ESSI Symposium

November 2, 2017

The Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI) is a unique research initiative managed by the U-M Office of Research and Athletic Department. We will provide attendees with a full day of talks and panel discussions related to healthy aging and healthy communities, sport technology R&D, AR/VR in sport, data analytics, and injury prevention. This event provides an opportunity to network and discuss the latest trends and innovations in sport science. The symposium is intended primarily for industry guests and U-M faculty, researchers, clinicians, and staff who do work related to exercise and sport science.

Junge Family Champions Center at Michigan Stadium
333 E. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States

If you have questions, please contact:
Lisa Rabaut


8:00-8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Rebecca Cunningham, MD, Associate Vice-President for Research, Health Sciences, University of Michigan
  • Warde Manuel, MSW, MBA – Director of Athletics, University of Michigan
  • Martin Philbert, PhD – Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan

8:45-9:45 am Healthy Individuals and Communities—Moderated by Natalie Colabianchi, PhD, Associate Professor of Health and Fitness, School of Kinesiology

Panel Discussion

  • Ashley Weigl, MSW, MPH – Associate Director, Health Risk Reduction Services, MHealthy
  • Neil Alexander, MD, MS – Ivan Duff M.D. Collegiate Professor of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology, Medical School
  • Saffron Technology – Walt Gall, PhD, Vice President of Healthcare & Strategic Partnerships
  • NuStep – Steve Sarns, VP of Sales and Marketing, NuStep

Case Study

  • Cristine Agresta, PhD – Co-Director of the Michigan Performance Research Laboratory (injury prevention and maintaining mobility)

9:45-10:05 MCubed: Research Incubation Across Disciplines—Introduction by Wendy Palms, MCubed Associate Director

  • James Eckner, MD – Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School
    • Developing a new “gold standard” wearable head impact sensor
  • Kathryn Heinze, PhD – Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology
    • Examining professional sport and healthcare partnerships

10:05-10:15 am Break

10:15-11:00 am Panel Discussion – Trends in the Sports Industry, including sports start-ups, market research, and the latest innovations

  • Sports Innovation Lab – Brian Reilly, BA, Director of Product and Lead Analyst in the Quantified Athlete Sector, Sports Innovation Lab
  • Nike – Ray Browning, PhD, Senior Director, Applied Footwear Research
  • Mark Rosentraub, PhD, Bickner Chair of Kinesiology and Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology
  • Stadia Ventures – Art Chou, MS, Managing Director

11:00-11:45 am Panel Discussion – Challenges & Opportunities in Sporting Equipment – Moderated by Ellen Arruda, ESSI Co-Director, Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering

  • Stephanie Hooker, PhD, Acting Deputy Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Steve Broglio, PhD, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology, Medical School
  • Triple 8 Distribution – Bobby Oppenheim, BBA, President

11:45-12:15 pm The Real-World Impact of Student Research

  • Geoff Burns, Kinesiology Doctoral Student, Michigan Performance Research Laboratory – Running assessments
  • Josh Zimmerman, Political Science Undergraduate Student and Student Manager of U-M Baseball – Sport analytics
  • Michael Jocz, Recent U-M Master of Science Graduate in Mechanical Engineering – Designing a helmet to more effectively prevent concussion

12:15-1:00 pm Lunch, including Michigan Sports Analytics Society Poster Session and U-M start-up presentations

1:00-1:15 pm A Coach’s Perspective

  • John Beilein, MS – U-M Men’s Varsity Basketball Head Coach

1:15-2:15 pm Cutting-edge Sport Science: ESSI-funded Interdisciplinary Research

  • Cathy Goldstein, MD – Mobile Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Assessment for Enhanced Athletic Performance
  • Rich Gonzalez, PhD – Development of a Multi-level, Systems-based Model for Injury Resiliency at the Individual and Team Level in Collegiate Running Sports
  • L. Jay Guo, PhD – Simultaneous, Real-time Biometric Feedback for Athletes in Motion and Their Coaches
    • A Coach’s Perspective: Mike Bottom, MS, U-M Men’s and Women’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Head Coach
  • Steve Oney, PhD – End-User Techniques for Aggregating and Analyzing Exercise & Physical Data
  • Mark Peterson, PhD – Determining the Effects of Objectively-measured Physical Activity on Circuit Specific Brain Aging in a Massive Multi-Modal Neuroimaging Community Sample

2:15-2:25 pm Break

2:25-3:10 pm Panel Discussion – Research, Technologies, and Analytics in Professional Sports–Moderated by Darryl Conway, Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Health and Welfare

  • Bryan Campbell, MBA –Director of Statistical Analysis and Hockey Administration, Detroit Red Wings
  • David Whiteside, PhD – Principal Sport Scientist, New York Yankees
  • Doug Whaley, BSBA – Senior Sports Business Advisor, Impellia; Former General Manager, Buffalo Bills
  • Pat Garrity, MBA – Associate General Manager, Detroit Pistons

3:10-3:55 pm Panel Discussion – Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Sport—Moderated by Joanna Millunchick, PhD, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Presidential Bicentennial Professor, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

  • Pete Bodary, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology
  • Thomas Finholt, PhD, Dean and Professor of Information, School of Information
  • Microsoft – Don Gillett, BS, Partner Architect

3:55-4:00 pm Final Remarks by Ron Zernicke, PhD, DSc, Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medical School

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