September 7 – 10 , 2008, Dagstuhl Seminar 08372

Computer Science in Sport - Mission and Methods


Arnold Baca (Universität Wien, AT)
Martin Lames (Universität Augsburg, DE)
Keith Lyons (Australian Institute of Sport, AU)
Bernhard Nebel (Universität Freiburg, DE)
Josef Wiemeyer (TU Darmstadt, DE)

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From September 7 to 10, 2008 about 30 experts from computer science and sport science (see Appendix B) met at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik in Dagstuhl to discuss interdisciplinary issues in the area of computer science in sport. Five topics were selected for discussion (see Appendix A): doping, modeling and simulation, pervasive computing, robotics and sport technology. A total of 17 presentations dealt with selected projects and issues in the above‐mentioned fields.

  • Doping – an individual decision or a social phenomenon?
  • Modeling and simulation – between reduction and abundance
  • Robotics – two directions of transfer: from humans to robots and back
  • Pervasive computing – technology meets human needs
  • Sport technology – the view of practice
  • Mission statement


The seminar proved that both sides (computer science and sport science) can profit from informal exchange. The participants emphasized that this was the salient outcome of the seminar. On the other hand, many issues have been addressed only shortly without having time to go into depth.terdisciplinary field of study of computer science in sport.

The evaluation of the seminar showed that the seminar

  • inspired new ideas for further work (research, development or teaching),
  • inspired joint projects, joint development, or joint publications,
  • led to insights from neighboring fields or communities and
  • identified new research directions.

The most important strengths of the seminar were open discussions, breadth of topics and participants, and quality of presentations. The seminar can be improved by reserving even more time for discussions and a more stringent organization of presentations and schedule.

Finally, there was a clear consensus of the participants to continue this kind of exchange.

Dagstuhl Seminar Series


  • Interdisciplinary:Sport
  • Interdisciplinarity / Research Programs / Integration


  • Mission of computer science in sport
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Computerized game and performance analysis in sport
  • Sport events
  • Computer-supported training


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