A few short stories about sports and data


Event details

Date 27.09.2023
Hour 18:0019:00
Speaker Prof. Anette (Peko) Hosoi
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
In most professional sports, every physical attribute of an athlete that can be measured is tracked and recorded. There exists an abundance of (relatively) high quality data — in football, basketball, baseball, cricket, etc. — which makes sports an ideal testing ground for new analyses and algorithms. In this talk I will describe a few studies that lie at the intersection of sports and data.  Topics may include: the origin of the increase in home runs in Major League Baseball; the public health impact of allowing fans in American football stadiums during the pandemic; the role of skill and chance in sports and other activities; measuring “court sense” i.e. an athlete’s decision-making ability in basketball; and / or the design of optimal running shoes.

Anette (Peko) Hosoi is a Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago and went on to become an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the MIT Department of Mathematics and at the Courant Institute, NYU. She is a leader in the study of the hydrodynamics of thin fluid films and in the nonlinear physical interaction of viscous fluids and deformable interfaces. Her work spans multiple disciplines including physics, applied mathematics and biology, with a focus on optimization of crawling gastropods, swimming microorganisms and soft robotics. Her passion for sports has led her to create MIT Sports Lab, a program that is designed to build an interconnected community of faculty, students, industry partners, alums and athletes who are dedicated to applying their technical expertise to advance the state-of-the-art in sports.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


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