Staff, from left to right:
Gunmarie Persson, Hospitality Industry/social media
Kee Bergman, Project Manager/Market strategist
Matej Supej, Senior Supervisor/Professor
Benedikt Fasel, Case Supervisor/Doctor
Alessandro Galloppini, Performance Engineer
Marko Laaksonen, Senior Supervisor/Associate Professor
Mathias Gilgien, Case Supervisor/Associate Professor
Adam Olofsson, Programmer
Michaela Hoernfeldt, Programmer
Mads Kjaer Madsen, Internship
Lars Hallstroem, Internship
HC Holmberg, International Senior Supervisor/Professor
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180925 Last word from Mads early morning in Saas Fee!

180925Today was the last day in Switzerland and the last day of measurements with Ski Team Sweden. We were at the gondola at 5:30 am to have the final three skiers tested. Despite of the early hours all measurements were good[]

180925Today was the last day in Switzerland and the last day of measurements with Ski Team Sweden. We were at the gondola at 5:30 am to have the final three skiers tested. Despite of the early hours all measurements were good and we are looking forward to analyze these!
P.S. with a morning view like this, who can complain about early hours 😉

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180924 Last days of tests for our crew in Saas Fee with Ski Team Sweden! (Mads seems pretty popular so we add a solo pic with him in it)

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180924 Our case team at work in Switzerland and Norway!

Top: Mads in test session with the alpine athlete Tobias and his coach.
Bottom: Lars and Frederic Meyer (seems to always be eating:-)
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Top: Mads in test session with the alpine athlete Tobias and his coach.
Bottom: Lars and Frederic Meyer (seems to always be eating:-)
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180922 Snowboardcase on water:-)

Our US R&D student Lars got the opportunity to take a break with a fishing tour Saturday evening – on the dangerous waters in Norway! We hope to see you again!Lars

Our US R&D student Lars got the opportunity to take a break with a fishing tour Saturday evening – on the dangerous waters in Norway! We hope to see you again!Lars

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180921 How do you measure the performance of an alpine athlete to get more gold medals? Check out our on-going field work in Switzerland!

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How do we get more medals?
Pictures from Saas Fee and our field tests at Ski Team Swedens training camp, professor Matej Supej on the slope assisted by Alessandro and Mads. Scroll down and our performance engineer Alessandro will[]

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How do we get more medals?
Pictures from Saas Fee and our field tests at Ski Team Swedens training camp, professor Matej Supej on the slope assisted by Alessandro and Mads. Scroll down and our performance engineer Alessandro will explain to you what we are doing.

From the 20th to the 25th of September, our team will be performing measurements on the Swiss slopes of Saas Fee. Our goal is to provide the skiers of the Swedish alpine team a tool to analyse and evaluate their performance during trainings – this can make them better (read; more medals!).
Are you a skier yourself? Have you ever wondered how to measure a skier’s technique? Our team uses different technological solutions (GNSS, IMUs and pressure insoles) to provide information about a skier’s kinematics and dynamics.

The GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), which is very similar to your smartphone’s GPS, makes use of an antenna, which receives radio signals from satellites orbiting around the Earth. The antenna, that we chose to place on the skier’s back protector, uses these signals to estimate the position and speed of the skier. Data are then sent via Bluetooth to a tablet and stored in it’s memory. Our system, unlike the most common GPS devices, is very particular: it allows us to get very accurate data (within 1-2 centimeter accuracy) at a high rate (a measurement is taken every 50 milliseconds)! These features are essential for us: in alpine skiing, movements are extremely fast and even small differences make a big difference in high-level competitions.

IMUs (inertial measurement units) consist of accelerometers and gyroscopes that measure, respectively accelerations and angular velocities. Some words can be complicated if you are not used to them but these data allow us to calculate the sensor’s orientation and position in the space. When an IMU is attached to a body segment, the orientation and position of the segment itself is estimated. The Xsens suit that we are using consists of 17 IMUs (one for each body segment considered in the model) attached to a Lycra suit and allows to build a full-body biomechanical model of the skier, providing information about their technique.

Finally, pressure insoles look like normal insoles, but contain a flexible and thin sensor that measures the force between the foot and the ski boot. An estimation of forces acting on the forefoot and the heel are provided separately, allowing to get information about the skier’s posture. Moreover, asymmetries can be detected if the skier tends to put more weight on one side compared to the other. An app allows to see data in real-time and store them.
The final step for our team is to analyse the collected data and present them in such a way that athletes can make the best out of them and improve their performance in competition!

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180920 Mads in Saas Fee, Switzerland! More to come about fieldtests to gain more gold medals for our alpine teams!

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180917 Ready for Switzerland and Norway – leaving this week!

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We are ready to leave for exciting work in Switzerland with the Swedish alpine team and in Norway to work on our snowboard case – we will keep you posted! Below some pictures from our office in Aare preparing[]

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We are ready to leave for exciting work in Switzerland with the Swedish alpine team and in Norway to work on our snowboard case – we will keep you posted! Below some pictures from our office in Aare preparing our upcoming week.
/Mads, Alessandro and Lars.
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180913 New Apple FDA-Grade Heart Rate Monitor – wearable!

