Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics


2020 UConn Sports Analytics Symposium

2020 UConn Sports Analytics Symposium

Conference Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Virtual through WebEx Event


The UConn Sports Analytics Symposium (UCSAS) focuses specifically on students (graduate, undergraduate, and high school) who are interested in sports analytics. Organized by the UConn Statistical Data Science Lab of the Department of Statistics, UCSAS aims to: 1) showcase sports analytics to students at an accessible level; 2) train students in data analytics with application to sports data; and 3) foster collaboration between academic programs and the sports industry.

Keynote Presentations
Thompson Bliss, Data Scientist, National Football League
Estimating the Impact of Travel, Rest, and Playing at Home in the National Football League

Ron Yurko, PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
Going Deep: Models for Continuous-Time Within-Play Valuation of Game Outcomes in American Football with Tracking Data

Stephanie Kovalchik, PhD, Senior Data Scientist at Zelus Analytics
Making the Intangible Tangible: Using Mixture Models for Estimating Latent Quantities in Sports

ESPN Sports Analytics Team, ESPN
Redesigning NBA Basketball Power Index

Poster Session

A poster session is scheduled for 10:50–12:50. We invite submissions from all, especially students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate), with interesting works on any topics of sports analytics. The submission deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020. A student poster award (possibly named after a sponsor), decided by the Student Poster Award Committee, will be presented at the closing ceremony. The poster session also serves as a networking mixer. Grab a drink while enjoying the virtual poster session and networking.

Training Workshops

One-hour workshops are offered in three concurrent sessions of two hours (13:00-15:00). Led by experienced (sometimes former) graduate students from the Department of Statistics at UConn, they provide training from jumpstart to advanced sports analytic skills.

• Concurrent Session A (Introductory)
– 13:00–13:50: Introduction to R: Tuhin Sheikh
– 14:00–14:50: Introduction to Python: Jun (Bruce) Jin

• Concurrent Session B (Intermediate)
– 13:00–13:50: Baseball Analytics with R: Dr. Zhe Wang
– 14:00–14:50: Basketball Analytics with R: Jackson Lautier

• Concurrent Session C (Advanced)
– 13:00–13:50: Web Scraping for Sprots Data with R: Yaqiong Yao – 14:00–14:50: Data Visualization with R: Yiming Zhang


The symposium is open to anyone with an interest in sports analytics. The registration fee is minimal ($5) to get an accurate count for workshop planing and logistics.