10 September 2021

New cross-disciplinary PhD course concerning technology in sport and health science

PhD course

With the PhD course “Technology in Sport and Health Science – a cross-disciplinary approach” we aim to address the opportunities as well as limitations that digitalisation can create in connection with healthier everyday life.

Denmark is the world’s leading country when it comes to societal IT-integration as 94% of all Danish citizens – aged 15 to 89 - has access to the internet. In addition, sport, exercise and health is facing a digital disruption. The availability of smartphone apps, heart rate monitors integrated in smartwatches telling you when to exercise, sleep and relax, and so much more has exploded in recent years.

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The international market for wearables and sports technology was estimated to be worth 56 billion DKR in 2018 and is expected to increase to ~195 billion DKR 2024. This emphasize the rapidly growing market and potential. Being where Danish IT infrastructure is today in combination with the large commercial market for devices provides unique opportunities to create healthier everyday life for all Danes through digital tools.

However, at present there is a lack of sufficient research that addresses the opportunities as well as limitations that digitalisation can create in connection with healthier everyday life. The vast majorities of current technologies measure one or few variables and provide the user with the results.

Embedded accelerometers and GPS provide valuable information on our power, speed, direction, step count etc. Likewise, peripheral sensors measure physiological parameters such as heart rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure. However, what is measured; result interpretation, validity, accuracy and user experience is often not based on existing research but on expected market potential.

With the PhD course “Technology in Sport and Health Science – a cross-disciplinary approach” we invite PhD students from all over Denmark as well as international students to join a 5-day course in November 2021, where we will aim to provide a space where interdisciplinarity can prosper and hopefully provide the future researchers in the areas of health, performance, modelling, software design, sociology, anthropology etc. with state-of-the-art knowledge to bridge the gap between current technological endeavours and the needs of the future.

Themes include but are not limited to physiological systems, sensors, algorithms, AI, user experience etc. In addition, the course aim to provide synergies created with interested shareholders including elite sports organizations, physicians and the industry.

​Date

15-19 November 2021.

Venue

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Norre Campus.

​Language

The course language is English.

Registration

Read more and register for the course here.
Deadline for registration / application: 15 October 2021

Course responsible

Nikolai B. Nordsborg, nbn@nexs.ku.dk ​