I was watching CNN yesterday – very interesting – Apples new watch has a lot of features for health monitoring and easy access for both professional health care staff and the individual.
Funny that this happens right now when we at Mid Sweden University, together with Umea University,  will be involved in developing a holistic system for health monitoring that includes wearables.

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I was watching CNN yesterday – very interesting – Apples new watch has a lot of features for health monitoring and easy access for both professional health care staff and the individual.
Funny that this happens right now when we at Mid Sweden University, together with Umea University,  will be involved in developing a holistic system for health monitoring that includes wearables.

“The ability to access health data on an on-demand ECG is game changing, especially when evaluating atrial fibrillation and irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure or other related complications,” Ivor Benjamin, President American Heart Association says to the website Sportteckie.
The watch will also monitor irregularities in a user’s heart rate behind the scenes and alert them if something seems alarmingly off.
The enhanced medical features of the watch come as athletes and their coaches increasingly rely on trackers to monitor health. Heart conditions have sidelined, and in a few cases killed, professional and collegiate athletes in the past.

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180912 Breaking borders and world records with our science – in Newton Lab, Milan, Italy! And I met Christian…

Christian, the skier, was very patient, keeping his position still inside the wind tunnel and allowing us to repeat the test several times. I can imagine why he was so focused:
Christian, who has had one of his legs amputated when he was 5 years old, is dreaming of breaking a world record, reaching the maximum speed possible skiing on one leg. The current record is 210 km/h, but[]

Christian, the skier, was very patient, keeping his position still inside the wind tunnel and allowing us to repeat the test several times. I can imagine why he was so focused:
Christian, who has had one of his legs amputated when he was 5 years old, is dreaming of breaking a world record, reaching the maximum speed possible skiing on one leg. The current record is 210 km/h, but Christian is not afraid at all of these speeds!

Meeting Christian left me really touched. I wish him to realize his dream!
Below you can see Christian during our tests.

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Field tests are always very interesting: they are an opportunity to test equipment, to see how it performs and to work on the field!
Yesterday has been one of the most exciting days I have had as a performance engineer, so far.
Newton Lab, in Milan, is a stimulating environment for an engineer (and for anybody who is interested in science and technology). Here, they conduct tests to assess the mechanical performance of helmets for skiing, cycling, boxing etc, but also ballistic tests and safety tests for seats used in rallying and formula one. The team at Newton is very professional and kind: thank you for welcoming us in your lab!

As I wrote in my previous post, the reason why we travelled to Milan Lab was to assess and compare the aerodynamics of different skiing and cycling helmets. Their wind tunnel is fully equipped with cameras, screens, load cells and many other types of sensors. These allow to assess the resistance that a body opposes to the air flow and analyse any turbulence effect that could occur, at different wind speeds. The measurements were performed both with a human skier and with a sensorized dummy’s head, able to map the pressure distribution and acoustic noise due to the wind.
No we are waiting for all data so that we can analyze it – meanwhile I am taking the plane back to Sweden:-)

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180910 A travel into aerodynamics

Today, while I was flying to Milan, I saw a lot of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport and I was particularly interested in their shape, designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.
To study aerodynamics is the reason why I now travel back to my home country Italy: Better aerodynamics means higher speed, and speed is what skiers are looking for! Tomorrow our team will be working[]

Today, while I was flying to Milan, I saw a lot of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport and I was particularly interested in their shape, designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.
To study aerodynamics is the reason why I now travel back to my home country Italy: Better aerodynamics means higher speed, and speed is what skiers are looking for! Tomorrow our team will be working in the wind tunnel in Milano to test unique ski helmets: the wind tunnel will allow us to simulate different wind conditions and assess the performance of the helmets.
Stay tuned on our blog if you want to know more about these exciting tests!

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180904 Fresh pics: Students at our office and R&D Aare Centre of Excellence!

After a late dinner in our office yesterday, today was the first day for our students.
If you know the Swedish language you can read more about it if you click on “Gunmarie testar”, otherwise – it can be worth learning the language as we will keep on breaking borders and you want to know, believe me:-)
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Students carrying bags, students having a walk through of[]

After a late dinner in our office yesterday, today was the first day for our students.
If you know the Swedish language you can read more about it if you click on “Gunmarie testar”, otherwise – it can be worth learning the language as we will keep on breaking borders and you want to know, believe me:-)
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Students carrying bags, students having a walk through of our project were they will also learn about the whole picture from science to market, students in the R&D environment together with the alpine athletic director and athletes, students taking on some of the equipment….they went to bed early after it.

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180903 Live from Aare! Students arriving now!

Welcome to Sweden!
Today we have picked up two of our internships at the airport in Aare/ Ostersund. This is Lars Hallstrom from USA and Mads Kjaer Madsen from Denmark – and they seem to be very happy to join us:-)
Fully equipped with gear for Winter sports and science!
Tomorrow a few more students will arrive in Aare were we are having a get together. Kee[]

Welcome to Sweden!
Today we have picked up two of our internships at the airport in Aare/ Ostersund. This is Lars Hallstrom from USA and Mads Kjaer Madsen from Denmark – and they seem to be very happy to join us:-)
Fully equipped with gear for Winter sports and science!
Tomorrow a few more students will arrive in Aare were we are having a get together. Kee will go through the project goals and after that we will get straight into case work.
Also check my Swedish blog post inside “Gunmarie Testar”.

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