February 13, 2018

SPORTLOGiQ Talks Data at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2018

This article incorporates information from two articles originally published on the SPORTLOGiQ’s Blog.


SPORTLOGiQ is bringing its AI-powered sports analytics to the world’s biggest sports analytics conference

SPORTLOGiQ is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on February 23-24. The team is excited to be part of the event and to help drive the conversation on how technology is shaping hockey analytics and the sports industry.

The conference is attended by industry experts from both on and off the field and provides a forum to discuss the role that analytics and innovation play in sports. This year’s edition will feature high profile speakers, including former President Barack Obama, Gary Bettman, and Nate Silver.


Panel: Hockey Analytics on the Fly

SPORTLOGiQ’s Director of Hockey Analytics, Christopher Boucher, will be a speaker on this year’s sole hockey panel. As the leader in advanced hockey analytics, SPORTLOGiQ is proud to present the panel.

Hockey Analytics on the Fly boasts an impressive speaker lineup and brings together leaders from across the hockey industry. Speakers include, Dan Bylsma (Former NHL Head Coach, Penguins & Sabres), Chris Snow (Director of Hockey Analysis, Calgary Flames), John Chayka (GM, Arizona Coyotes) and, of course, Christopher Boucher. The panel will be moderated by the Athletic’s Alison Lukan and will take place on Friday, February 23rd at 8:30AM.

The panel will explore analytics from a variety of perspectives within the NHL and will take a look at how the league is harnessing new technologies to capture data. It will also address the challenges front offices and coaches face in tailoring strategy to insights derived from analytics and how to communicate data in a language that everyone understands. Finally, panelists will discuss the future of hockey analytics and the game-changing impact of player tracking technology.

Christopher Boucher is a data analyst and Director of Hockey Analytics & Services at SPORTLOGiQ. He worked as an NHL team consultant for 7 years and has over two decades of experience in hockey analytics and micro-stats. Christopher is the creator of the first-ever complete and binary NHL micro-stat tracking system and the creator of the micro-stat definitions used by 24 NHL teams. He is recognized as a leader by the NHL thanks to his ability to transform micro-stats into actionable data for coaches and players in a way that is easy to digest.

Christopher hopes to bring more insight to the panel discussion about how data is currently being communicated and consumed within the NHL at both the management and coaching level. He will be able to elevate the discussion with his deep data knowledge and unique perspective on hockey analytics.

“I am honored to be on the panel alongside such an impressive roster of speakers. I look forward to providing the audience with more insight on hockey analytics.”

Exhibition and paper presentation

SPORTLOGiQ will also be an exhibitor at the conference—showcasing its revolutionary AI-powered sports analytics. Finally, its AI team will be presenting a research paper it funded on the analysis of game events using hockey and basketball datasets.

Greg Mori, SPORTLOGiQ advisor and director of the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, will be presenting a research paper, Deep Learning of Player Trajectory Representations for Team Activity Analysis. The paper is about identifying player actions and team activities in games using hockey and basketball trajectory data. The research was funded by SPORTLOGiQ and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The patent, owned by SPORTLOGiQ, is pending.

In case you missed it, thier academic team also presented a research paper last year, Clustering and Ranking NHL Players Using Location Information and Scoring Impact.