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Lecture | including drinks and nibbles at the FooBar

Jan van Haaren brings Football Analysis to the Florence Nightingale Colloquium

Thursday 12 December 2019
The seminar is targeted at a broad audience, in particular we invite master students, PhD candidates and supervisors interested or involved in the Data Science Research programme as well as colleagues from LIACS and MI to attend. The seminar is organized by the DSO, MI and LIACS.
Niels Bohrweg 1
2333 CA Leiden
Chief Product & Technology Officer at SciSports and freelance scientific collaborator at KU Leuven.

Actions Speak Louder Than Goals: Valuing Player Actions in Football

"Assessing the impact of the actions performed by football players during games is a crucial aspect of the player recruitment process. Unfortunately, most traditional metrics fall short in addressing this task as they either focus on rare actions like shots and goals alone or fail to account for the context in which the actions occurred. In this talk, I will present a framework for valuing any type of player action based on its impact on the game outcome while accounting for the context in which the action happened. By aggregating football players' action values, their total offensive and defensive contributions to their team can be quantified".

This lecture is based on his paper with which he won the Best Paper Award last summer in the Applied Data Science Track of KDD 2019, the largest data mining conference in the world.


Jan Van Haaren is the Chief Product & Technology Officer at SciSports, where he leads the division that researches and develops analytical tools for measuring player and team performances, analyzing strategies and tactics, and understanding the decision-making behavior of players. His research interests are at the intersection of sports analytics and artificial intelligence. Prior to SciSports, Jan obtained a PhD in Machine Learning from KU Leuven.

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