How Scientific Computing is advancing the world of Football

An overview of computational data use-cases for Python modernising today's Beautiful Game

Chiin-Rui Tan, Sara Nunnington

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In the ultra-competitive sporting world, the value of data and computing has been on the rise. When the difference between winning and losing, success and failure hinges on the smallest of margins, being able to calculate and implement optimal, timely decisions is literally game-changing, and potentially life-changing.

Football, or Soccer to others, as the most popular sport in the world, perfectly illustrates the importance of computational data-empowered decisions, both on and off the pitch. This talk, accessible to beginner Pythonistas with intermediate football knowledge, provides the audience with an overview of popular applications of Python Scientific Computing & Data Science within the ecosystem of typically well-funded clubs, but emphasising the opportunities available to democratise such enabling tech more inclusively, and benefiting a more diverse base. Example takeaways are real-world use-cases involving spatio-temporal tracking & event data, Computer Vision/video AI, tactical analysis, and player insights.

This talk ultimately supports the audience discovering this fast-growing domain and the role Python has and continues to play in advancing it globally.

Type: Talk (30 mins); Python level: Beginner; Domain level: Intermediate


Chiin-Rui Tan

Rho Zeta AI

Chiin is an award-winning technologist from London, UK with 14 years’ experience pioneering computational data innovation, skunk works, and building teams, delivering multi-million pound value across industry, government, and open-source sectors. An Economics graduate from Cambridge University, Chiin taught herself to code later in her twenties, going on to become the first Head of Data Science appointed to the UK Gov's Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she built the department's first AI and developed new open-source intelligence (OSINT) tools as per her Cyber & National Security remit.

Now the founder of Rho Zeta AI, an EdTech startup with mission to democratise modern tech literacy to youth, Chiin and her team innovate and deliver unique Scientific Computing, Data Science & AI education products, which have been achieving valuable outcomes for both students and teachers at some top London schools.

An open-source community leader, Chiin founded the AI Club for Gender Minorities, a ~900 member London meetup, where she also regularly mentors individuals without formal STEM experience into their first tech job. An original founding member of the R-Ladies Global open-source community, she is a past Linux Foundation grant recipient who co-led the establishment of this network of R user groups worldwide.

Sara Nunnington