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SYDE Professor use MapleSim to help Team Canada Olympians

Monday, January 14, 2019

Use of technology in the world of sports is improving at a rapid rate. New types of data, coupled with advanced engineering tools, allow for more in-depth analysis of the human body as it pertains to specific movements and tasks. As a result, motions can be refined and equipment improved to help athletes maximize their abilities and performance. John McPhee, a professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW), has overseen several studies on the motor function of Paralympic athletes. McPhee, who focuses on modelling the interactions between athletes and their equipment to maximize athletic performance, relies on MapleSim in his research and project development. MapleSim allows his team to explore millions of design possibilities to determine the ideal solution for each subject. Read more