June 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM
We are excited to have Brad Null stopping by to discuss the use of analytics in sports. Should be a fun evening...hope to see many of you there!
Since the publication of Moneyball ten years ago, interest in using data and analytics to address various prediction and optimization problems in sports, and in particular in baseball, has exploded. In this talk I will discuss some of the challenges I have faced forecasting baseball and basketball results and optimizing related decisions and how I’ve addressed them. I will also discuss similar problems in other sports as well as the recent proliferation of visual tracking data in this realm and its potential to power new insights, algorithms, and products.
Brad Null earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Management Science from Stanford University, where his thesis focused on Stochastic Modeling and Optimization in Baseball. Brad has applied this research in various partnerships with teams, startups, and corporations. He also founded bracketvoodoo.com, ananalytical engine that powers real-time evaluation and optimization of March Madness brackets. Currently, as the Chief Data Scientist at Reputation.com, Brad leads initiatives to develop insights and products from a unique corpus of online professional, commercial, and personal data. Brad has also designed and implemented forecasting and optimization platforms in the areas of advertising, marketing, finance, and operations.
6:30 - 7:00pm Social (food + beer served)
7:00 - 8:30pm Talk
8:30 - 9:00pm Social