Organizers Tim Swartz (right) and Luke Bornn (left), professors in the department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, modelled the symposium after a successful bi-annual event in Boston.

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The worlds of professional sports and statistics team up on September 24 at SFU

September 09, 2016
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By Diane Mar-Nicolle

SFU brings sports analytics experts to the Cascadia Symposium on Statistics (CASSIS) held at the Harbour Centre campus on September 24, 2016.

Sports analytics is the application of data and quantitative methods to problems in sports, often with the aim of gaining a competitive advantage. The field draws experts from the disciplines of statistics, business, computer science, and mathematics.

The CASSIS symposium, sponsored by ESPN Sports Analytics, is an opportunity for statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with professional sports teams, sports media and universities to discuss common problems in the analysis of sports data.  Organizers Tim Swartz and Luke Bornn, professors in the department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, modelled the symposium after a successful bi-annual event in Boston. 

“This is an amazing opportunity to have speakers from the US, England and Canada representing numerous sports to meet and discuss issues at the cutting edge of sports analytics," says Bornn.

The one-day conference includes numerous technical presentations and topics such as “Handedness’ Impact on Reaching First Base” and “A History of Draft value in Major League Soccer”.

Keynote speaker Kirk Goldberry, an analytics specialist with the San Antonio Spurs, leads the morning plenary session. An afternoon soccer analytics panel with representatives from the MLS and English Premier League is followed by presentations on American football, baseball, hockey and soccer.

“This will be an engaging day that will be of interest to professional analysts as well as numbers-oriented sports fans and members of SFU’s Sports Analytics Club," says Bornn.

Event details:

What: 2016 Cascadia Symposium on Statistics in Sports
Where: 515 West Hastings Street - Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Registration:  Click here to register and purchase tickets. Tickets are $40 each and registration is open until September 17.

For more details see www.cascadiasports.com