural cycle) and exogenous (medicated cycle) cycle types.
  • Develop an AI model to understand the relationship between the predicted hormonal environment and daily tracking variables: physical/psychological/emotional.

Novel 360 degree viewing widget of menstrual cycle (hormone profile vs wellbeing/recovery/performance variables)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How can the cyclical nature of women’s training and wellbeing data be better visualised to enhance ongoing understanding and learning?

  • Normalise female cycle data for the representation of repeated patterns.
  • Develop an open source novel 360 degree visualisation tool with easy to use viewing windows for past, present and future for optimal user experience and learning of personal traits which may be hormonally influenced in response to the individual’s hormonal profile.
  • By improving the visualisation of predictive modelling (what is likely to occur in the next viewing window) is it possible to both enhance the user experience and informed decision making regarding, recovery, performance and menstrual cycle management.

 


Research Theme

(click on theme name to see projects available in that theme)

Making Advanced AI Tools Accessible to Sports Practitioners

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Data driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Understand how practitioners (sports scientist, bio-mechanists, etc) use computer vision/machine learning to quantity athlete performance.

  • Develop new computer vision/machine learning methods to enable measurement of sports performance.
  • Research programme would make use of AIS’s existing cloud-based “pipelines” product, which allows sporting practitioners to develop computer vision (CV) applications in a no-code environment.

Discovering Novel Strategies with Reinforcement Learning

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Mengmeng Wu

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can reinforcement learning (RL) be used to discover new sporting strategies?

  • Research programme could consider a specific sport for which a rich simulation environment already exists (such as track cycling), or use a simplified simulation environment (i.e. for soccer or hockey, which captures rules and athlete limits) to discover strategies.

Supporting Sporting Knowledge Discovery with Large Language Models

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse data collection, integration and governance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can sports practitioners use LLMs to support their work?

Develop methods to video and/or numeric data interpretable/discoverable through Large Language Model (LLM) queries. Research programme would seek to extend the use of LLMs to the sports domain, and in particular to retrieve multi-modal data (i.e. video clips, physiological data) from AIS/sports organisation data warehouses and aid/support the visualisation of this data.


Predicting performance in Olympic Racing Sports

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing/Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: La Trobe University

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Identify relevant data categories for comprehensive performance prediction. What are the key data categories that significantly influence training and competition performance in racing sports?
  • Determine the optimal data requirements for accurate performance prediction: What is the minimum amount of data required in each identified category to achieve accurate prediction of training and competition performance?

Characterising and Quantifying Player Performance in Wheelchair Basketball

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse Data Collection, Integration and Governance / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Penny Keats

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

Within wheelchair basketball, players are categorised based on their level of disability and are scored from [1..4.5], where 4.5 is the highest level of impairment. A team can field a maximum of “14 points”, forcing teams to field lineups with a mix of impairment levels.

  • Can advanced metrics (beyond simple box-score stats) be developed to better compare players within and across disability classifications; to better quantify the value of and expected points from shots; and to create defensive metrics?
  • How can player performance be disentangled from team performance to quantify player value?

Hybrid Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and The Digital Athlete (TDA) Modelling

Themes: AI for Holistic Athlete Performance and Wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Tiri Pestrivas

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: 

  • Focusing on aerodynamics impacted sports such as cycling, triathlon and wheelchair racing, can the Digital Twin and SuperSportFlow CFD be integrated for unified athlete performance and aerodynamic modelling? Research would assess the impact of environmental factors (heat, humidity, wind direction, etc.).
  • How can a hybrid model be used to support optimisation of athlete equipment selection and race strategy? Research would assess impact of postures (e.g., tuck when going downhill) and related physical considerations (e.g., centre of mass location for stability)
  • How can the model be extended to incorporate effects of multiple athletes such as in team pursuit?

Wave forecasting at Olympic venues: complex system modelling

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Jonathan Sebban

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Through the collection of reliable metocean data and mathematical modelling techniques, can we improve forecasting of surf conditions at Olympic venues (Tahiti, Brisbane)?
  • Is the aforementioned method then able to calculate the number of wave-riding opportunities a surfer may have in a competitive heat using a short-range forecast of 30-60 minutes?

Biology-based mental health correlations and predictions in athletes

Theme: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing

Student type: 2x Honours or 1x Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: Does athlete mental health correlate with the athlete’s unique biological/physiological makeup throughout the season?

