Keynote Speakers

Prof. Daniel Link, Tecnical University of Munich, Germany

Lecture title: Sports Analytics – How (commercial) sports data create new opportunities for sports science


Dr. Daniel Link has been working has a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Sports and Health Sciences at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since 2010. After receiving a master degree in computer science and a PhD in sport science, his research focusses on data analytics in team sports. This includes technological aspects of data acquisition, analysis of spatiotemporal tracking data as well as physical and tactical performance indicators. Daniel Link supports the German Professional Football League (DFL) regarding sports analytics and works together with several German national teams in implementing game analysis into practice. He is a reviewer for many international journals, member of dvs-section sports informatics and reviewer for the main German founding agency for sport science (BISp).

Prof. Miguel-Ángel Gómez-Ruano, Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Education (I.N.E.F.), Polytechnic University Madrid, Spain

Lecture title: Science into practice of performance analysis in sport (physical, technical and tactical factors)


From March 2011 Lecturer in Sport Sciences Faculty, Technical University of Madrid. Taught: Statistical Analysis in sports science (Master); Notational Analysis in sport sciences (Master); Assessment and evaluation in Physical Education (Master); Applied teaching methodology in sport (Bch); Sport Management (Bch); Planning and Organizing Physical education (Bch). Oct-2008- February 2011 Assistant Teacher in Faculty of Education, Complutense University of Madrid. Taught: Teaching methodology in physical education. (Bch); Self-expression activities (Bch); Coeducation in Physical education (Bch); Games in primary school (Bch). Researcher in various projects such as: 2015-2018 Research in the Project “The study of game complex and performance profiling in elite badminton (COMPLEXBAD)” funded by the Spanish Sport Council. Ref: DEP2015-67231-R.; 2015-2016 Research in the Project “Creativetalent” funded by the Real Madrid College. Ref: 2015/06RM.; 2013-2015 Research in the Project “Development of Intelligence sports assessment tools: applications to the eligibility system in basketball for people with intellectual disability” funded by the Spanish Sport Council. Ref: DEP2012 33649.; 2011-2013 Research in the “Network in performance analysis in basketball” funded by the Spanish Sport Council.; 2011-2012 Research in the Project “Iberian Congress on basketball research VI”, funded by the Spanish Sport Council. Ref: DEP2011-14333-E.; 2009-2011 Research in the Project “Iberian Congress on basketball research V”, funded by the Spanish Sport Council. Ref: DEP2009-05764-E.

 Prof. Eldin Jelešković, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lecture title: How to use performance analysis data in strength and conditioning


He  published a great number of scientific and professional papers (over 60), and co-authored three books: ‘Notation Analyses in Football’, ‘Management in Sport’ and “Soccer for Children”
– Managing changes, copy editor of ‘FASTO 2003-2010’, – Managing changes, a member of the editorial board- ‘Book of abstracts-International Symposium NTS 2011′. He also participated in a great number of national and international conferences and symposiums. He has been employed as a teaching assistant in the subject of football at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, as well as a teaching associate in many other university subjects in all graduate and post-graduate studies since 2008. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education on March 5th 2012 after completing his dissertation : ‘Defining Analyses in Basic Motoric and Functional Abilities within the Framework of Situational Efficiency in Different Competing Levels and Positions of Football Players within the Team’.  Since 2017 he has been employed as an Professor in the fields of: Transformational Processes and Organisation and Management.  He holds UEFA ‘PRO’ licence.

Prof. Koh Sasaki, Nagoya University, Japan

Lecture title: Network centrality analysis to determine the tactical leader of a sports team


Professor Dr. of Nagoya University, Japan, Dr.Sasaki was a former of Performance Analyst with Japanese Rugby at Rugby World Cup, and now a head of Technical Development Division of Japanese Rugby Football Union(JRFU). He also is a member of National Coach Academy in Japanese Olympic committee(JOC).

Prof. Ryan Groom, Manchester Metropolitan University | MMU · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Lecture title: The use of video-based performance analysis in the coaching process

Dr Ryan Groom is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Program Director for the MA/MSc Exercise and Sports degrees at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Ryan was a co-editor for the Research Methods in Sports Coaching and Learning in Sports Coaching (Routledge) books. He has over ten years’ experience working in elite soccer analysing team and individual player performance. He has staffed 42 full England international matches, over 100 English Premier League games, 30 UEFA Cup matches and 2 League Cup Finals (2008 Winners vs Chelsea Football Club; 2009 Runners Up vs Manchester United Football Club).

Vinny Hammond – Irish Rugby High Performance Analyst

Lecture title: The use of performance analysis in an international environment… from spreadsheet to pitch

Vinny is the High Performance Analyst with Irish Rugby with an applied background in Sports Management and Performance Analysis. He completed his BSc in Sports Management at University College Dublin, followed by a MSc in Performance Analysis in Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2015, he was awarded an Irish Research Council Scholarship in conjunction with UCD, to complete a PhD in the area of performance analysis systems development within high performance sport. Vinny works predominately with the Irish national rugby team, who in 2018 were crowned 6 Nations Grand Slam champions. In 2017, he was part of Warren Gatland’s analysis team for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.