Keynote "Football Doesn’t Play Moneyball”
Chris Anderson is passionate about using analysis and evidence to acquire, manage, and build and sustain football clubs in the context of global competition for talent and success. Before co-founding Anderson Sally, Chris was an award-winning researcher and professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, one of the world’s leading research institutions. A behavioral scientist with many years of experience analyzing complex data, Anderson has held appointments at a number of universities, including Oxford University and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. He also has taught management strategy at prominent business schools, including Cornell’s Johnson School of Management and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Today, he is is Professor of Politics and Economics and Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Warwick.
His book on football analytics, co-authored with David Sally, is titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong (Penguin). It tells the story of analytics in elite football and combines social science principles and methods with football data to understand player and team performance. Anderson has extensive experience in the football industry and is a regular speaker at analytics and sports industry events, including the prestigious Sports Analytics Conference held annually in Boston by MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Applying Artificial Intelligence to Sports
Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received B. Eng., Msc and PhD diplomas, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively, working under the supervsion of E. Gallopoulos. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, USA. He has been with IBM since September 2005. Costas's main research interests span Scalable systems for AI and Knowledge Ingestion, HPC and new computing paradigms. Costas is a recipient of the PRACE 2012 award and the ACM Gordon Bell 2013 and 2015 prizes.
Helmut Dietl is the chairman of the Center for Research in Sports Administration and a full professor at the Chair for Services & Operations Management at University of Zurich. He has published many research papers in the field of theoretical and empirical sports economics. Helmut Dietl is the associate editor of the Journal of Sports Economics and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Finance. He regularly writes an economics column on cash.ch; together with Egon Franck, he has published a book on sports economics "Millisekunden und Milliarden - 30 Analysen zur Ökonomie des Sports".
Validity of Performance Data in Sport
Nicolas has been with FIFA since 2010 and has driven forward the technical standards and bringing scientific research into football under the Quality Programme umbrella. The focus is on providing standardization for the Laws of the Game of products, services and technologies that directly affect the game of football such as playing surfaces, the ball, goal-line technology and now video assistant refereeing and electronic performance tracking systems.
Analysing more than 300,000 shots: How Opta – the world leader in sports data - is decrypting the football code
Dirk Ifsen is the Managing Director for Perform Germany and Senior Vice President Content DACH. He served as Managing Director for German operations at Perform Group since 2010. During this time, he has overseen the continued growth of the brand in the country, as well as being responsible for the successful cooperation with Sky and with DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga, as well as a large proportion of Bundesliga clubs and several major media companies. Apart from Germany, he is responsible for Performs's activity in Austria and Switzerland. He has extensive experience to his new role, having held senior management positions at a number of major media companies for 15 years prior to his time with Opta and PERFORM.
Evidence Based Strategic Decision Making in European Football
Mark is Strategic Data manager at the Intelligence Center Analytics unit at UEFA. He received his PhD from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. In his doctoral thesis, he used machine learning techniques to explore the effect of feedback on talent performance in under pressure settings. Passionate about football, Mark also worked on two Harvard Business School case studies with Bayern Munich and TSG Hoffenheim. Prior to his doctoral thesis, Mark studied International Business at Macquarie University and the Berlin School of Economics and Law where he also founded an automated HR-services company.
Evidence Based Strategic Decision Making in European Football
Sefton is the Head of the Intelligence Center Analytics unit at UEFA. This group (newly formed in the last year) provides strategic data insights supporting top-level policymaking and decision taking in football. For the last decade he has been the author and responsible for: "The European Club Footballing Landscape" (considered an annual 'bible' for senior football stakeholder executives) which documents ‘off-pitch’ trends in club football across the length and breadth of Europe. He is also a regular contributor to various European football benchmarking reports (Netherlands, Italy, France etc) and ad hoc publications including "Licensed to Thrill". Sefton had a key role for almost a decade in the creation and development of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play projects supporting UEFA’s 55 National Associations. In the past he held a broad range of roles, from door-to-door encyclopedia selling to project leading EY due diligence and business valuations on cross- border deals. He is a chartered accountant with a bachelor of Economics from Loughborough University and an MBA in Football Industries from Liverpool University.
Paul runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A data journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and in 2016 won the CNN MultiChoice Sport Reporting Award for an investigation into people trafficking in football. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network HelpMeInvestigate.com, and has been listed on both Journalism.co.uk's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media. His books include the Online Journalism Handbook (now in its second edition), Data Journalism Heist, Scraping for Journalists, and most recently Mobile-First Journalism with Steve Hill.
Workshop: Network Visualization using Gephi
Thomas Ebermann is currently a Data Scientist at Liip where he develops new ways to make sense of transactional website / mobile data. Creating different ML models for visitor prediction / segmentation / meta-analytics / recommender systems / social network analysis etc.
