Science Knight Out

Science Knight Out

Boosting Performance and Improving Human Health

How Wearable Sensors and Machine Learning are Changing the Game

Dr. Michael Hahn

Director, Bowerman Sports Science Center 
Professor of Human Physiology 
Associate Director, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Oregon

Wednesday, May 1,  | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Shedd Institute | 868 High St. | Eugene, OR 

What can we learn about human performance and injury prevention from wearable sensors? These low-profile, wireless instruments are enabling sports scientists like Mike Hahn to crack the code on athletic performance. When combined with machine learning, sensors are improving performance and resilience for athletes around the world. 
"This blend of technology development and problem solving makes me excited to go to work every day in the Bowerman Sports Science Center," says Dr. Hahn, a biomechanics specialist whose research is focused on lower limb musculoskeletal biomechanics, injury prevention and performance enhancement. 
In his talk, Dr. Hahn, who also serves as associate director of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Oregon, demonstrated how new sensor technologies and the use of machine learning algorithms are helping to train faster runners and more nimble soccer players — and changing the game for players in all sports. He explored questions of athletic performance and how new innovations in sports science are making a broader impact on human health.

Stay tuned on this page for the full event recording, coming soon!


Portrait of Mike Hahn

Science Knight Out is a community science lecture that is open to the public and is sponsored by the University of Oregon Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. The annual event supports the mission of the Knight Campus of science advancing society and the goal of engaging the public in the excitement and creativity of scientific research.

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