  • Quantify phenotype using AI to predict personalised markers of stress and correlate them to validated tool in mental health. (Pre-season, start, mid, end of season)
  • Collaborating with other phenotype and genetic assessments to provide deeper insights

Prediction of relative hormonal environment for all common menstrual cycle ‘types’ (natural and pharmaceutically modified)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop an open source predictive model for individual daily female hormonal profile based on known variants, including both endogenous (natural cycle) and exogenous (medicated cycle) cycle types.
  • Develop an AI model to understand the relationship between the predicted hormonal environment and daily tracking variables: physical/psychological/emotional.

Novel 360 degree viewing widget of menstrual cycle (hormone profile vs wellbeing/recovery/performance variables)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How can the cyclical nature of women’s training and wellbeing data be better visualised to enhance ongoing understanding and learning?

  • Normalise female cycle data for the representation of repeated patterns.
  • Develop an open source novel 360 degree visualisation tool with easy to use viewing windows for past, present and future for optimal user experience and learning of personal traits which may be hormonally influenced in response to the individual’s hormonal profile.
  • By improving the visualisation of predictive modelling (what is likely to occur in the next viewing window) is it possible to both enhance the user experience and informed decision making regarding, recovery, performance and menstrual cycle management.

Making Advanced AI Tools Accessible to Sports Practitioners

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Data driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Understand how practitioners (sports scientist, bio-mechanists, etc) use computer vision/machine learning to quantity athlete performance.

  • Develop new computer vision/machine learning methods to enable measurement of sports performance.
  • Research programme would make use of AIS’s existing cloud-based “pipelines” product, which allows sporting practitioners to develop computer vision (CV) applications in a no-code environment.

The use of photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) to improve athletic performance and reduce injury

Themes: Data driven technological innovations / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How significantly does Photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) assist in athletic recovery, athletic performance and treatment of musculoskeletal injury? Research objectives are to validate affordable photobiomodulation therapies to:

  • precondition joints/muscles to prevent injury
  • precondition major muscle groups to extend athletic endurance
  • reduce DOMS by accelerating cellular recovery post-exertion
  • treat athletic musculoskeletal injuries

Novel Bayesian modelling and advanced inference to infer hydration state and dynamics

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state.

This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel Bayesian methods to model hydration state.

  • How can hydration state and its change over time be inferred?
  • How can the temporal change of hydration be modelled, considering variations in individuals and
    environments?

Novel Neural Network Architectures for Robust and Explainable Biosensing

Theme: Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: How can hydration be accurately measured and forecast?

WearOptimo has developed a wearable sensor to sense the hydration status of individuals. The sensor uses micro-needles to penetrate the skin and sense impedance, which in turn allows hydration state (hydrated/dehydrated) to be estimated. In addition, the device has a temperature sensor and IMU integrated. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials to assess its ability to measure hydration state. This project would use data from WearOptimo’s hydration sensor and develop novel neural network and deep learning based techniques to classify a subject’s hydration state, and forecast future hydration states.


Measuring Hydration State from Bioelectrical Impedence using Bayesian Inference

Theme:  Data-driven technological innovations for health and performance

Student: Jayden Lyttle

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: The objectives are:

  • (i) to replicate and enhance the WearOptimo Bayesian inference pipeline to build Bayesian hierarchical models for a collection of test circuits
  • (ii) to establish quantitative model selection criteria based on models of these test circuits
  • (iii) to replicate and enhance the Bayesian inference pipeline for a system and hierarchical models of bioimpedance for liquid electrolyte at multiple concentrations
  • (iv) to assess and validate the efficacy of the model selection criteria across both simple and complex circuits.

Supporting Sporting Knowledge Discovery with Large Language Models

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse data collection, integration and governance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can sports practitioners use LLMs to support their work?

Develop methods to video and/or numeric data interpretable/discoverable through Large Language Model (LLM) queries. Research programme would seek to extend the use of LLMs to the sports domain, and in particular to retrieve multi-modal data (i.e. video clips, physiological data) from AIS/sports organisation data warehouses and aid/support the visualisation of this data.


Characterising and Quantifying Player Performance in Wheelchair Basketball

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse Data Collection, Integration and Governance / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Penny Keats

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

Within wheelchair basketball, players are categorised based on their level of disability and are scored from [1..4.5], where 4.5 is the highest level of impairment. A team can field a maximum of “14 points”, forcing teams to field lineups with a mix of impairment levels.

  • Can advanced metrics (beyond simple box-score stats) be developed to better compare players within and across disability classifications; to better quantify the value of and expected points from shots; and to create defensive metrics?
  • How can player performance be disentangled from team performance to quantify player value?

