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KDD 2023 Header Welcome to KDD 2023 Entertainment, Sports and Media Day

KDD Special Days are satellite events co-hosted with the main conference with special emerging topics that are appealing to the KDD community. They are either half-day or one-day events with the forms of invited speakers, panel discussions, and demos, with the goal to discuss the trends, identify challenges, and provide visionary insights and solutions.

As KDD 2023 comes to the home of Hollywood, we are pleased to announce the special day on Entertainment, Sports and Media (ESM) Day. It will be a full day event where we will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry in the field of ESM. The topic of interests includes but not limited to:

Invited Keynote Speakers

Tracey Ho Chris H. Wiggins Adam Hussein
Tracey Ho Chris H. Wiggins Adam Husein
VP of AI Products, Second Spectrum Chief Data Scientist, New York Times SVP, Global Data Science & Analytics, Warner Bros
Mike Band Zhutian Chen Phil Martin
Mike Band Zhutian (Zhu-Tian) Chen Phil Martin
Senior Manager of Research and Analytics, Next Gen Stats at NFL Incoming Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities VP of Data Products and ML Strategy, FOX Corporation

KDD 2023 Entertainment, Sports and Media Day Program

Day: Aug 7 (Monday), 2023 8am - 5:30pm

Room: 101A

Time Domain Title Speaker(s)
8:00 - 8:10 Kickoff Exciting opportunities for AI in Sports, Media and Entertainment Special Day Chairs
8:10 - 9:00 Entertainment The Secrets of the Data Science Behind Hollywood’s Magic Adam Husein
9:00 - 9:50 Sports Next way of seeing sports Tracey Ho
9:50 - 10:10   Coffee Break  
10:10 - 11:00 Media Data science @ the New York Times Chris H. Wiggins
11:00 - 12:00 Panel AI Opportunities in Sports, Media and Entertainment Adam Husein, Tracey Ho, Chris H. Wiggins
13:30 - 14:00 Sports Next Gen Stats @ NFL Mike Band
14:00 - 14:30 Sports When Data Meets Reality Augmenting Sports Scenes with Visualizations Zhutian (Zhu-Tian) Chen
14:30 - 15:00 Sports Moments Phil Martin
15:00 - 16:00 Sports Selected Paper Presentations Selected Paper Speakers
16:00 - 16:45 Panel The Tech Playbook: How AI and ML are Redefining Sports Mike Band, Zhutian (Zhu-Tian) Chen, Phil Martin
16:45 - 17:30 Sports GenAI for Sports Workshop Henry Wang

Learn more about each keynote

The Secrets of the Data Science Behind Hollywood’s Magic

Learn about the Data Science that goes into making your favorite Movies and TV shows in “The Secrets of the Data Science Behind Hollywood’s Magic.” This talk offers a captivating dive into the intertwining worlds of data science and entertainment. Through personal experiences, innovative case studies, and invaluable insights, Adam unveils how data science, analytics, and AI shape the stories that enchant us. This talk will take you behind the scenes to show you groundbreaking analytics tools revolutionizing content creation, and provide a rare glimpse into the data-driven core of the entertainment industry. Attendees will walk away with practical knowledge and best practices that are as applicable in Hollywood as they are in any industry.

Next way of seeing sports

Artificial Intelligence, in particular Machine Learning and Computer Vision, are transforming sports. In this talk, we give an inside look at new technologies and capabilities that sports teams, leagues, broadcasters and other partners are leveraging to fundamentally change many aspects of sports, from team analytics to personalized fan experiences, in places like the NBA, NFL and English Premier League.

Data science @ the New York Times

The Data Science group at The New York Times develops and deploys machine learning solutions to newsroom and business problems. Re-framing real-world questions as machine learning tasks requires not only adapting and extending models and algorithms to new or special cases but also sufficient breadth to know the right method for the right challenge. I’ll first outline how unsupervised, supervised, and reinforcement learning methods are increasingly used in human applications for description, prediction, and prescription, espectively. I’ll then focus on the ‘prescriptive’ cases, showing how methods from the reinforcement learning and causal inference literatures can be of direct impact in engineering, business, and decision-making more generally.

Next Gen Stats @ NFL

Since its inception in 2016, the NFL’s Next Gen Stats group has revolutionized football statistics. Through the utilization of player tracking data, NGS has developed a series of innovative metrics, many of which powered by distinct machine learning models. Each model delves into a unique facet of the game, contributing to comprehensive metrics that can evaluate the performance of not only individual players but entire teams and beyond. From Completion Probability to Expected Rushing Yards and the intuitive Fourth Down Decision Guide, I’ll guide you on a fascinating journey through the many machine learning models in production at Next Gen Stats.

When Data Meets Reality Augmenting Sports Scenes with Visualizations

Augmented sports videos have become increasingly popular among sports enthusiasts worldwide. They combine embedded visualizations and video effects to present data overlaid on videos to effectively communicate sports insights. However, creating these videos can be challenging, requiring significant time and video editing skills. In this talk, I will present a set of human-AI systems that ease visualizing data into sports video to enhance data-experiences for sports games. These systems enable natural interactions, such as using natural language or gaze, to interact with in-game data, catering to experts, general audiences, and fans alike. I will share ongoing research endeavors aimed at creating a more immersive, interactive, and enjoyable game-watching experience for the future.


Moments are what define fandom. FOX believes in harnessing the power of the data and ML/AI to contextualize these moments to offer up new and exciting experiences that revolutionize fandom. In this talk, Phil will share how FOX leverages data to create products that attract and retain viewers, while redefining personalization and hyper-engaging fans.

Panel Discussion: AI Opportunities in Sports, Media and Entertainment

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Panel Discussion: The Tech Playbook: How AI and ML are Redefining Sports

Time: 16:00 - 16:45


If you are interested in sponsoring this event or to be a speaker/panelist of this event, please contact:

ESM Day Organizing Co-Chairs

Shenghua weehyong haining
Shenghua Bao (Amazon) Weehyong Tok (Microsoft) Haining Yu (Amazon)

Workshop on Data Science and AI for Sports (DSAI4Sports) Organizers

We are excited to announce that the ESM Day is joining force with KDD 2023 Workshop on Data Science and AI for Sports (DSAI4Sports). The DSAI4Sports workshop aims to bring together interested researchers and practitioners at the intersection of AI/ML and sports analytics. We will offer a platform to exchange research ideas, identify research opportunities and challenges in applying AI/ML for sports analytics, engage in thoughtful discussions, and foster the development of a research community centered around this field. Both the ESM Day and the DSAI4Sports workshop will take place on the same day (Aug 7th) and in same conference room.

Huan Panpan Lin Lee Henry
Huan Song (Amazon) Panpan Xu (Amazon) Lin Lee Cheong (Amazon) Henry Wang (Amazon)