On June 3rd, Pengdong Zhang successfully defended his PhD at Ghent University. He obtained the degree of “PhD in Sciences: Geomatics and Surveying”. His research was supervised by prof. Nico Van de Weghe. Pendong Zhang defended his thesis entitled “Developing New Approaches for the Analysis of Movement Data: A sport-oriented application”. The research reported in this dissertation was conducted at the CartoGIS research unit, Department of Geography, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, and funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).