Imperial Engineers Tackle Sports Tracking Software
In 2016 Imperial completed a project with the rapidly expanding US software company Hudl. Hudl uses image recognition to provides video review and performance analysis tools for sports teams and athletes at every level.
Project Investigator Dr. Rigas Kouskouridas and Dr. Tae-Kyun Kim used the research of the Computer Vision and Learning Lab in Imperial’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department to improve the company’s sports tracking technology. Developing new algorithms and computer software the collaboration aimed to overcome technical challenges such as gaps between observations, dynamic appearance changes of players (e.g. due to different viewpoints and light conditions) and limited resolution of images.
The Computer Vision and Learning Lab is just one part of Imperial’s Robotics research network, The Imperial Robotics Forum, which involved 21 laboratories, more than 30 principal investigators and almost 150 researchers and PhD students. As of 2016, the forum forms the largest network of its kind in Europe with capabilities covering the 4 main areas of Perception and Cognitive Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Healthcare and Assistive Robotics and Service and Vehicle Robotics.
Hudl’s technology has already proved itself wildly successful even within the semi-professional arena. The company’s strong following in American football – considered a growth industry in the US – has helped it secure USD$72.5M of investment in its most recent fund-raising round. Imperial are proud to support the development of small companies making such a big impression in the tech sphere.