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Dr. Ross Anderson

Biography

Senior Lecturer (Biomechanics) University of Limerick, Limerick

Lecture to undergraduate students from Sport & Exercise Sciences, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Engineering on a variety of topics based around biomechanics. Modules delivered include SS4304, SS4305, SS4023, SS4408, SS4407, SS4507, SS4508, SS4308, SS4318

  • Successfully connect my research profile with undergraduate students resulting in effective learning and engagement from the students in the wider context of sports biomechanics.
  • Effectively supervise numerous final year project students on the Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc.
  • Engaged with the UL module evaluation programme (Centre for Teaching and Learning) for all modules I coordinate and achieve above average ratings in all elements
  • Implementation of novel teaching methodologies (ICT & others) to all years with special focus on 1st year students
  • Actively seek research funding based around teaching methodologies and improvement of same
  • Engagement with the UL Centre for Teaching & learning to advance my skill base as an educator
  • Member of the development team for the new MSc Human/Sports Performance – Start Jan 2012
  • Active Contributor – PESS Research Forum, PESS Strategic Plan, PESS Dept Review, & all other PESS Fora.
  • International Student Coordinator – PESS Department (UL), September 2002 – September 2006

Assistant Dean – Academic Affairs, Education & Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick (2010 - 2016)

  • As an effective member of the Faculty Management Team, I provide strong academic leadership and overall management direction for the Faculty of Education & Health Sciences within the context of the University and Faculty strategic plans. I take lead responsibility for the development and successful delivery of cross-faculty initiatives.
  • I have successfully assisted the Executive Dean of EHS in the strategic management of the faculty by providing leadership in the development and effective implementation of policies, procedures, practices and targets in relation to academic affairs and by assuming appropriate cross-faculty management responsibilities.
  • I have successfully facilitated and supported programme delivery within EHS within guidelines established by statutory bodies (i.e. Governing Authority and Academic Council) and other bodies with delegated authority, such as Executive Committee, Management Council and other executive decision-making bodies within the University.
  • I am an active contributor to University committees and undertake representative roles on behalf of the Faculty within and outside the University. I also deputise, as required, for the Executive Dean
  • During my tenure as Assistant Dean – Academic Affairs (EHS) I take a strong interest in Faculty policies in an attempt to promote a level of fairness and transparency within EHS and to align the Faculty with the aims and objectives outlined in Pioneering & Connected.

Research Interests

  • Co-founder of the Biomechanics Research Unit (BRU) within UL - BRU has an excellent track record in research with €1.14 million of funding, 29 collaborators, 56 Journal Papers, 127 Conference Papers, 1 book, 13 current postgraduate students, 26 graduates at PG level, and 2125 delegate days of conferences.
  • Expertise in the area of movement variability in sport; specifically the technology and algorithms underpinning the measurement and application of results to the athlete/patient
  • Other areas of research include – biofeedback and its uses in sport, wireless technology and communications in sport and medicine, data-logging in sport, and more generally the application of engineering to sport and medicine

Teaching Interests

Teaching Philosophy - I recognise that becoming an excellent university educator is a continuing life-long professional challenge and also understand that teaching is both art and science. To aid my development as an effective educator I have developed an educational ethos based on the following principles –

  • Formative evaluation
  • Presentation of new information to fit differences in learning styles
  • Formulation of questions that foster engagement and confidence
  • Promotion of mutually beneficial communication by reflective listening
  • Fostering of active, constructive participation
  • The assignment of formal cooperative tasks
  • Offer support to learner actions with well-timed and encouraging positives
  • To promote a logical agreement of goals and objectives, flowing to measures of performance, criteria, and grading between faculty and student
  • To facilitate mutual awareness of how one learns to learn
  • And finally to provide the student with the skills to take the lead and reflect upon their learning

I feel that having initially developed and regularly referencing this ethos, it assists me in my aim to become an excellent and effective university educator. Having attended a number of courses offered within UL by the Teaching and Learning Office, I am continually trying to develop novel approaches to the education of our students and further curriculum development. My educational ability has continued to improve throughout my time here at UL, and I will hopefully continue this trend.


Feedback on Teaching
– I have continually sought feedback on my teaching and developed a new version of the PESS module evaluation form in 1999. I have used this constantly throughout the past 10 years (see section 3.1) to enable me to benchmark between different year-groups. The response rates for this analysis mode are higher than module evaluations I have undertaken via CTL. As a result I feel that this is a valid method to get feedback from the student cohort to make changes to a course. The CTL assessments I have undertaken allow me to benchmark across campus but I don't feel this is necessary (or possible given CTL resources) on an annual basis.

