Development of a Bobsleigh Simulator for Training and Outreach in Jamaica

The Jamaican Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is interested in having a modern low-cost bobsled simulator that can be used for training athletes in Jamaica as well as a recruiting device for introducing newcomers to the sport. Bobsleigh tracks are few and far between and mostly only exist at past and future winter Olympic sites. The tracks are only available for limited practice use leading up to the Olympics. Due to the expense of the sleighs and the tracks, this makes it difficult for many countries to support teams. The Jamaican National Bobsleigh Team has a unique history, being one of the only tropical countries that has fielded teams for these winter sports.

The goal of this project would be to design a bobsleigh simulator that provides a fully immersive and realistic experience, including relevant motion sensation to the rider(s), virtual reality, and proper steering actuation. Multiple tracks, including customized designs, should be supported by the simulator. The dynamics of the simulator should mimic that of the real system and washout techniques developed to support a large set of motions. The design should be simple and small in size for reduced cost and portability.

Students taking on this project will likely work with students at The University of Technology, Jamaica and industrial partners to realize a prototype of the simulator.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply for this project, please send an approximately half page letter explaining your motivations and interest in the lab and project, CV or resume, a list of courses you've taken, the name of your MSc track, and any other relevant information to