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The USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group is a hub dedicated for data analytics projects in sports.

We are a group of academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students who are passionate about applying analytics to solve diverse problems arising from various sports.

About

The USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group is the first ever research group in Sri Lanka formed to conduct research, dedicated to sports analytics. It was originally launched with the aim of supporting university students who are interested in engaging in research that applies statistics to solve various research problems related to sports. Another goal of the group is to popularize and promote sports analytics research in Sri Lanka. Our research group harnesses a wealth of expertise in statistics, data science, and sports science through the Department of Statistics itself and its collaborators.

Research areas

To date the group has initiated/conducted several projects related to cricket, Soccer, Volleyball, Taekwondo, and other sports. These projects focused on:

  • Improving player/team performance of ODI batters.
  • Improving player/team performance of Test batters.
  • Ranking of Taekwondo players.
  • In-game prediction in Volleyball
  • Evaluating the impact of different strategies adopted by badminton players.
  • Evaluating the impact of different strategies adopted by Swimmers.

People

The USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group is led by Dr. Rajitha M. Silva.

Academics:

Dr. Chitraka Wickramarachchi

Dr. Niroshan Withanage

Dr. Chathuri Jayasinghe 

 

Collaborators:

  • Prof. Tim Swartz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • Associate Professor Anthony Bedford, Senior Performance Analyst, ISPAS Level 5, Racing and Sports Statistician, Australia.
  • Associate Professor Martí Casals, National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Barcelona. Sport and Physical Activity Studies Center (CEEAF), University of Vic
  • Assistant Professor Tianyu Guan, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Brock University, Canada
  • Dr. Harsha Perera, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • Dr. M. K. A. Ariyaratne,  Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, USJ, Sri Lanka.
  • Ms. Dovini Jayasinghe, Department of Mathematics, USJ, Sri Lanka.
  • Mr. Kusal De Silva, Faculty of Graduate Studies, USJ, Sri Lanka.
  • Mr. Dilshan Priyadarshana, Department of Physical Education, USJ, Sri Lanka
  • Department of Sports Science, USJ, Sri Lanka.

Projects:

Details of projects recently completed/currently being undertaken by the USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group:

2021/2022

  • Survival analysis in Sports
    • C. Jayasinghe, R. M. Silva

2020

  • A biomechanical analysis of upper body anthropometries involved in forehand overhead smash in badminton
    • W. R. I. Fernando, R. M. Silva, W. N. N. K. Perera
  • A biomechanical study of lower body power on push start in swimming
    • P. M. V. S. Perera, R. M. Silva, W. N. N. K. Perera
  • Analysis of attacking game patterns of top and bottom teams in Dialog Rugby League
    • W. P. Wickramasinghe, C. Wickramarachchi

2019

  • Player Ranking in Taekwondo: A Bayesian Elo Rating System.
    • T. S. N. Peiris and R.M. Silva
  • An Investigation of Survival Abilities of Opening Batsmen in One-Day International Cricket
    • S. S. S.Kottearachchi, C. L. Jayasinghe, R. M. Silva

2018

  • Bayesian Logistic Regression Approach for In-Game Prediction in Volleyball
    • N.A.K.S.R. Kumara, R. M. Silva

2017

  • An analysis of batting consistency in ODI Cricket using one-sided EWMA control chart
    • K.K.D.S. De Silva, R. M. Silva

 

Consult us

The USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group can assist players and coaches/clubs to help their players/teams to reach their full potential by providing scientific solutions to their problems through application of statistics/data science and development of software solutions.

 

Publications

Details of projects recently completed/currently being undertaken by the USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group:

 

 

Resources 

Introductory video : https://youtu.be/14sPvZY_AkI

Events

1. Invited talk at EDEX HYBRID EXPO 2022

EDEX HYBRID EXPO 2022 was held on 26th-27th March, 2022 at Royal MAS Arena with the aim of providing Sri Lankan students with an unique opportunity to learn about local and global education for the first time though both physical and virtual platforms. As usual it brought Sri Lankan students a plethora of choices, options and opportunities to pursue their higher education aspirations. This time, attendees at the expo on the 27th got a golden opportunity to listen to Dr. Rajitha M. Silva, Dr. Chitraka Wickramarachchi and Mr. Janith Wanniarachchi of Department of Statistics, USJ on a live platform on “Data Analytics and Applications in Sports”. Dr. Chitraka elaborated on Data Analytics and why it is imperative to use data analytics to make informed decisions and evidence based decision making. Dr. Rajitha then went on to speak about how data analytics can be applied and has been applied to find answers to scientific questions in sports and thereby make effective decisions. Mr. Janith, a final year BSc (honours in Statistics) student at the department, talked about netball analytics and also demonstrated an app that was developed recently by the Sports analytics research group, USJ before closing the session.

Contact us

Visit us

Address: Department of Statistics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Location: Third floor, NFC Building, Faculty of Applied Sciences

Phone: +94 11 2 758 905

Postal Address

USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group

(c/o Dr. Rajitha M. Silva)

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Gangodawila, Nugegoda,

Sri Lanka

Key contact

Dr. Rajitha M. Silva – Coordinator, USJ Statistics in Sports Research Group

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Email: rsilva@sjp.ac.lk