8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017
Name: Prof. Dr. Arnold Baca
Position: Head, Department of Biomechanics/Kinesiology and Applied Computer Science
Address: Centre for Sport Science and University Sports, University of Vienna, Auf der Schmelz 6A, 1150 Wien, Austria
Professor Baca earned the Engineering Diploma in Computer Science and the Ph.D. from the Technical University Vienna. In 1998 he completed the Habilitation in “Applied Computer Science in Biomechanics and Kinesiology” at the University of Vienna. Since 2008 he is Full Professor at the Department of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Applied Computer Science (Institute of Sport Science) at the University of Vienna. He has been President of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport from 2007-2013 and is now Honorary President of this association. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the e-Journal "International Journal of Computer Science in Sport", is member of the editorial or advisory board of eight international journals and reviewer of numerous national and foreign scientific journals, such as Journal of Biomechanics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology. In 1999, he organized the 2nd International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport, in 2016 he was President of the 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Arnold Baca has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and 7 books. His current research activity focuses on Computer Science Applied to Biomechanics, Ubiquitous Computing in Sports and Exercise, Multimedia and Information Systems in Sports, Biomechanics of Rowing and Game Analysis.
Wearable and Apps in Exercise and Sport – Potential and Risks
Wearable technologies are among the most important fitness trends. These computer-based technologies are worn on the human body or head and are characterized by wireless connection technologies and a high degree of miniaturization. Application software ("apps") are computer programs designed for executing predefined functions. Due to the growing spread of smartphones, mobile apps enjoy a continuous increase in popularity. A huge number of wearables and health related apps are currently available. The multitude of different applications makes it nearly impossible to become familiar with all of them. These new technologies provide means for collecting and analyzing health and physical activity- related data (e.g. walking distances, steps, heart rate, skin temperature) and enable to diagnose or monitor several kinds of diseases over a long period of time without any additional input. Problems with acceptance rates, validation progresses and data security have to be mentioned and considered. Given the stupendous socio-economic benefits of these technologies, there is a strong presumption that they will become an increasingly common part of our daily lives. Besides addressing general issues of these developments, recent application examples implemented from the presenters working group will be shown.