He helped revolutionize the way the United States enjoys one of the country’s most traditional sports, baseball. By creating an advanced tracking tool that has been used by North America’s major sports league, Major League Baseball (MLB), Brazilian Claudio Silva has won the country’s media pages and received, in 2018, a National Technology and Engineering Emmy. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATS).
A professor at New York University and a scientist specializing in the fields of computing, engineering, and data science, Silva is the guest of a special event: the official inauguration of the Commemoration 50 years from the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of the South Pacific, in São Carlos. The initiative will take place on August 25, 2:30 PM, where the Professor will teach Aula Magna towards a better understanding of Data Science in Sports, which will be broadcast on ICMC TV’s Youtube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/ATwK_rk2kfw.
Open to participation by all interested parties, the initiative does not require pre-registration. During the event, Silva will report on the path that has taken him to be responsible for changing the way teams, athletes, fans and experts see baseball, as well as revealing how technology is being used to revolutionize other sports.
“Although there has always been an interest in mathematical data analysis, this area of research has received more attention in recent years, due to the realization of the importance of statistics and the ubiquity of available data,” explains Silva. From 2012 to 2017, he served as a senior consultant for the system used by MLB, which includes several high-performance cameras installed at various key points in the stadiums along with software that produces highly interactive views of the game, providing unprecedented detail such as take pictures ( 30 FPS) for each player and the entire trajectory of the ball. All this data allowed us to understand the game on the field from a new perspective and create new metrics for evaluating clubs, scouts, players and fans.
Silva explains that we are currently facing a new scenario in the field: “Instead of the previous scarcity, analysts now have access to loads of high-resolution game data. This deluge of data requires the development of new tools for visualization and machine learning, and brings major challenges to the field of mathematical data science.” .
The professor also points out that the reality of esports (esports) is also beginning to change due to access to an ever-increasing torrent of data. Therefore, during the lecture, Silva will also explain new methods of analyzing data directly from videos and new player evaluation techniques.
The opening of Aula Magna will be the responsibility of the Director of ICMC, Professor Maria Cristina Ferreira de Oliveira. The event will be moderated by Professor Gustavo Nonato, who will send questions sent by the audience via chat to Professor Claudio Silva.
ICMC 50 years Officially established by decree published on December 31, 1971, ICMC is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. Aula Magna is part of the ICMC 50th Anniversary Calendar, which is exclusively sponsored by Santander.
The festivities will begin this year and will extend until December 2022. To begin the festivities, a visual identity has been created consisting of an official logo denoting the 50th anniversary, a commemorative seal and the slogan: “Recognize the past and project the future.”
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