STA 290 Seminar Series
DATE: Thursday October 19th, 4:10pm
LOCATION: MSB 1147, Colloquium Room
SPEAKER: Luke Bornn, Vice-President of Strategy and Analytics, Sacramento Kings; Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
TITLE: “From Pixels to Points: Using Tracking Data to Measure Performance in Professional Sports”
ABSTRACT: In this talk I will explore how players perform, both individually and as a team, on a basketball court. By blending advanced spatio-temporal models with geography-inspired mapping tools, we are able to understand player skill far better than either individual tool allows. Using optical tracking data consisting of hundreds of millions of observations, I will demonstrate these ideas by characterizing defensive skill and decision making in NBA players.