Thomas was formerly working as a post-doc researcher at the IMPZ institute (now IKMZ) at the University of Zurich with Prof. Heinz Bonfadelli, where he was leading seminars about research methods and quantitative approaches to computational sociology, especially network science.
He finished his PhD at the MCM Institute in the Social Media and Mobile communication group (University of St. Gallen), where he studied large scale information diffusion patterns in online social networks. Thomas majored 2008 in Computer Science and Economics at the University of Mannheim focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia Technology and Business Intelligence. Thomas was also a researcher at the University of Waterloo and part of the CSIRO ICT research group at Macquarie University in Sydney. His work has been published in newspapers such as the FAZ, NZZ or Handelsblatt, as well as presented in conferences (Sunbelt, ASNA, SGKM,...) proceedings and leading peer reviewed european communication journals (M&K).
Alex studied the business of sport when he first set out on a career in journalism in the dark ages of 2008, looking into the ramifications of the Bosman and Kolpak rulings for example. His first job was however in news and he cut his teeth at the Express & Star daily newspaper, where he rose to the role of education correspondent before leaving to join the BBC website in Birmingham. It was in that newspaper role he became a specialist in the use of Freedom of Information laws and first began to run the rule over public accounts on the Companies House website. He is a relative latecomer to data journalism, first learning how to properly navigate an Excel spreadsheet in 2016. That steep learning curve culminated in the football finances project being discussed here. In the time since he has become a fully-fledged data journalist for the groundbreaking BBC Shared Data Unit, working on exclusive, off-diary UK-wide investigations which are used across the BBC’s outlets including on national television, radio and online at the same time as being published by up to 800 media partners across the wider industry.
Haluka Maier-Borst is part of the NZZ Storytelling Team. Before coming to Switzerland, he has worked, among tohers, as freelance journalist, volunteered for Zeit Online, Zeit, has been part of the Santiago Times team in Chile, and the Financial Times team in the UK. He was awarded with the Ernst Schneider prize for economics journalism, the journalist prize informatics and the journalist prize of Ruhr.
John Templon is an investigative data reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. He is interested in data analyses of all sorts, but has recently focused on sports and immigration. Before joining BuzzFeed, John was one of the co-inventors of the technology behind Chicago-based startup Narrative Science, which developed from a system that automatically generated sports game stories from data.
How Journalists Mold Computers Into Powerful Assistants
Barnaby Skinner studied history at the University of Basel, focusing on the Industrial Revolution and the history of technology. As a journalist, he has shifted his attention to the Digital Revolution. Today, he manages the Data Journalism Team at the leading Swiss media company Tamedia, writing mainly for the weekly newspaper SonntagsZeitung and the daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. Most recently, he has set up a data journalism CAS course with the Swiss Journalism School MAZ in Lucerne, focusing on Computer-assisted reporting.
Workshop: Introduction to Data Analytics with Python
Ulrich Woitek is a CRSA board member, a full professor at the Chair for Economic History at the University of Zurich, and the director of undergraduate studies in economics. He has published in diverse fields, ranging from applied macroeconomics and econmetrics to sports economics and anthropometrics.
Jure Stabuc is a data visualization producer at the Office for National Statistics. He recently graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in computational data journalism.
Angelo Zehr studied Multimedia Production at the HTW Chur and is now working for SRF Data where he is responsible for visualization design and implementing storytelling. His piece «20 years, 20 titles» was published in eight languages when Roger Federer won his 20st Grand Slam Title in January this year.
Tobias Berger studied media management at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and worked for several German professional basketball clubs. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. In his research, he focuses on decision-making in sports management and what impact digitalization and data analytics might have in this particular environment.
Garret Binding is a co-founder and the research manager of 49 mining, analytics and consulting GmbH. This Swiss start-up focuses on data analytics in hockey and advises the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation, the Swiss national team, and MySports among other clients. Garret Binding is also a PhD candidate at the Chair for Political Methodology at the University of Zürich.
Bruno Caprettini is an SNF Ambizione fellow at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. He received his PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and spent one year visiting Princeton. He is an empirical economist working mostly on economic development and economic history. Passionate about football, he has written a paper on the economic impact of sports teams.
Dmitry Dagaev is an associate professor and head of Laboratory of Sports Studies at Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). His research interests include tournament theory, economics and operations research in sports, game theory, social choice, and discrete mathematics. In his publications, he touches the problems of optimal tournament design. He served as a program committee coordinator of the Football Economics conferences in Russia in 2017 and 2018. Also, he is a board member of MathSport Asia - 2018 conference.
