Conference Summery

The Conference:

The Second “International Conference on Sports Engineering” (ICSE-2021) was recently organized by Sports Engineering Association (SEA) and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, (BITS) Pilani, Rajasthan in association with the International Sports Engineering Association, UK during 3-5 March 2021 at Jodhpur  under the auspices of The Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports, New Delhi, India.

Sports, as we know it today, can hardly be separated from technology. Transfer and integration of knowledge from a diverse discipline is required to assist sports. The interaction of young members from the sports and engineering fraternity is expected to fuel a drive towards self-reliance in sports related technology.

Theme:

The central theme of the second International conference was Sports Training and Technology. A number of research papers were presented by renowned engineering researchers as part of the conference and the pre-conference workshop, essentially showcasing their ongoing research work. They were very inspiring for our budding engineers attracting them towards research related to sports, its development and entrepreneurship.

Chief Guest:

His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh Ji II of Marwar-Jodhpur, ex member of Rajya Sabha and ex Indian High Commissioner at Trinidad and Tobago.

Guest of Honour:

Name Designation
Prof. Sudhir Kumar Barai Director BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus
Prof Santanu Choudhury Director IIT Jodhpur
Mr Akhil Kumar Olympian, Boxing

Activities:

On 3 March 2022 at The Ummed, Jodhpur




  1. Workshop I: Analyzing sports performance and fitness

  2. Panel Discussion: Perspectives of Engineering on sustainable development of sports in India

  3. Inauguration: Dignitaries present were following, who had put forward their valuable thought during the inauguration program.

    Video recorded message from H.H. Maharaja Gajsingh Ji was read out in his absence.
Name Designation
Prof. Sudhir Kumar Barai Director BITS Pilani Campus
Prof Santanu Choudhury Director IIT Jodhpur
Dr Sudhanshu Sekhar Roy Former Executive Director NSNIS Patiala
Prof. David James ISEA representative, MD Labosports
Prof. Sanjay Mittal Aerosports Deptt, IIT Kanpur
Dr Klaus Bartenietz International Coaching Consultant
Mr Ayon Sengupta Editor Sports Star
Mr Akhil Kumar Olympian, Boxing
Mr Aditya V J Iyer Sports Analyst
Prof. M S Dasgupta Prof & Conference Chair, BITS Pilani
Dr. Pintu Modak In charge Physical Education BITS, SEA Secretary

  1. Cultural Program: Open air stage performance by Rajasthani folk artist group

  2. Conference Dinner Open air Dinner, buffet service.

  3. Complimentary city tour A common bus tour of historical monuments in Jodhpur.

On 4th and 5th March 2022 at The Ummed, Jodhpur



  1. Keynote Lectures: (1) Prof. David James, (2) Prof. Sanjay Mittal
  2. Scientific Oral Presentation: 62 paper were presented
  3. Workshop II: Sports performance enhancement through Engineering (appendix III)
  4. Valedictory: Cash prizes sponsored by ISEA, UK for best paper winners were distributed.
  5. Lunch:
  6. Post conference Tour of Jodhpur monuments.Entry fees to the monuments were waived by H. H. Maharaja’s office Jodhpur.

Conference Supported By


  1. Ministry of youth affairs and sports, New Delhi
  2. Ministry of youth affairs and sports, New Delhi
  3. Ministry of youth affairs and sports, New Delhi

Technology demonstration partner & Sponsor


  1. Qualisys, India
  2. Kistler, India

Countries Represented:

India, Bhutan, UK, Germany

Resource persons:

Prof Santanu Chaudhury, (Academician EEC Engineering) Director, IIT Jodhpur
Prof Sudhirkumar Barai, (Academician Civil Engineering) Director, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus
Dr. Klaus Bartonietz, Acclaimed Biomechanist and Coach of Mr. Neeraj Chopra
Dr. David James, Guest professor, Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, & member of International Sports Engineering association, MD, Labosports, UK
Dr. Sudhanshu Shekhar Roy, (Sports Education), Former ED, NSNIS, Patiala (Pb)
Mr. Ayon Sengupta, (Sports writer) Editor, Sportstar, The Hindu Group
Mr. Akhil Kumar, (Sports person, Boxing), Deputy Superintendent of police, Haryana
Prof. Sanjay Mittal, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India
Mr. Adhitya VJ Iyer, Sports Broadcaster & Analyst, Worked with ICC, BCCI & IPL
Mr Anil Kumar, MD Great Sports Infrastructure

Income and Expenditure:

Income Expenditure Balance
Rs. 17,00,000.00 23,00,430.00 –60,0430.00

Recommendations:

Based on discussion during the conference, we have compiled the following suggestions recommended by the Panelists.

  1. Sports engineering needs to be promoted in India in order to connect engineers with sports development to have sustainable and affordable indigenous sports equipment and infrastructure.
  2. The government needs to make adequate funds available to technical institutes for research projects exclusively for sports development.
  3. Investment in research and development is needed in sports technology by engaging engineering and industry professionals to facilitate in solving sporting problems.
  4. UGC should encourage all Technical Institutes in India to develop a curriculum on Sports Engineering / Sports Technology in order to promote indigenous sports technology in India.
  5. Major business houses can be encouraged to spend their CSR budget for research on sports technology.
  6. A Research Center on Sports Technology to be setup at BITS Pilani as a central research facility on sports technology in order to provide research support to the various high performance centers around India. The research center will also have mandate to support entrepreneurship and manpower development. Students and faculty from various engineering and science disciplines will be able to pursue their projects independently in a creative atmosphere.

Expertise required for sports engineering research center:

  1. Aerodynamics
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Equipment design
  4. Wearable devices and instrumentation
  5. Material science

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