Can a computer replace a judge in acrobatic sports (like gymnastics)? - ON-172

Preferred Disciplines: Software engineering (Masters or PhD)
Company: AcroDynamix Inc.
Project Length: 6 months (1 unit), with potential for extentions up to two years
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Mississauga, ON and Saskatoon, SK
No. of Positions: 3
Preferences: None

About the Company: 

AcroDynamix is a canadian start-up company with primary goal to reduce subjectivity in acrobatic sports, starting with trampoline. AcroDynamix is working with olympic gymnasts to develop high performance training and judging tools. 

Project Description:

Objective: Develop a digital judging machine for acrobatic sports using a laser depth camera (currently using Intel’s Realsense D435). Research involves creating a 3D skeletal model of the athlete and testing the precision and accuracy of the model in different conditions. Research also involves developing an algorithm that can take the sequence of movement of the 3D skeleton as input and output a scores based on four judging components. Lastly, compare the judging ability of the software to judges in competition setting. 

Research Objectives:

  • Develop a reliable 3D skeletal model of athlete
  • Develop judging algorithm
  • Compare digital judging system to judges during competition 


Develop and test the digital judging system.

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Experience with object recognition / computer vision techniques
    • Experience coding in a C based language or Java (Preferably C#)
    • Previous research with atheletes or in kinesiology an asset

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects
    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform; or directly to Wilfred de Vega.