During his dissertation at LMU Munich, JProf. Andreas Groll worked on different regularization methods for generalized mixed models that allow variable selection. These methods are particularly useful in high-dimensional data set-ups, when many potentially influnential variables are available and when standard approaches fail. Main focus of his research were both likelihood-based component-wise boosting procedures and suitable L1-regularization techniques.
After his studies of business mathematics and his dissertation in statistics at LMU Munich, Andreas Groll worked as postdoctoral researcher both at LMU Munich and at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. During that period, he visited several times Prof. Trevor Hastie at the Statistics Department of Stanford University to work on regularization techniques for Cox Frailty models with time-varying coefficients. Since November 2017, he works as an assistant professor at TU Dortmund and focuses on the development of methods for variable selection and regularization for different regression settings, but also on methods for Sports Statistics, in particular, the modeling and prediction of international soccer tournaments.
Jessica Kunert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Prior to her work in Munich, she received her doctorate in political science from Leuphana University Lüneburg, and attained her master’s degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on the impact of algorithms and automation on news production and distribution, such as how algorithms are employed in newsrooms for the automatic creation of text and video. She also studies communication patterns and networks in professional and amateur sports.
Nilufer Koyluoglu is Substantive Consultant Ophthalmologist, Lecturer, Project Coordinator, Medical Retina, Artificial Vision and Translational Medicine Specialist. She initiated the Bionic Eye - Argus II Retinal Implant treatment first time in Turkey, ‘Dunyadiyabet’ and ‘See the Eye’ projects, Orbis partnership, Vodafone teleophthalmology program in Dünyagöz Hospital Group as Deputy Chief Physician and Board Member of Dünyagöz Foundaition. She supports the Turkish Blind Paralympic Athletes and Turkish Football Federation in order to add the retina awareness to concussion and neuroscience in sports medicine. She is working at Liv Hospital International and Istinye University Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Research and Development Center in Istanbul and aims that the eye would be the global symbol for the preventive medicine starting with athletes.
Michael Lechner works as professor of Econometrics at the University of St. Gallen since 1998. In 1994, he received his PhD in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Mannheim. He co-heads the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW). He is interested in the evaluation of labor market programmes, sports economics, and the development of microeconometric methods for causal inference and their link to machine learning. He has published in the Journal of Econometrics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the European Economic Association, the European Economic Review, and the Journals of Labor Economics, of Health Economics and of Human Resources among many others. He is a Fellow of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina (Halle), and the Center for Economic Policy Reseach (CEPR, London).
Jeremy Losak received his undergraduate degree in Sport Management from Syracuse University, and is currently an Economics Doctoral Candidate at Clemson University focusing on sports economics. His research focuses on how various sports leagues and entities operate, and whether their procedures are market efficient. More specifically, Jeremy is interested in betting markets, the baseball labor market, and the secondary ticket market. His previous works have been published in Managerial Finance and The Academy of Economics and Finance Journal.
Johannes is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Services & Operations Management at the University of Zurich. In 2017, he received his PhD in Sports Economics and Management at the German Sport University Cologne. He is interested in uncovering natural experiment settings in sports data and utilizing them for economic and managerial research questions. In his research, he has addressed health-related aspects of participation in sport and physical activity, labor markets in sport, and monetary valuation of intangibles. He has published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Applied Research in Quality of Life, International Journal of Sport Finance, and European Sport Management Quarterly.
Anil is the managing director of the Center for Research in Sports Administration and a doctoral researcher at the Chair for Services & Operations Management at the University of Zurich, where he pursues his PhD at the Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on sports economics and sports management. He holds a Master's degree from the University of St. Gallen in Strategy & International Management. Previously, he worked as management consultant in finanancial services, banking, retail, and e-commerce.
Petr Parshakov is an associate professor and deputy head of International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy at the Higher School of Economics (Perm, Russia). His research interests include intangibles, human capital, labor economics and eSports.
Surabhi Pasarakonda is a PhD candidate and doctoral researcher at the Chair of Work & Organizational Psychology at ETH Zurich. She received her master’s degree in Social, Organizational and Business Psychology from the University of Zurich.
Her research focuses on the impact of task and team disruptions on team familiarity, team coordination as well as team performance. Thereby, she takes a closer look at how various types of disruptions shape team dynamics in the setting of healthcare and professional sports making use of theories and concepts from psychology.
Arseniy Stolyarov is currently a researcher at the Laboratory of Sports Studies at the Higher School of Economics. Previously, he worked as a management consultant. He graduated from the Higher School of Economics and the New Economic School.
Gleb Vasiliev is currently a researcher at the Laboratory of Sports Studies at the Higher School of Economics and a co-founder of Toros Research project. He also serves as a data scientist in the banking industry. His research interests include sports economics, football performance analysis, banking, risk management, operations research, and mathematical finance.
