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“AI technology will help to make Fair Judgement for All Athletes”

Hello every one. I am Kotaro Okada, new comer from Fujitsu Limited
from May 2019.
This is the very first time to show you my column, and I hope you
enjoy it.

When I was a high-school student, I was a judo-wrestler, but as an
audience, my favorite sports are social dancing and figure skating
that mixed with high technique and high artistry.

Especially, I was getting a big fan of figure skating after watching
really impressive legendary exhibition “Bolero” performed by Jayne
Torvill & Christopher Dean, the great British champion couple at the
winter Olympic game on Lillehammer 1994.
(They got 9 perfect score at artistic impression from all judge on
Sarajevo Olympic game 1984. After their 10 years retirement, they came
back as Olympian and got the bronze medal at Lillehammer Olympic game)

But recently, I have not been able to enjoy watching my favorite
figure skating for these 10 years.
Because I could not feel the “Fairness”, the most important ideals
on every sport, in figure skating.

I am not a professional judge but I kept watching figure skating for
quarter of century.
I can appreciate six kinds of jump and difficulty of deep edge for
skating skills, positioning, spirals, spins, and steps.
There are so many unreasonable scores that professional judges made.
I do not want to see any tears in vexation that athletes shed on Kiss
& Cry.

Judges are needed to mark not only technical score but also artistic
score as for the artistic gymnastics, figure skating, social dancing
at the competition. The judge must digitize both by the same
performance in short time. It is very serious for the judges.

I believe, the Innovation of a sensing technology and the AI
(Artificial Intelligence) technology will help the judges to make a
fair judgement.

ICT-based judging support system with 3D sensing technology for
artistic gymnastics that is adopted by The International Gymnastics
Federation will reduce the undue overhead of judges and will help to
make real time judgement with accuracy,
This 3D sensing technology oscillates many lasers on the scale of
about 2 million points per second, detects the reflected light, and
calculates the distance to the target object for each point to obtain
the 3D shapes of the object. It then recognizes the joint positions
from this shape, calculates hands and feet positions, bending of
joints, etc., and finally compares those results with model data of
human movement in a database to derive differences in movement. In
this way, it becomes possible to check body positions and angles as
numerical data and to conduct analysis from all directions, 360
degrees around the target in a judging support application, which were
difficult to achieve with ordinary camera images.

Currently, ICT-based judging support system with 3D sensing technology
is adopted by only 4 events (pommel horse, rings, men’s vault,
women’s vault). This technology still has many challenges. For
example 3D sensor is not good at checking wide area like the floor
exercises but technical problem will be solved with innovation.
I believe, finally this ICT-based judging support system with 3D
sensing technology will make all athletes smile with fairness.

Fair Judgement for All Athletes


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