What happens when machines understand sports? As Rajiv Maheswaran demonstrates, everything changes, from how coaches coach and how players play to how storytellers tells stories and how fans experience the game.
Rajiv Maheswaran is CEO of Second Spectrum, an innovative sports analytics and data visualization startup located in Los Angeles, California. His work spans the fields of data analytics, data visualization, real-time interaction, spatiotemporal pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, decision theory, and game theory. Previously, Rajiv served as a research assistant professor within the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science and a project leader at the Information Sciences Institute at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He and Second Spectrum COO Yu-Han Chang codirected the Computational Behavior Group at USC. Rajiv has received numerous awards and written over 100 publications in artificial intelligence and control theory. Rajiv won the 2014 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-Inspired Research Award as well as both the 2014 and 2012 Best Research Paper (Alpha Award) at the renowned MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He is a frequent speaker at marquee technology conferences and events around the world. Rajiv holds a BS in applied mathematics, engineering, and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and both an MS and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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