Dr. Brian Macdonald to Speak | St. Lawrence University Math, Computer Science, and Statistics

Dr. Brian Macdonald to Speak

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Brown Hall

Please join the Mathematics Department and speaker Dr. Brian Macdonald.  Refreshments will be provided.
Title: "Using analytics for league realignment and player evaluation in sports"
Abstract:  We give examples of how data visualization, analysis, and optimization can be used within the National Hockey League, and in the sports industry in general, in a variety of different contexts. We first  present an example of how optimization techniques can be used at the league level to help make decisions about realignment when a team relocates, or when a new team is added to the league. We also discuss how analytics can be used to assist a team’s front office, coaching staff, and scouting department when they make personnel or coaching decisions.


Brian Macdonald
Principal Consultant, GreaterThanPlusMinus, LLC
Adjunct Professor, Department of Management Science, University of Miami
Adjunct Professor, Sports Analytics, Florida Atlantic University College of Business

Brian is currently Principal Consultant at GreaterThanPlusMinus LLC, which specializes in all aspects of data science and analytics in sports, business, medicine, and education.   He is also currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management Science at the University of Miami, and an Adjunct Professor in Sports Analytics in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University.

Brian previously spent four seasons as Director of Hockey Analytics with the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, where he was responsible for analyzing data in both hockey operations and business operations. He also spent six years as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.