About Alessandro Timmi

Alessandro Timmi, Mechanical EngineerAlessandro Timmi obtained his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, with a final grade of 110/110 cum laude. He presented an original research thesis titled Development, implementation and application on elite athletes of methodologies for the biomechanical analysis of sports motions in Karate, developed with the supervision and collaboration of his mentor and Professor of Applied Mechanics, Ettore Pennestrì and with the contribution of Prof. Pier Paolo Valentini. This thesis reports all the developments of the ongoing Virtual Sensei project.

This work is the result of the intersection of his two passions: karate (practiced under the guide of Sensei Enzo Cappelli, 6° Dan, in his dojo A.S.D. Karate Roma) and mechanical engineering. After graduation, the project has continued to be developed, with the participation of Prof. Pierluigi Aschieri, head coach of the Italian National Karate Team, and the FIJLKAM (Italian Federation of Judo, Wrestling, Karate and Martial Arts). The purpose of this research is to obtain an instrument that could enhance knowledge in the analysis of sports motion and, consequently, improve the performances of athletes.

In December 2010, Timmi was selected by the ECCOMAS Scientific Committee to present a poster session about Virtual Sensei at the Multibody Dynamics 2011 Conference, in Brussels, Belgium from July 4th to 7th 2011.

In October 2011 he released Virtual Sensei Lite, the free software for sports motions analysis based on Microsoft Kinect sensor. This software is continuously improved and constitutes a remarkable innovation in the field of biomechanics, thanks to its ease of use and to the low cost of the required sensor.

In June 2012, Timmi gave a presentation titled Biomechanical analysis of Karate techniques based on the evaluation of the body kinetic energy from 3D mocap data at the 1st IMACSSS International Conference.

Since 2010 Timmi has been in charge of the Scientific Department of his Regional Karate Committee. Currently he looks forward to expand the Virtual Sensei project.

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Virtual Sensei crew

Virtual Sensei is continuously expanding, thanks to people who contribute for passion or friendship. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals:

  • Andrea Pilia, photographer, photo/video editor and web developer;
  • Silvia Trichilo, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Andrea Timmi, technical support;
  • Francesco Forte, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Ann Fontanella, M.A. in English;
  • Ivano Cappelli, M.F.A. in Visual Arts;
  • Michele Terlizzese, J.D;
  • Alessandro Micozzi, webmaster.

We would also like to thank the athletes of the A.S.D. Karate Roma, who wore the mocap suit when Virtual Sensei was still in the early phase of its development:

  • Antonio Ciacciarelli;
  • Simone Cristianini;
  • Lorenzo Finardi;
  • Martina Massotti;
  • Matteo Mastrecchia;
  • Daniele Misantoni;
  • Federico Pelliccia;
  • Pietro Pennestrì;
  • Gabriele Spinelli.