STATS’ Artificial Intelligence Team Selected to Present with Top NBA Personnel at Las Vegas Conference

AI Engineer to Present Runner-Up MIT Sloan “Bhostgusters” Paper at the Las Vegas Summer League Sports Business Classroom on July 11

CHICAGO – July 11, 2018 – STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, confirmed a speaking opportunity at the Las Vegas Summer League’s Sports Business Classroom 2018 Program.

On Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. PDT, Aditya Cherukumudi, Computer Vision Algorithms Engineer at STATS, will present on the panel, “Sloan Analytics” at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. Cherukumudi is joined by Andrew Hartnett, Software Engineer at Argo AI (formerly with Disney Research Pittsburgh) and Rachel Marty, a Ph.D. candidate in bioinformatics at UCSD. Hartnett and Cherukumudi will present “Bhostgusters: Realtime Interactive Play Sketching with Synthesized NBA Defenses,” the second-place finisher at this year’s prestigious MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

“I look forward to joining Andrew Hartnett and Rachel Marty as we discuss some of the leading research in player-tracking technologies,” said Cherukumudi. “The paper is the result of a fruitful collaboration between STATS, Disney Research and the Technical University of Munich. ‘Bhostgusters’ presents so many unique opportunities for NBA teams to utilize deep-imitation learning and improve the process for making in-game adjustments.”

“Bhostgusters” was a collaboration with Dr. Patrick Lucey, Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at STATS; Thomas Seidl, Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Munich; Cherukumudi, Hartnett; and Peter Carr, Senior Staff Engineer at Argo AI, formerly with Disney Research. The paper presents a new way for NBA coaches to communicate in-game strategy to players through play-sketching from a data-driven perspective. By using a powerful analytics framework built on deep-imitation learning, the team created an intelligent and highly intuitive user interface.

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