University of Calgary

Larry Katz

  • Professor
  • Director - Sport Technology Research Lab

Currently Teaching

Biography

Larry Katz, an award winning developer and producer of interactive multimedia applications, is Professor and Director of the Sport Technology Research Laboratory (STRL), Faculty of Kinesiology, at the University of Calgary. He is an Educational Psychologist interested in how people learn and how to improve human performance through the use of innovation and technology. His research interests include sport technology, performance analysis, virtual environments, virtual rehabilitation, multimedia design and development, collaborative online learning, wireless technology, and health education.

Dr. Katz is co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Exergaming Research www.ucalgary.ca/exergaming and Director of the Centre for Video and Performance Analysis www.ucalgary.ca/cvpa.

He develops and teaches courses in computer applications in kinesiology and educational technology; has edited and published numerous papers, chapters and proceedings on educational technology, performance analysis and multimedia applications in kinesiology; hosted and chaired numerous national and international conferences and symposia; and developed over 40 multimedia programs and websites in Kinesiology and Education.

Dr. Katz has served as Secretary General, for the International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS), Chair of the IACSS 2007 International Symposium, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport. In addition, he was a participant in Canada's G7 Information Technology Showcases in Brussels, Halifax, and Johannesburg. He has also consulted with the Canadian Space Agency on their multimedia training, and consulted for the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations and the Canadian International Development Agency providing multimedia technology in-services in developing countries.

A number of the products developed by his research groups are being distributed across North America through the auspices of Savvy Knowledge Systems Corporation and include publishers and distributors such as Human Kinetics and National Professional Resources in the United States.

The Sport Technology Research Laboratory has hosted National and International Conferences, Symposia and workshops on Multimedia Technology, Wireless Technology, Sport Technology, Visualization, and Virtual Reality.

Research Objectives

Investigate the impact of technology on performance and learning.

Specialty

Multimedia design and development, Virtual Reality Applications, Multimedia Databases, Distance Learning, Collaborative Learning, Performance Analysis, Exergaming, and Innovation and Technology Adoption.

Current Work from the Sport Technology Research Laboratory (STRL)

The National Performance Database; Performance Analysis Curriculum Guide; Video Performance Online Report Card; FIT Breaks in the Elementary School Classroom; Exergaming and Physical Literacy; the Complete Multimedia Guide to Working Out in the Gym DVD; Reaction time of goaltenders in 2D and 3D Virtual Environments; Augmented Reality with Karate students; Collaborative Electronic Learning; Web-based Multimedia Databases; Issues in Adoption of Innovation; Practical Technology in the Classroom; and KID TV.

Desired Outcome

Wide dissemination and adoption of innovation and technology in sport and physical education environments.
The expansion of the Sport Technology Research Laboratory’s ability to develop and research technology resources that enhance performance and learning.
Expanded international collaboration on sport technology related research and development.

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