How an EWI student will make football fairer

News - 27 November 2017

Vinay Balaji is a master student at the EEMCS faculty at TU Delft. A counter goal from his favourite football club Chelsea brought him the idea of ‘Virtual Referee’.

"At the beginning of this year, I saw Chelsea lose a match due to an unfairly awarded goal to the opponent," Vinay says. "While the supporters around me cursed the referee, I got the idea for ‘Virtual Referee’. A technology that helps the referee and makes football fairer."

Cyber-physical system
Virtual Referee is a cyber-physical system that consists of sensors on the ball, the field and the players. Special  machine algorithms make it possible to communicate  precise movements during the game. Offside or a penalty is no longer a human estimate, but an accurate and quickly calculated ascertainment. Technology helps the referee to make the right decision.

Test set-up
Vinay has now further developed his idea in such a way that he can graduate on this subject. Yet, for his Master’s thesis, Vinay must demonstrate this in practice. With a test set-up in which football players, equipped with sensors, simulate game situations. A set-up that he unfortunately cannot afford.

For his test set-up Vinay needs:

  • 25 High precision GPS modules
  • 25 Triple Axis Accelerometers
  • 25 TI wireless MCU’s
  • 25 Magnetic Strips and hall effect sensors
  • Base station

Will you help Vinay to make this possible?
The Delft University Fund exists to help students such as Vinay. With subsidies, scholarships and prizes, the fund gives talent at TU Delft the opportunity to excel. With a donation to the fund, you enable talented students to push the boundaries of technology. Will you join us?

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