Beyond Campus: Bringing MU to St. Lou 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:30pm

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Doors at 6:00 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

O'Fallon Brewery (O'Bar), 45 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights (directions)

Admission is free.

“Data in Motion: How Sports Analytics Is Changing the Game”

Professor of Statistics Christopher Wikle
Assistant Professor of Statistics Erin Schliep

Statistics in sports extends well beyond the "stat sheet."  Recently, team sports like soccer, basketball, football, hockey, and baseball have seen a dramatic increase in data collection and monitoring. Exciting new data include GPS tracking on ball movement and player locations, as well as biophysical data of athletes that measure player fitness and fatigue. Together, these data can be used to inform individual and team strategy and to drive tactical decisions and player development. 

Wikle and Schliep will introduce some of the different types of data that are being collected across different sports. Then, they will discuss how tools developed in animal movement, precision medicine, and artificial intelligence can be adapted to analyze sports data.  Whether you're a sports fan or or just love numbers, join us to learn about the exciting ways in which data and analytics in sports are changing the games we watch and play. 

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. 

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