The Enterprise Volleyball League kicked off at NCKU, showcasing smart sports broadcasting technology live for the first time

The Enterprise Volleyball League kicked off at NCKU, showcasing smart sports broadcasting technology live for the first time.

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The Enterprise Volleyball League kicked off at NCKU, showcasing smart sports broadcasting technology live for the first time.

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The opening ceremony of the 18th Enterprise Grade A Men's and Women's Volleyball League, hosted by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), took place on the afternoon of January 4th at the Chung Cheng Gym. NCKU President Meng-Ru Shen was invited to deliver a speech and officiate the opening serve. Over the course of the 4-day tournament, NCKU's Sports Center integrated the "NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team'' to provide the first-ever competitive sports technology presentation in Taiwan. This collaboration aimed to enhance the overall viewing experience of the games and marked the first appearance of such technology on a sports broadcasting platform.

President Meng-Ru Shen expressed his excitement to participate in the event, emphasizing his passion for sports and his delight in witnessing the interdisciplinary teamwork behind NCKU's sports technology achievements. He highlighted the importance of digitizing sports information to enhance team training and underscored NCKU's role and responsibility in leveraging technology to make sports more exciting.

The NCKU leg of the Enterprise Grade A Men's and Women's Volleyball League took place on February 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th at the Chung Cheng Gym on the Guangfu campus. NCKU's Sports Center emphasized that its volleyball facilities serve as an important venue for nurturing volleyball talents in Tainan. Additionally, current NCKU women's volleyball team member and Department of Transportation and Communication Management student You-Qun Tsai has been selected multiple times for the U18, U19, and Olympic national teams, and she played as a starting player in the February 4th match. Another highlight of this event was the provision of diversified and enhanced competition services through AI smart sports technology, ensuring that both on-site spectators and TV audiences could experience the popularity of NCKU volleyball.

The Enterprise Volleyball League is one of Taiwan's three semi-professional sports leagues, alongside baseball and basketball. Since 2020, NCKU has regularly hosted matches as part of the league's regular season, making it an important event for volleyball enthusiasts in the Tainan area. NCKU's women's volleyball team participates as a first-tier team in the open intercollegiate competition and is coached by Professor Hsien-Che Huang, head of NCKU's Sports Center, and Assistant Professor Hong-Chun Huang. The team has produced notable players such as Xi Chen, who represented NCKU in the Enterprise Volleyball League in 2012 and was later invited to join the Taipower women's volleyball team. She also represented Taiwan in the 2013 Kazan Universiade women's volleyball team.

The "NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team" overcame equipment limitations and leveraged software to set up 20 cameras at the venue for real-time image processing, achieving multi-angle broadcast of the matches. ELEVEN TV, responsible for the match broadcast, praised the team's technology, noting that multi-angle broadcasting allows TV viewers to enjoy the same convenient viewing experience as on-site spectators.

Professor Jenn-Jier Lien from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and lead investigator of the "NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team" project stated that the team had previously provided sports technology services for swimming and table tennis during the 110 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games. This time, they faced a bigger challenge in the volleyball domain, with larger venues and more players involved, raising the difficulty level and application scope. The team's goal is to make this technology accessible on every viewer's mobile phone, allowing them to select exciting moments, perspectives, player information, and different ways of analyzing tactics and strengths in the future.

The "NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team" is led by Professor Tsang-Hai Huang from the Institute of Physical Education, Professor Jenn-Jier Lien from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Director Hsien-Che Huang and Assistant Professor Hong-Chun Huang from NCKU's Sports Center, along with faculty and students from the Institute of Physical Education, the Sports Center, the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering, the College of Intelligent Computing, and the Department of Psychology. Several Taiwan-first applications were introduced at the Chung Cheng Gym, including player network sound volume analysis word clouds, player strength analysis and similar player recommendations, multi-angle court broadcasting, full-court image angle broadcasting, exciting game segment ball trajectory and landing recognition, real-time player posture analysis, allowing viewers to gain a macro understanding of tactics and strengths.

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NCKU President Meng-Ru Sheng was invited to give a speech and serve as the guest of honor for the opening ball toss.

The Corporate Volleyball League is one of Taiwan's three semi-professional sports leagues alongside baseball and basketball. Since 2020, NCKU has been hosting the regular season matches annually.

"The NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team" enhances the overall viewing experience of sports matches through technological innovations.

President Sheng sees it as NCKU's role and responsibility to use technology to make sports more exciting, and he's eager to further develop this technological expertise.

NCKU's team sets up 20 cameras at the competition venue, earning high praise for their real-time image processing technology, which enables multi-angle game broadcasting.

The "NCKU Project CrowdEyes Smart Sports Technology Team" includes members from various departments such as Exercise and Health Promotion, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Psychology, demonstrating interdisciplinary collaboration.

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