 

Modelling cumulative physical load during performance and relationships to injury

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: In sports like Rugby, training is monitored carefully by sports scientists such that risks to injury can be reduced. In game time, performance is less constrained, heightening the risks that players might endure physical load at higher levels of risk. There is little understanding of how available data might be used to provide better information on individual player loads during a game.

  • How to mitigate risk of injury in a game by identifying a real-time measure of cumulative physical load?
  • What are the key contributing factors in physical load?
  • To what extent does a physiological baseline combined with cumulative physical load contribute to adverse outcomes?

Scanning and off-ball effort in Rugby

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  QUT

At any one point in a rugby game, only one player can be in possession of the ball, but their actions depend on what their 14 teammates and 15 opponents are doing. A line break, for instance, is not down only to the player with the ball. It may have been created by the lines other attacking players were running, or it could be prevented by the defence repositioning quickly after a ruck. Tracking this effort, or the amount of information a player takes on board before making a decision, is challenging.

  • Can we develop AI solutions to track off-ball effort?
  • Can we monitor how players scan the field?
  • Can we use this information to better assess the impact of each player on the game?

Discovering Novel Strategies with Reinforcement Learning

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Mengmeng Wu

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: How can reinforcement learning (RL) be used to discover new sporting strategies?

  • Research programme could consider a specific sport for which a rich simulation environment already exists (such as track cycling), or use a simplified simulation environment (i.e. for soccer or hockey, which captures rules and athlete limits) to discover strategies.

Profiling athlete’s throwing mechanics from video using high precision computer vision

Themes: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: Video machine learning for tracking athletic throw events – can we profile an athlete’s throwing mechanics from video and determine how/where the throw velocity is generated?

  • Developing high precision models to auto track throwing implements from a fixed video camera
  • How to apply outputs from computer vision to support coaches

AI and ML Techniques for Predicting Future Olympic and Paralympic Medal-Winning Performances: Developing reliable and accurate models to predict athlete performance and career progression

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: QUT

Sports research objective/question: The proposed research seeks to advance the understanding of Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning performances by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques. The study aims to develop sophisticated predictive models that consider the diverse categories of sports in the Olympic/Paralympic Games, including racing, judging, and head-to-head sports. By categorising sports based on their inherent characteristics and employing appropriate AI and ML approaches, this research will provide insights into the career progression of successful athletes in various sports and allow for the development of more robust frameworks with which to assess long term athlete development and performance progression.


Swimming race profiling, prediction and simulation using multivariate sensor data

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Mackenzie Parker

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop individualised race profiles to predict race time distribution given different pacing profiles
  • Map individual physiology to profiles
  • Model profiles in the context of the career trajectory of swimmers and how they might perform at the next race

Integrating state of the art methods for time-series and athlete monitoring into decision support systems and capability for applied sport practitioners

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Improving the efficacy of quantifying and understanding athletes’ performance longitudinally.
  • Improved longitudinal tracking and trend analysis.
  • Increase in application of foundational principles by Performance Support

 


Predicting performance in Olympic Racing Sports

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing/Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: La Trobe University

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Identify relevant data categories for comprehensive performance prediction. What are the key data categories that significantly influence training and competition performance in racing sports?
  • Determine the optimal data requirements for accurate performance prediction: What is the minimum amount of data required in each identified category to achieve accurate prediction of training and competition performance?

Characterising and Quantifying Player Performance in Wheelchair Basketball

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Diverse Data Collection, Integration and Governance / Personalised performance and team performance

Student: Penny Keats

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

Within wheelchair basketball, players are categorised based on their level of disability and are scored from [1..4.5], where 4.5 is the highest level of impairment. A team can field a maximum of “14 points”, forcing teams to field lineups with a mix of impairment levels.

  • Can advanced metrics (beyond simple box-score stats) be developed to better compare players within and across disability classifications; to better quantify the value of and expected points from shots; and to create defensive metrics?
  • How can player performance be disentangled from team performance to quantify player value?

Hybrid Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and The Digital Athlete (TDA) Modelling

Themes: Holistic Athlete Performance and Wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Tiri Pestrivas

Host University: QUT

Sports research objectives/questions: 

  • Focusing on aerodynamics impacted sports such as cycling, triathlon and wheelchair racing, can the Digital Twin and SuperSportFlow CFD be integrated for unified athlete performance and aerodynamic modelling? Research would assess the impact of environmental factors (heat, humidity, wind direction, etc.).
  • How can a hybrid model be used to support optimisation of athlete equipment selection and race strategy? Research would assess impact of postures (e.g., tuck when going downhill) and related physical considerations (e.g., centre of mass location for stability)
  • How can the model be extended to incorporate effects of multiple athletes such as in team pursuit?

