The 13th Australasian Conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sport

Second Call for Participation and Papers

(Organized by ANZIAM MathSport)

Your Conference Team

We have quickly organized a team to move the lucky 13th meeting to Melbourne as we announced in February. Your organizing team is

  • Ray Stefani (California State University, Long Beach, USA)
  • Sam Robertson (Sports Performance Analytics, Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs)
  • Stephanie Kovalchik (Tennis Australia and Victoria University)
  • Denny Meyer (Swinburne)
  • Adrian Schembri (Cogstate)

Dates and Location

Plan to meet with your Mathsport friends at the City Conference Center of Victoria University 11-13 July, 2016. The City Conference Center is at 300 Flinders Street diagonally across from Flinders Station and near Federation Square. That is a superb location for a sports conference (in addition to hotels, pubs and shopping) since the MCG and Melbourne Park are within easy walking distance. On 10 July, the day before we start, there is a footy match between Carlton and Adelaide at the MCG. We will try to find a way for you to buy tickets seated together. For each of the three days, your conference fee will include coffee/tea before we start, coffee/tea at the morning break, lunch and coffee/tea at the afternoon break. The chef will have treats for us at each break. You will receive the Proceedings as part of your conference fee.

Keynote Speakers

We have three noted keynote speakers planned. Their presentations will cover a wide span of Mathsport topics.

  • Ken Quarrie (Sports Analyst and The All Blacks)
  • Sam Robertson (Sports Performance Analytics, Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs)
  • Gary McCoy (Bond University, Surf Lifesaving, Surf Hazard Ratings)
We hope to have guests from the Western Bulldogs speak as well.

Mathsport Activity

After our first day of talks on 11 July, your conference fee will include a visit to the National Sports Museum at the MCG. That museum has the best coverage of sports that you will experience anywhere. It will seem that Shane Warne is there to reminisce on his career. You can try your hand (or foot) at shooting a netball goal, kicking for a soccer goal and experiencing a cricket crease.

Conference Dinner

Your fee will include a conference dinner on 12 July, at the nearby Young and Jackson pub at Flinders and Swanston.

Conference Fees

The fees below are good until 1 June, 2016. After that date add, $50.

  • AustMS or ANZIAM Members $375
  • Non members $425
  • Students $325
Pay your fees online at Use the link here.

Topics for the Conference

The conference will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics of interest to sports scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, coaches and athletes. The term “sport” is interpreted liberally here and includes games and pastimes, gambling, general fitness and health-related activities.

  • Analysis of rules, adjudication, and referee decision-making
  • Application of gambling methodology
  • Competitive strategy and methods for in-game strategy
  • Computational analysis in sport
  • Econometrics in sport
  • Identification, analysis and mitigation of sports injuries
  • Mathematical modeling in sport
  • Optimal tournament design and scheduling
  • Quantitative approaches to improve coaching and optimize individual performance
  • Statistical and machine learning methods applied to motion capture and wearable technologies
  • Statistics and statistical modeling in sport
  • Teaching of mathematics and computers in sport
  • The statistics of performance measurement

Abstracts Book

The Abstracts Book with abstracts and information about the 39 talks is available here.

Proceedings and Conference Schedule

The Proceedings with information about the three keynote speakers and the two guest speakers and with the 34 contributed papers is available here. The Conference Schedule for 11-13 July, with the timing of those 39 talks (keyed to Proceedings pages), breaks, lunches, visit to the national Sports Museum and conference dinner is available here. The Organizing Committee thanks all the contributors. We look forward to a very informative and congenial meeting. If you have any questions, please contact or


There are many hotels in close proximity to the conference venue. The following list shows 12 hotels which are marked on the two maps. The City Conference Center is denoted by “CC” while the conference dinner location in denoted by “Di”.

  1. Melbourne Marriott Hotel
  2. Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
  3. Grand Hyatt Melbourne
  4. The Langham Melbourne
  5. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
  6. Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
  7. Best Western Princes Park (not on the maps, some distance north)
  8. Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
  9. Pensione Hotel Melbourne
  10. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
  11. The Westin Melbourne
  12. The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

Business Meeting

  1. As per protocol, the last action of Mathsport 2016 was the Business Meeting. As ANZIAM Mathsport Acting Secretary, Ray Stefani conducted the meeting. The following are the minutes of that meeting.
  2. The attendees thanked Ray Stefani for his efforts as conference organizer and chair. They thanked the entire organizing committee for putting on a successful conference:
    • Ray Stefani (California State University, Long Beach, USA)
    • Sam Robertson (Sports Performance Analytics, Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs)
    • Stephanie Kovalchik (Tennis Australia and Victoria University)
    • Denny Meyer (Swinburne)
    • Adrian Schembri (Cogstate)
  3. The Victoria University venue and conference staff members were complemented.
  4. It was suggested that ANZIAM Mathsport become proactive in attracting more women to take part in ANZIAM Mathsport activities. It was suggested that Netball Australia be involved.
  5. The Acting Secretary asked for input from those wanting to organize a meeting in 2018. Steve Stern and Anthony Bedford spoke about tentative plans to meet in the Brisbane area in 2018. They cited several examples of organizations in that area that are involved in sport, including Queensland U and The Queensland Academy of Sport. The latter might serve as host. Stern and Bedford spoke at length about the activities of those organization and that Netball Australia could be included. The meeting attendees voted informally to support that proposal.
  6. As per protocol, the Executive Committee of ANZIAM Mathsport was dissolved and a new Executive Committee was elected. A Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer were elected as required. As per protocol, up two four additional members may be elected. In fact, four additional members were elected. The ANZIAM Mathsport Executive Committee that will serve through the 2018 meeting includes the following:
    • Anthony Bedford (Chair, XTRADE Sorts)
    • Ray Stefani (Secretary, California State University, Long Beach, USA)
    • Steve Stern (Treasurer, QUT)
    • Stephanie Kovalchik (VU, Tennis Australia)
    • Sam Robertson (VU, Western Bulldogs)
    • Jonathan Sargent (Statson)
    • Adrian Schembri (Cogstate)
  7. A meeting of the Executive Committee was called to order by Chair Anthony Bedford. The Committee discussed the location for the 2018 meeting. The Stern-Bedford suggestion for the Brisbane area was moved, seconded and passed.
  8. Bedford asked Conference Chair Ray Stefani to conduct the rest of the Business Meeting. He thanked all present for attending a unique meeting: all 39 scheduled speakers attended and spoke on time. He thanked all attendees for a very interesting, useful and collegial meeting.
  9. The meeting was adjourned.

Updated: 13 Mar 2023