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MLSA 2015 : Machine Learning and Data Mining for Sports Analytics (MLSA 15) @ ECML/PKDD 2015


When Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 11, 2015
Where Porto
Submission Deadline Jun 22, 2015
Notification Due Jul 13, 2015
Final Version Due Jul 27, 2015
Categories    machine learning   data mining   sports analytics

Call For Papers

Sports Analytics has been a steadily growing and rapidly evolving area in the last decade, especially in the context of US professional sports leagues but also in connection with European football leagues. The recent implementation of strict financial fair-play regulations in European football will definitely render Sports Analytics even more important in the coming years. In addition, there is of course the always popular sports betting. The developed approaches are being used for decision support in all aspects of professional sports:
- Match strategy, tactics, and analysis
- Player acquisition, player valuation, and team spending
- Training regimens and focus
- Injury prediction and prevention
- Performance management and prediction
- Match outcome prediction
- Tournament design and scheduling
- Betting odds calculation
Traditionally, the definition of sports has also included certain non-physical activities, such as chess – in other words, games. Especially in the last decade, so-called e-sports, based on a number of computer games, have become very relevant commercially. Professional teams have been formed for games such as Starcraft 2, Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) 2, or League of Legends, and tournaments offer large amounts of prize money and are important broadcast events. Given that topics such as strategy analysis and match forecasting apply in equal measure to these new sports (and other topics might apply as well but are not very well explored so far), and data collection is in fact somewhat easier than for off-line sports. We have therefore chosen to broaden the scope of the workshop this year and solicit e-sports submissions as well.

The majority of techniques used in the field so far are statistical. While there has been some interest in the Machine Learning and Data Mining community, it has been somewhat muted so far. We intend to change this by hosting a second Sports Analytics workshop at ECML/PKDD 2015. We think that the setting is interesting and challenging, and can potentially be a source of new data. Furthermore, we believe that this offers a great opportunity to bring people from outside of the Machine Learning community into contact with typical ECML/PKDD contributors as well as to highlight what the community has done and can do in the field of Sports Analytics.
The workshop solicits papers covering both predictive and descriptive Machine Learning, Data Mining, and related approaches to Sports Analytics settings, including, but not limited to, the list of topics above.
Two types of papers can be submitted. Long papers will be 8 pages in Springer LNCS style and should report on novel, unpublished work that might not be quite mature enough for a conference or journal submission.
Extended abstracts will be 2 pages in Springer LNCS style and summarize recent publications fitting the workshop.
Each paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Submitting a paper to the workshop means that if the paper is accepted at least one author should present the paper at the workshop.
The workshop will include invited talks, a mix of oral and poster presentations for all accepted papers, and a discussion regarding the goals, limits, and desirability of Sports Analytics.

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