XLRI- Xavier School of Management is all set to host the 1st ever ‘MathSport Asia 2018’ Conclave from 10th - 12th December, 2018 at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur.


‘MathSport Asia 2018’ is the inaugural conference of a series of biennial conferences that will be held across Asia, under the aegis of MathSport Asia – a group of academicians and practitioners interested in the promotion and development of the application of mathematics, statistics and computing in sports in Asia.


Leading researchers in the field of sports analytics namely, Prof. Tim Swartz of Simon Fraser University, Canada; Prof. Steven Stern of Bond University, Australia; Prof. Dries Goossens of Ghent University, Belgium and Prof. Nobuyoshi Hirotsu of Juntendo University, Japan would be joining the conference. The conference would also have practitioners from the field of sports analysis like Mr. Ramakrishnan, S from Sportsmechanics India Pvt Ltd, Mr. Gaurav Khilari from Jamshedpur Football Club and Mr. Amit Kini from Sportzinteractive as speakers.


Elaborating about the initiative, Prof. Uday Damodaran, Professor of Finance at XLRI and MathSport Asia Board Member said, “Asia, the largest and most populous continent on Earth, has a long tradition of sports. Traditional Asian Sports like wrestling and archery survive even today in forms unchanged over centuries. The globalization of sport has brought new sports, coaching techniques and methods to the continent. MathSport Asia seeks to play the role of a catalyst in encouraging the use of Mathematical and Statistical Analysis in Sports in Asia by organizing Conferences and Workshops, by encouraging research in the area and facilitating its dissemination. MathSport Asia will also seek to promote the teaching of mathematics and statistics using sports.”


“Despite being the first conference of its type, the response we received was overwhelming. We have received as many as 80 papers out of which 63 papers are selected for presentation. 124 researchers have shown interest to present their work in the technical sessions,” Prof. Damodaran further added.


The three-day long conference would have experts discuss on topics like –

Mathematical Models in Sports; Performance Measures and Models; Optimization in Sports; Statistics and Probability Models; Match Outcome Models;, Competitive Strategy; Game Theoretical Models; Optimal Tournament Design and Scheduling; Decision Support Systems; Analysis of Rules and Adjudication; Econometric Modeling of Sports; Analysis of Sporting Technologies; Mathematics Education and Sport; Computationally Intensive Methods; Financial Valuation in Sports; E-sports (gaming) and Betting and Sports.


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