Section: Highlights of the Year

Highlights of the Year

Members of the MimeTIC team / M2S laboratory carried out a PIA3 EUR (Ecole Universitaire de Recherche) project (DIGISPORT project) for the University of Rennes, which brings together the universities and Grandes Ecoles of the Rennes site. This project, with a total budget of €86 million, is funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to the tune of €5.9 million. The objective of DIGISPORT is to create a unique graduate school of international excellence in interdisciplinary training and research in digital sport sciences. This project aims to offer students in initial and continuing training an opportunity to build a study strategy suited to their professional goals and to the labor market. The digital revolution in sports and exercise is indeed already underway, at the confluence of the fast-growing markets of sport (€80 billion worldwide) and digital technology and connected objects (€207 billion worldwide). It leads to the emergence of new professions at the interface of these domains requiring skills in sports science, digital, electronics, and human and social sciences. Currently, education system is not designed to train this type of multi-skilled and agile students able to integrate an evolving labor market. DIGISPORT aims to link and structure training courses and research to promote a transversal approach uniting teaching and research staff around the new discipline of digital sport science and to address the new skills generated by the entry of sport into the digital age. The EUR will provide a coordinated training offer, from masters to doctoral level, that is resolutely interdisciplinary and strongly linked to research and innovation.

Based on previous scientific results in dynamic motion analysis, MimeTIC has developed an efficient software platform to carry-out biomechanical analysis based on motion capture data. "Customizable Toolbox for Musculoskeletal simulation" (CusToM) was delivered as an open source software available on a repository (https://github.com/anmuller/CusToM) and documented in [22]. CusToM is a MATLAB toolbox aiming at performing inverse dynamics-based musculoskeletal analyzes. This type of analysis is essential to access mechanical quantities of human motion in different fields such as clinic, ergonomics and sports. CusToM exhibits several features. It can generate a personalized musculoskeletal model, and can solve from motion capture data inverse kinematics, external forces estimation, inverse dynamics and muscle forces estimation problems with a high level of customization for research purposes. It is also designed for non-expert users interested in motion analysis. CusToM is an OpenSource Software available with no restriction.

The Immersia VR platform has celebrated its 20 years of existence at Inria Rennes/IRISA center, within the “20ans d’Immersia” event (November 2019).