October 21 and 27, 2020

Wearable Technology In Education

with Dr Jason Konrath

About this webinar

Over the last decade, we've seen a huge influx in the use of wearable technologies, from wristwatches to wearable devices, creating vast amounts of data on movement. Measuring human movement allows us to build solutions in applications spanning medical, sport, ergonomics and military to name a few. Already widely used in animation productions, elite athletes now use motion sensors to enhance their performance and sports enthusiasts to improve their tennis serve or golf swing. In healthcare, wearable tech is helping people to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns and fitness levels.

Our physical, biological and technological worlds are merging like never before, and the potential of wearable technologies is only restricted by the extent of our imagination. This ground-breaking technology is opening the possibilities for entrepreneurs and innovators to transform their own industries. Recent developments in body-worn inertial motion trackers such as the Xsens DOT, allow an affordable and yet highly accurate method of measuring human motion, with strong ecological validity.

To enable new generations of students with this powerful tool, we've created a teaching curriculum that has been developed under the syllabus of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), to achieve many educational outcomes across Biomechanics, Sports Science and STEM-based subjects. The curriculum incorporates a theoretical framework describing several important concepts across STEM and Biomechanics. It then provides practical lessons for students to work with the technology to enhance understanding. Finally, field-based assignments can be performed to enhance student’s ability to collect, analyse and report data, with assessment criteria provided. Collectively, this allows a robust educational framework to provide students with a real-life feel for a career in STEM.

In this webinar we will talk about wearable technologies and how they can be a valuable tool for academics. We will also present the curriculum that will be available for education and research professionals to use in their research or integrate into educational programs.



Dr Jason Konrath holds PhD in Biomechanics from Griffith University and a degree in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Western Australia. He is an expert in Biomechanics with a strong background in sensor-based motion capture and musculoskeletal modeling, using computational models to estimate muscle forces and joint contact forces during human locomotion. He has advised many sporting teams from all over the world for elite performance and injury prevention. 

Arun Vydhyanathan will be facilitating the session with Jason. Arun is Business Manager for Wearable Sensors and Director Engineering for the Xsens Shanghai team. Arun joined Xsens in March 2008, and prior to his current role, he has been involved in developing multi-sensor fusion algorithms and leading technical developments for the Xsens product lines. Arun holds a M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University, USA.