The EURO working group “OR in Sports” aims to bring together all quantitative research that is related to sports in a broad sense. This is a vast domain, covering questions that range from the theoretical (say, for instance, tournament design), to the very applied (behavioral issues). However, the common denominator of this field is that it is related to sports, and that it is quantitative. Scientific research on this subject is scattered, and dispersed over many different fields, in particular operational research, economics, statistics, health-related studies, and so on.
Often, research is done independently from each other, lacking a unifying forum. It is our conviction that there is a lot of potential for collaboration. Hence, our main objective is to make these fields interact, to foster new developments in this domain, thereby improving quality of research done in our field, and increasing the visibility of the results in our field.
Our main event is the biennial MathSport conference. The latest edition was hosted by Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) from Monday 1st of July to Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 (see conference website).
Summarizing, the main objectives of the EWG OR in Sports are to:
- stimulate collaborative research between members from different institutions, and from different professional backgrounds,
- organize conferences, workshops, and seminars,
- give PhD students a forum to present their work,
- have a positive impact on sports: rules, strategies, health, and organization.
All these objectives will contribute to further improve quality of research, and to allow for fast dissemination of results into practice.