Members

Peter Chow-White

petercw@sfu.ca

Dr. Peter Chow-White is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where he is Director of the Genomics and Networks Analysis Lab and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Centre for Clinical Diagnostic Genomics at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver. He received his PhD. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has been examining developments in new information technologies such as data mining and social media. He has worked with organizations such as the British Columbia Cancer Agency, The Terry Fox Foundation, Teck Mining, Stantec, the West Vancouver Fire Fighters Charitable Society, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Tim Swartz

tim@stat.sfu.ca

Dr. Swartz is a Professor and Graduate Chair in the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science. His general interest is statistical computing. Most of his work attempts to take advantage of the power of modern computing machinery to solve real statistical problems. The area where he has devoted a lot of attention is the integration problem arising in Bayesian applications. Lately, his interest in statistics in sport has grown to consume a fair bit of his time.

Oliver Schulte

oschulte@sfu.ca

Dr. Schulte is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Science. His current research focus is machine learning for structured data. Within sports analytics, he has worked on applying advanced techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to model hockey dynamics. One application is ranking players with regard to their impact on wins, goals, and penalties. While he has won some nice awards, his biggest claim to fame may be a draw against chess world champion Gary Kasparov.

Peter Tingling

tingling@sfu.ca  

Dr. Tingling is an Associate Professor in Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. He joined the Beedie School of Business at SFU from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario where his thesis focused on organizational decision-making. He has had a long association with higher education and has taught at several business schools. Prior to academia, he had more than two decades of industrial experience working in a number of senior line and staff positions as well as consulting to a diverse range of Fortune 500, government, and start-up organizations across North America. Winner of a 2004 Literati Club research award and a 2007 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award, he currently teaches the under-graduate Introduction to Business in a Networked Economy (BUS 201) course, Managerial Accounting (BUS640) in the Executive MBA, and Special Topics in MIS (BUS 722) in the part-time MBA programme. He serves as a Senator of the University and is the MIS Area Coordinator. He is a member of the Senate Commitee on University Honours (SCUH), the Electoral Standing Commitee (ESC), the Planning and Priorities Committee, and the Undergraduate Competitions Committee. Outside of the University, Dr. Tingling is the president and CEO of Octothorpe Software Corporation, a decision sciences company.

Luke Bornn

lbornn@sfu.ca

Dr. Bornn's research is focused on high dimensional spatio-temporal data, with applications to environmental and climate modeling, optical tracking in sports, and structural health monitoring amongst others. He is also interested in the corresponding computational problems, mainly in the form of Monte Carlo methods. His research is being done alongside a host of collaborators and colleagues. He received a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of the Fraser Valley, an MSc in Statistics from UBC under the co-supervison of Arnaud Doucet (Oxford University) and Raphael Gottardo (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), and a PhD in Statistics from UBC under the co-supervison of Arnaud Doucet and Jim Zidek (UBC).

Dave Clarke

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dcclarke@sfu.ca

Dr. Clarke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. The mission of his research program is to discover ways to optimize exercise training programs for health, fitness, rehabilitation or performance goals. A central theme of the research is applying data-driven models to different data sources, including published literature, biological experiments, and wearable sensors or tracking devices. Regarding the latter source of data, his lab is working to devise improved metrics and algorithms for exercise and physical activity monitoring devices. Ongoing projects include improving existing models such as Dr. Eric Banister's impulse-response model (developed here at SFU 40 years ago) and constructing hybrid physiological-statistical models that reflect both the physiology of the individual and additional sources of variance known to impact the signal. A critical aspect of his work is to ensure that the model outputs are interpretable by coaches and therefore enhance their ability to make decisions based on the data.

John Stockie

stockie@math.sfu.ca

Dr. Stockie is a Professor and Graduate Chair in the School of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on solving problems in fluid dynamics through the use of mathematical analysis and numerical methods. Most of the problems he studies are inspired by fluid flows arising from applications in either engineering or biology. His current research activities can be broadly classified into four areas: 1) industrial mathematics, 2) fluid-structure interaction, 3) porous media flow, 4) scientific computation. 

Alex Rucker

Alex Rucker is a founding partner of KBAR Consulting LLC and, at present, the senior analytics consultant for the Toronto Raptors. He heads a small team that provides basketball analytics exclusively for the Raptors. His long-time business partner, Keith Boyarsky, and him have built a modelling and predictive analytics system that can directly inform coaching decisions such as shot selection on offence and positioning and rotation on defence. He got started in the business of basketball in the mid-90s working first for the University of Western basketball team, and then with an internship at Simon Fraser University. Jay Triano (the previous coach of the Raptors and the current coach of the Canadian men’s national team) was the head coach of SFU, and they stayed in touch. When Triano became the head coach of the Raptors, he invited Rucker to demo his analysis to the coaching staff.

Virgil Hill

virgil_hill@sfu.ca

Hill has more than 20 years’ coaching experience. He was head coach at Laurentian University (2000-07) and spent three years as an assistant coach with the Canadian men’s national development team (2000-2003). As well, he coached Canada to a bronze medal at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea. Over the past eight years, Hill coached at Collingwood School in West Vancouver, B.C., where he built the senior varsity basketball program into a perennial power in B.C. Double “AA” basketball. Hill played at Simon Fraser in the early 1990s for Triano, who is now the Canadian national team head coach and assistant coach with the NBA Portland Trail Blazers. Hill captained the Clan in his senior season, was Academic All-Conference, and was named the University’s Most Inspirational Athlete. Hill began his coaching career as an assistant on Triano’s staff at SFU in 1994. He also assisted Scott Clark at Simon Fraser before becoming head coach at Laurentian University. Hill is a Level 4 certified basketball coach through the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program. He holds a B.Sc.in kinesiology, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business, and is a certified teacher through the Professional Development Program, all from Simon Fraser University.

Steve Hanson

Currently lead assistant coach with SFU's Clan men's basketball team. He was Canada Basketball’s Center for Performance Assistant Coach, as well as head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2009. He was assistant coach to Rich Chambers from 2006-2009. As a strength and conditioning coach he has trained many athletes that have gone on the succeed in the NHL, NFL and CFL. He attended SFU where he received a Bachelor’s of Education and Douglas College where he received a Bachelor’s of Physical Education and Coaching. Coach Hanson is BCRPA High-Five Certified – Principles of Healthy Child Development. He is current Head Coach of the Terry Fox Ravens Senior Boys team and lead them to the 2012 BC Boys AAA Championship.