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Rowing Reimagined

17 mei 2023



On June 1st, the “Rowing Reimagined Symposium” was organized by AISS in collaboration with the University of Twente. The focal point of this gathering was the world’s first multi-person Virtual Reality rowing platform.

Experts from various fields, including coordination dynamics, interactive technology, and movement sciences, as well as a CEO from a rowing ergometer manufacturer, shared their insights on learning and performance in the context of rowing.

Dr. Laura Cuijpers, assistant professor at the University of Groningen, presented her work on interpersonal coordination in rowing. Dr Cuijpers dived into factors that enable rowers to move in unison and be in perfect sync.

Dr Cuijpers her talk was followed by a presentation of Jan Lammers, CEO of RP3 Rowing, on the design and development of the RP3 rowing simulator. Lammers reflected on the potential of the RP3 to fulfil the role of coach in rowing practice.

Jordi Weldink followed up with his presentation on the design and development of a virtual reality training platform for crew rowing. Weldink shared his knowledge on the creation of virtual words, connecting humans from all over the world, and providing flexible and adaptive feedback.

The final presentation of the day was given by dr. Yannick Hill, assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Dr Hill provided an expose of the potential that the “Rowing Reimagined” platform offers in terms of rowing research and practice.

The symposium concluded with a poster session where students from the University of Twente and the Vrije Universiteit presented their diverse projects with the Virtual Reality rowing platform. The symposium was well attended by a mixture of industry professionals, scientists, and rowing enthusiasts.

The speakers

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