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Special Session on
Weather, Position and Performance data in Outdoor Sports
 - WPPDSports 2015

17 November, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal

Within the International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - icSPORTS 2015


Alessandro Pezzoli
DIST - Politecnico di Torino and Università di Torino

Brief Bio
Alessandro Pezzoli is an Assistant Professor with tenure in Meteo-Hydrology & Weather Risk Management at Turin Polytechnic and in the University of Turin. He holds BEng in Civil Engineering and MEng in Hydraulic Engineering both from the Turin Polytechnic, a MSc in Port Operations from the Italian Naval Academy and PhD in Meteorology and Oceanography from Toulon University (FRANCE). Before working as Assistant Professor with tenure in Turin Polytechnic he worked as Voluntary assistant at the Institute of Cosmo-geophysics of the C.N.R., Turin. After that he served as Officer (Lieutenant) in the Italian Navy in the Coast Guard Corps, serving at the Harbor Office of the port of Imperia. In April 1991, following the Haven oil tanker disaster in the Gulf of Liguria, seconded to the Crisis Unit of the Imperia's Prefecture (Meteorologist), also acting as Liaison Officer with the French Anti-pollution force. He was Visiting Professor in “Meteorology” for MEng course in “Marine Engineering” at Institut des Sciences de l’Ingenieur de Toulon et du Var - University of Toulon and Var (France) and Visiting Professor in “Meteorology and Oceanography” for PhD course in “Marine Engineering” at Escola Politecnica – Universidade de Sao Paolo (Brazil). Currently, he is Scientific Adviser of a very innovative Research Unit in Meteorology applied to the Sport founded in the DIST - Politecnico di Torino and Università di Torino.
Christian Finnsgård
Research, Centre for Sport and technology, Chalmers University of Technology

Brief Bio
Christian Finnsgård has master’s degrees from Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, and a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Economics. He is working for SSPA Sweden AB as a senior researcher and project manager for research projects in supply chain management, with special interests in the maritime sector. In sports, he is the director for a Centre for Sports and Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, coordinating Chalmers’ research efforts in sports. In terms of his own research efforts in sports the focus is within sailing were he also has a background as a national team member and world champion in the Star class.


As well know, performance analysis is an objective way of recording performance so that key elements of performance can be quantified in a valid and consistent manner [1].
The effect of weather and environmental conditions on sports has been extensively studied over the last few years. Most of outdoor sports activities, and endurance sports in particular, are strongly influenced by variations of meteorological parameters. Notwithstanding the conditions of the outdoor environment are often not considered when evaluating sport performance, as if they were not important, sport performance are strongly related to environmental conditions.
The aim of this Special Session is to assess how it is possible to integrate the different measures used to evaluate sport performance looking at the performance analysis in a holistic vision (Figure 1).
Is it possible to consider the timing analysis of at rowing regatta avoiding the weather data? Is it possible to consider a performance, notational and strategically analysis of a sailing regatta neglecting the weather and the environmental data? Is it possible to analyze the performance of the endurance’s athletes forgetting the weather and the environmental data? Finally how is it possible to integrate the different measures (position, environment, weather,
performance data as HRFs, power expressed by the athletes, etc…) without interfering with the athletes’ performance?
To address these and other related questions is an aim for this Special Session.

[1] Hughes M., Franck I.M., eds. (2008). The essentials of Performance Analysis. Routledge, New York, U.S.A.


Paper Submission: September 25, 2015 (expired)
Authors Notification: October 6, 2015 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: October 14, 2015 (expired)
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A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Elsevier in Human Movement Science Journal.
A short list of papers presented at the conference will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in the Sports Engineering Journal.
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ICSPORTS Symposia - WPPDSports 2015