Engagement with CTL Initiatives – I have engaged with the centre for Teaching & learning on all levels to improve my teaching. I regularly attend the CTL lunchtime sessions and half day seminars and find these useful to try new ideas or reinforce current practice. I have had my teaching externally assessed though a videotaped lecture when offered as a service by CTL and found the feedback useful and resultantly altered my presentation style.

Engagement with CTL through AD-AA Role – as EHS AD-AA I chair the EHS Teaching & Learning committee. It was felt imperative that this committee engaged with CTL where possible. As such we have an ex-offico member from CTL on the committee. The EHS T&L committee engages with CTL initiatives and I support and market these to EHS academic staff. The student engagement with the CTL module assessment and UL Exit Report has resultantly increased in AY 11-12.

Professional Activities

Employment

  • 2012 University of Ulster - External Examiner - Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc
  • 2002 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 1997 Grampian Healthcare, ARI, Aberdeen - Biomedical Engineer
  • 1997 University fo Limerick - Juniour Lecturer

Committee

  • 2010 Elected Board Member - International Society of Biomechanics in Sport,
  • 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Nominations Committee 2010,
  • 2002 Physical Education Video Project – Steering Committee (Dept of Educ.),

Association

  • 2009 Member of the Board of Directors, International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
  • 2002 Member, International Society of Sports Engineering
  • 2000 Member, European College of Sport Sciences
  • 1991 Member, Institute of Physics

Education

  • 2002 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1997 University of Aberdeen - M.Sc.
  • 1995 The Robert Gordon University - B.Sc.

Publications

Book Chapters

2010

Development of a large-scale golfer computer model to study swing kinematics
Tucker, CB; Kenny, IC; Anderson, R
(2010) Development of a large-scale golfer computer model to study swing kinematics
In The Engineering of Sport 8- Engineering Emotion; Paris : Elsevier

2006

Kinematic Data Analysis of Rowing Strokes Utilising A Novel Technique
O'Halloran, J; Anderson, R
(2006) Kinematic Data Analysis of Rowing Strokes Utilising A Novel Technique
In The Engineering of Sport 6; New York, USA : Springer Publishing pp. 161-165 New York, USA

2006

Validation of Accelerometers and Gyroscopes to Provide Real-time Kinematic Data for Golf Analysis
Fitzpatrick, K; Anderson, R
(2006) Validation of Accelerometers and Gyroscopes to Provide Real-time Kinematic Data for Golf Analysis
In The Engineering of Sport 6; New York, USA : Springer Publishing pp. 155-160

2004

Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
Anderson, R; Collins, DJ
(2004) Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
In The Engineering of Sport 5; pp. 561-567

2002

Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
Anderson, R; Harrison, AJ; Lyons, G
(2002) Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
In The Engineering of Sport 4; pp. 803-809

Edited Books

2009

Scientific Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of Biomechanics in Sport
(2009) Scientific Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of Biomechanics in Sport
(Ed.) Limerick, Ireland : University of Limerick

Peer Reviewed Journals

2013

Is outcome related to movement variability in golf?
Tucker, C. B.; Anderson, R.; Kenny, I.C.
(2013) Is outcome related to movement variability in golf?
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2013.784350

2012

Anterior knee pain in competitive cyclists
Kennedy, T., Rowan, F., Condon, F., Kenny, I., Anderson, R. and Dunne, C.
(2012) Anterior knee pain in competitive cyclists
In Irish journal of medical science;

2009

Real-time gait event detection using wearable sensors
Hanlon, M; Anderson, R
(2009) Real-time gait event detection using wearable sensors
In Gait & Posture; pp. 523-527
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.07.128

2008

Relationship between fundamental movement skill and sport skill level of young adults
Kearney, P; Smyth, P.J;Anderson, R
(2008) Relationship between fundamental movement skill and sport skill level of young adults
In Journal Of Sport And Exercise Psychology; pp. S47-S47

2006

Real-time gait event detection using wearable sensors
Hanlon, M; Anderson, R
(2006) Real-time gait event detection using wearable sensors
In Gait & Posture; pp. S127-S128

2006

Prediction methods to account for the effect of gait speed on lower limb angular kinematics
Hanlon, M; Anderson, R
(2006) Prediction methods to account for the effect of gait speed on lower limb angular kinematics
In Gait & Posture; pp. 280-287
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2005.10.007