A hard reset for cricket analysis: assessment of the current game state, its inefficiencies, and a new method to identify competitive advantage

Theme: Personalised performance and team performance

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: What are the next generation of cricket statistics and how can career profiling inform nuanced squad management in the modern game.

  • IDENTIFICATION: Identifying important and contemporary features of performance for cricket (this is inclusive of understanding how many of these measures we need to be tracking, and also understanding why they are relevant relative to performance).
  • CREATING: Is it possible to create new features that are predictive of performance in cricket?
  • PROFILING: Explore these features relative to both team and individual performance, and variations of both (i.e. what does a good partnership look like). Is it possible to build profiles around team and individual performance?
  • INCORPORATE TIME: Incorporate longitudinal and time-series components to profiling into predictive ability relative to performance (inclusive of career profiling, temporal characteristics relative to peaking in the career).

Wave forecasting at Olympic venues: complex system modelling

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student: Jonathan Sebban

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Through the collection of reliable metocean data and mathematical modelling techniques, can we improve forecasting of surf conditions at Olympic venues (Tahiti, Brisbane)?
  • Is the aforementioned method then able to calculate the number of wave-riding opportunities a surfer may have in a competitive heat using a short-range forecast of 30-60 minutes?

Performance Physiology and Data Analytics in Motorsport

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: PhD

Host University: UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: Fusing sensors on both the athlete and the (motor racing) vehicle to monitor and optimise overall performance, including:

  • On track performance
  • Career development performance

Analysis of training and racing in sprint kayak of cohort data over time: incorporating high fidelity sensor data

Theme: Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  QUT

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Understanding the effects of environmental impacts on training and race performance over time
  • Understanding the race profile characteristics of athletes over an athlete’s career

Prediction of relative hormonal environment for all common menstrual cycle ‘types’ (natural and pharmaceutically modified)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Develop an open source predictive model for individual daily female hormonal profile based on known variants, including both endogenous (natural cycle) and exogenous (medicated cycle) cycle types.
  • Develop an AI model to understand the relationship between the predicted hormonal environment and daily tracking variables: physical/psychological/emotional.

Novel 360 degree viewing widget of menstrual cycle (hormone profile vs wellbeing/recovery/performance variables)

Themes: AI for holistic athlete performance and wellbeing / Personalised performance

Student type: Honours

Host Universities:  QUT & UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How can the cyclical nature of women’s training and wellbeing data be better visualised to enhance ongoing understanding and learning?

  • Normalise female cycle data for the representation of repeated patterns.
  • Develop an open source novel 360 degree visualisation tool with easy to use viewing windows for past, present and future for optimal user experience and learning of personal traits which may be hormonally influenced in response to the individual’s hormonal profile.
  • By improving the visualisation of predictive modelling (what is likely to occur in the next viewing window) is it possible to both enhance the user experience and informed decision making regarding, recovery, performance and menstrual cycle management.

The use of photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) to improve athletic performance and reduce injury

Themes: Data driven technological innovations / Personalised Performance and Team Performance

Student type: Masters

Host University:  UNSW

Sports research objectives/questions: How significantly does Photobiomodulation (PBM light therapy) assist in athletic recovery, athletic performance and treatment of musculoskeletal injury? Research objectives are to validate affordable photobiomodulation therapies to:

  • precondition joints/muscles to prevent injury
  • precondition major muscle groups to extend athletic endurance
  • reduce DOMS by accelerating cellular recovery post-exertion
  • treat athletic musculoskeletal injuries

What makes a well run Rugby club

Theme: Improving Management of Sports Services

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions: There is a unique opportunity to grow the sport of Rugby and maximise health, wellbeing and social outcomes across Australia and Pacific regions.

  • What help makes a club successful?
  • How do we learn from this to collectively raise the standard of rugby clubs to achieve long term sustainability in the community?

The two major themes are:

  • to build capacity and capability of Rugby’s community clubs
  • to increase opportunities for participation and greater inclusion

Rugby facilities gap analysis

Theme:  Improving Management of Sports Services

Student type: PhD

Host University:  University of Technology Sydney

Sports research objectives/questions:

  • Where do we need to focus growth in facilities to prepare for tomorrow’s Australia?
  • What formats of the game work in different scenarios?