Pamela Wicker is a senior researcher in sport economics and sport management at the German Sport University Cologne (GSU Cologne). She is an Associate Editor at two of the three leading sport management journals, i.e. Sport Management Review (SMR) and European Sport Management Quarterly (ESMQ), and an editorial board member at another six international journals, including the Journal of Sports Economics (JSE, International Journal of Sport Finance (IJSF), Journal of Sport Management (JSM), Journal of Sport & Tourism (JST), Managing Sport and Leisure (MSL), and European Journal for Sport and Society (EJSS). She has published over 100 research papers in the fields of sport management and sport economics. In her research, she focuses on the management of sport clubs, health-related and environmental aspects of participation in sport and physical activity, labor markets in sport, and monetary valuation of intangibles.
Markus Weinmann is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein. His research concerns online behavior and analytics—in particular, he examines how people judge, decide and behave in online environments. His research has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and featured in media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, and DER SPIEGEL.
Gabi Wüthrich studied economic history, English literature, and media sciences at the University of Zurich. Currently working on a PhD thesis on long-term development of human capital in Switzerland during the 19th century, with a general interest in the development of the economy, living standards and welfare in the 19th century.
Please find the list of participants below. The table will be updated regularly.
|Chris Anderson||The University of Warwick|
|Agnes Bäker||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Costas Bekas||IBM Research|
|Tobias Berger||Friedrich Schiller University Jena|
|Christoph Biermann||11 Freunde|
|Garett Binding||49 mining, analytics & consulting GmbH|
|Paolo Bizzozero||University of Zurich|
|Paul Bradshaw||BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation|
|Tom Bradshaw||University of Gloucestershire|
|Bruno Caprettini||University of Zurich|
|Urs Christen||University of Zurich, Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society|
|Dmitry Dagaev||Higher School of Economics|
|Daniel Dengl||Perform Germany|
|Helmut Dietl||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Lukas Ehold||Perform Germany|
|Bahaeddine El Fakir||FIFA|
|Laurent Favre||Le Temps|
|Reto Fehr||Watson News|
|Stefan Feuerriegel||ETH Zurich|
|Raphael Flepp||University of Zurich|
|Egon Franck||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Martin Frey||ZHAW School of Engineering|
|Thomas Friemel||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Garry Gelade||Business Analytic Ltd|
|Otar Giorgadze||Georgian Football Federation|
|Andreas Groll||TU Dortmund University|
|Janine Gygax||Ringier / Blick|
|Alex Homer||BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation|
|Samuel Hufschmid||BZ Basel|
|Simon Huwiler||Ringier / Blick|
|Dirk Ifsen||Perform Germany|
|Nir Jaimovich||University of Zurich|
|Nilüfer Köylüoglu||Istinye University|
|Jessica Kunert||Ludwig Maximilians University Munich|
|Sébastian Lavoyer||AZ Medien AG|
|Michael Lechner||University of St. Gallen|
|Urs Lehmann||Swiss Ski|
|Jeremy Losak||Clemson University|
|Haluka Maier-Borst||Neue Zürcher Zeitung|
|Philippe Meier||University of Zurich|
|Oliver Merz||University of Zurich|
|Gaku Morita||SPLYZA Inc|
|Elvis Murina||ZHAW School of Engineering|
|Iuliia Naidenova||National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia|
|Georgios Nalbantis||University of Tuebingen|
|Cornel Nesseler||University of Zurich|
|Johannes Orlowski||University of Zurich|
|Anil Özdemir||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Sofia Paklina||National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia|
|Petr Parshakov||New Economic School, Higher School of Economics|
|Surabhi Pasarakonda||ETH Zurich|
|Tobias R. Keller||University of Zurich|
|Giambattista Rossi||Birkbeck College, University of London|
|Ruben Schönenberger||Toggenburg Medien AG|
|Dominik Schreyer||WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management|
|Jure Stabuc||Office for National Statistics UK|
|Arseniy Stolyarov||Laboratory of Sports Studies, Higher School of Economics|
|Ralf Streule||St. Galler Tagblatt|
|John Templon||Buzzfeed News|
|Gleb Vasiliev||Toros Research|
|Daniel Vogler||University of Zurich, Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society|
|Konstantin Von Hesler||FIFA|
|Priska Wallimann||Ringier / Blick|
|Philipp Wegelin||Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts|
|Markus Weinmann||University of Liechtenstein|
|Christian Wellbrock||University of Cologne|
|Pamela Wicker||German Sport University Cologne|
|Rainer Winkelmann||University of Zurich|
|Ulrich Woitek||University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration|
|Gabi Wuethrich||University of Zurich|
|Angelo Zehr||Swiss Radio and Television|