2005

Use of real-time bandwidth kinematic feedback in learning a cyclical lower limb movement skill.
Hanlon, M; Anderson, R
(2005) Use of real-time bandwidth kinematic feedback in learning a cyclical lower limb movement skill.
In Gait & Posture; pp. S131-S131

2005

Accelerometry-based feedback--can it improve movement consistency and performance in rowing?
Anderson R., Harrison A., Lyons G.M.
(2005) Accelerometry-based feedback--can it improve movement consistency and performance in rowing?
In Sports Biomechanics; pp. 179-195

2001

Data Logging Techniques in Ambulatory Medical Instrumentation - A Review
Anderson, R; Lyons, G
(2001) Data Logging Techniques in Ambulatory Medical Instrumentation - A Review
In Physiological Measurement; pp. R1-R13

1999

Data Logging Techniques in Human Ambulatory Measurement
Anderson, R; Lyons, GM; Grace, PA
(1999) Data Logging Techniques in Human Ambulatory Measurement
In Irish Journal Of Medical Science; pp. 218-219

1999

Biomechanical Assessment of Gait in Below Knee Walking Casts
White, R; Schuren, J; Wardlaw, D; Diamondopolous, Z; Anderson, R
(1999) Biomechanical Assessment of Gait in Below Knee Walking Casts
In Prosthetics And Orthotics International; pp. 142-151

Conference Publications

2012

2012 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Biomechanics Interest Group Conference (BASES BIG)
Tucker, C; Kenny, IC; Anderson, R
(2012) 2012 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Biomechanics Interest Group Conference (BASES BIG)

2012

2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Norris, M; Breen, S; Anderson, R; Kenny, IC
(2012) 2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

[ULIR]

2012

2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Norris, M; Breen, S; Anderson, R; Kenny, IC
(2012) 2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2012

Anterior Knee Pain in Competitive Cyclists
Kennedy, T,Rowan, F,Condon, F,Kenny, I,Anderson, R,Dunne, C
(2012) Anterior Knee Pain in Competitive Cyclists
pp. 157-158
[ULIR]

2011

2011 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Tucker, CB; Anderson, R; Kenny, IC
(2011) 2011 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2010

8th International Sports Engineering Conference
Tucker, CB; Kenny, IC; Anderson, R
(2010) 8th International Sports Engineering Conference

2010

Methods to measure functional changes in the trunk action in overarm throwing
Kearney, P; Smyth, PJ; Anderson, R
(2010) Methods to measure functional changes in the trunk action in overarm throwing
In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY; pp. 83-84

2010

2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Kenny, IC; Anderson, R
(2010) 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2010

2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Anderson, R; Kenny, IC; Tucker, CB; O'Halloran, J
(2010) 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2010

Development of a large-scale golfer computer model to study swing kinematics
Tucker, CB; Kenny, IC; Anderson, R
(2010) Development of a large-scale golfer computer model to study swing kinematics
In ENGINEERING OF SPORT 8: ENGINEERING EMOTION - 8TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION (ISEA); pp. 3439-3439
DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.176

2009

2009 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Tucker, CB; Kenny, IC; Byrne, D; Anderson, R
(2009) 2009 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2008

Relationship between fundamental movement skill and sport skill level of young adults
Kearney, P; Smyth, PJ; Anderson, R
(2008) Relationship between fundamental movement skill and sport skill level of young adults
In JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY; pp. S47-S48

Workshopss

2009

Modelling the biomechanical effects of club head mass on the gold drive
Tucker, C; Kenny, IC; Byrne, DJ; Anderson, R
(2009) Modelling the biomechanical effects of club head mass on the gold drive
MacDonncha, C.(Ed.) University of Limerick pp. 91-91

Other Items Published

2005

A turn on the rudder
Anderson, R
(2005) A turn on the rudder
pp. 20-20

Thesiss

2002

An Ipsative-Based Biofeedback System To Improve Rowing Performance
Anderson, R
(2002) An Ipsative-Based Biofeedback System To Improve Rowing Performance
University of Limerick : University of Limerick

1997

Measurement of Human Performance
Anderson, R
(1997) Measurement of Human Performance
University of Aberdeen : University of Aberdeen

1995

Design of an Optical Biosensor for the Detection of DNA
Anderson, R
(1995) Design of an Optical Biosensor for the Detection of DNA
The Robert Gordon University : The Robert Gordon University

Reviewss

2001

Data logging technology in ambulatory medical instrumentation
Anderson, R; Lyons, GM
(2001) Data logging technology in ambulatory medical instrumentation
In Physiological Measurement; pp. R1-R13
DOI: 10.1088/0967-3334/22/2/201