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Artificial Intelligence sets it eye on Badminton Game

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By analyzing the sport by tracking a player’s every stroke, the inroads has been made into badminton with the International Institute of Information Technology’s (IIT-H) prototype by the Artificial Intelligence (AI), was broadcasted on television or internet.

A team of researchers from IIT-H’s Centre for Visual Information Technology (CVIT) felt that tennis analytics was stuck in the dark ages while other sports such as cricket and soccer had adopted emerging techntifiologies for analytics. The CVIT attempted to extent usage of
Artificial Intelligence to racquet sports, as Hyderabad making it big in the badminton circuit.

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Prakash Yamla, head of technology transfer office and product Labs said -“We picked sports analytics as our first business case.  Application of computer vision in sports is an upcoming area. We zeroed in on badminton because not only has there been a fairly deep amount of work done but there is also an excellent badminton ecosystem in Hyderabad.”

For nearly every major tournament sports video data is recorded but remains archived and inaccessible, there viewing sequentially OR manually is restricted. An end-to-end framework under which a large corpus of badminton broadcast videos can segment the points played and track and recognizealgorithm the player’s each point and annotate their respective stroke, such prototype was developed by CVIT.

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“The algorithms can identify when a rally has started or ended and who won the rally (player identification). It provides segmentation of the shots played thereby revealing the style (backhand,forehand,smash) of the player. By generating heat maps based on how fast the players moves on court, one can also deduce the dominant player”,saidYalla.

“After the success of the pilot project, we’ve had multiple requests from the former students who wish to be involved in setting up sports analytics-based start-ups”. The algorithm,developed over a period of two to three years, now has takers from broadcasting industry. For those who can build a business around this, there lies an entrepreneurial opportunity,” said Yalla.

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