University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Graduation Talks


Simulation and Optimization of Race-Bike Training on Realistic Tracks


Thorsten Dahmen, University Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany

date & place

Wednesday, 09.12.2009, 16:00 h
Room C252


Computer science in sports has developed as a new interdisciplinary branch of research that goes beyond pure acquisition, documentation, and distribution of physical activity data or exploiting the technological advancement for sports equipment. The Powerbike Project contributes to the subdiciplines of acquisition, processing, analysis and mining of physical and physiological performance data in endurance sports, computer-aided training control, motion analysis and information visualization.

Cycling is one of the most suitable sports to study in this area since it has an outstanding prominence both in popular and professional sports and ergometers provide an excellent opportunity to conduct experiments in a laboratory environment.

The goal of this project is to realistically simulate outdoor riding on existing tracks in the lab, extract the relevant information of a multitude of available measurement data and visualize this information for optimal training control and performance prediction.

This thesis, as a part of the Powerbike project, focuses on the simulation and optimization of race-biking on realistic tracks. Two other related PhD theses concentrate on visualization and motion analysis, respectively.