Australia and the AIS have developed an automated scoring and performance analysis system for amateur boxing.
Automated scoring for boxing technology
CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) are working together to apply CSIRO’s expertise in electronic textiles to deliver an automated scoring system for boxing and to assist in the development of a modified version of boxing called Box’Tag - a low risk form of competitive boxing.
The scoring process in amateur boxing has led to a number of problems for the sport.
The problems are largely due to the subjective nature of scoring. Additionally, in training it is difficult to competitively spar safely and provide an objective assessment of an athlete's performance.
The challenge was to develop a cost effective and well characterised automatic scoring system that could be easily manufactured, and that could deliver the correct result at the end of the bout - without limiting the performance of the athletes for training and competition.
What we have done
The automated scoring system has been used in the daily training environment by the boxing program at the AIS.
CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have developed an automated scoring and performance analysis system for amateur boxing that improves scoring objectivity.
The impact sensing system uses specially modified boxing equipment to automatically detect valid scoring impacts.
The technology has been refined through repeated lab and field trials, and via feedback from boxers, coaches and a member of the Australian International Boxing Association Referees’ and Judges’ Commission.
The impact of our work
The automated scoring system has been used in the daily training environment by the boxing program at the AIS. Boxing Australia has officially adopted Box’Tag as its national ‘community participation program’ and is committed to supporting its wider uptake.
Uptake of Box’Tag has increased since the introduction of the system, with regular use in both training and bi-monthly competitions. The system was recently used at the Police and Emergency Services Games.
Read more about our other work with the AIS in Advancing human performance: CSIRO and AIS forge a partnership.