Meet the Threespace team

Dr Jon Wheat

Jon is a Reader in Biomechanics. He joined the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) in 2007 and is now Deputy Director and Lead of the Biomechanics Research Theme. In 2014, Jon was recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Royal Academy of Engineering as a Rising Star. Much of Jon’s research is influenced by Ecological Dynamics – a contemporary theoretical approach in motor learning. His research group combine expertise in biomechanics, engineering, sensors, computer programming and motor learning to develop and use biomechanics and body morphology measurement systems outside of the lab, in more representative settings.

A major aspect of Jon’s work in this area is related to the use of consumer depth cameras in the analysis of body morphology, with affordable and accessible 3D surface imaging systems. Jon also has a keen interest in cycling biomechanics working in collaboration with colleagues within and outside of SHU on inverse dynamics projects.

In addition to his research, Jon is Head of Programme Area for Research Degrees, leading post-graduate research degrees in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. He also teaches on the MSc Sports Engineering and is REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator (UoA26).


Dr Simon Choppin

Simon is a senior research fellow. His current interests include the novel use of consumer depth cameras in biomechanics. Simon’s focus is on the algorithms and processes which manipulate the three-dimensional point data generated by depth cameras. In addition to this he has developed expertise in physical and statistical modelling, optimisation processes and ball aerodynamics.

A keen science communicator, Simon was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship in 2009 in which he worked with the Guardian newspaper. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute. He edits and contributes to the CSER blog and is an associate editor of the Sports Engineering journal.


Dr Marcus Dunn

Marcus is a researcher specialising in video-based performance analysis systems, camera calibration and sports biomechanics.

Graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a first-class, BSc (hons) degree in Sport Science Marcus was awarded the John Wiley and Sons Ltd. prize for ‘Best Final Year Project’. He went on to complete an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in sports biomechanics.

Marcus develops performance analysis systems for the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium (SHUCAS) project. The project has delivered a state-of-the-art, technology demonstrator hub for physical activity.This work has recently been referenced in the Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and ParalympicGames – a joint UK Government and Mayor of London report.


Alice Bullas

Alice is a PhD student, studying the application of 3D body scanning systems within sport. As part of this work, Alice is aiming to establish the validity of a low cost 3D body scanning system and the importance of complex anthropometrics in the assessment of cyclists.

Prior to starting her PhD, Alice graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a first class honours BSc and an MSc in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Following this, Alice joined CSER in 2013 as a graduate intern. During this time her work focused on the use of array electrodes in the application of peripheral electrical stimulation in the induction of motor cortical plasticity and the suitability of the Microsoft Kinect in head tracking for rehabilitation.

Alongside her PhD work Alice plays an active role within the department, as well as engaging in other scanning projects and consultancy work, such as Channel 4 Speed with Guy Martin – Gravity Racer.


Christina King

Christina is the business development manager for the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. She has over 17 years’ experience in project engineering, strategic and operational leadership and income generation. Specialist sector knowledge in sport, health and wellbeing credentials which span, small/medium enterprises, multinational commercial, governmental and third sector organisations.

In the ‘top 50 Women in Engineering on Twitter 2016’ (Daily Telegraph) and part of the London Sport Technology Innovation Award 2016 team, Christina is keen to facilitate new projects with organisations interested in the team’s expertise in 3D scanning and measurement.