The 15th Australasian Conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sport

Call for Participation and Papers

(Organized by ANZIAM MathSport)

Dates and Location

The ANZIAM Mathsport 2020 meeting has been changed from a live meeting in May to an online meeting 9-11 November for the health and safety of our members and in response to travel and funding restrictions imposed by the corona-virus pandemic. The Abstracts Book and Proceedings are available below. Speaker Zoom recoding information and a draft schedule for the online meeting are both available below. 

Your Conference Team

The meeting is being organized by Conference Chair Paul Bracewell of DOT Loves Data and Victoria University, Wellington; ANZIAM Mathsport Chair Anthony Bedford and ANZIAM Mathsport Secretary Ray Stefani. Comments about this web page may be directed to

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

Keynote Speakers

Grant Elliot is a former New Zealand international cricketer. An all-rounder, his finest moment came in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against South Africa where he scored an unbeaten 84 and was adjudged the Man of the Match, putting New Zealand into their first ever Cricket World Cup Final, where he scored 83 runs against Australia. Elliott is the maker of the Buzz Cricket Bat. Luke Woodcock scored 220 with it in a first-class game. Elliot is general manager of CricHQ, a widely-used digital platform for cricket.

Liz Perry’s 18-year career as a cricket all-rounder spanned 2002-2020. In 2005, Perry began competing in Wellington. She appeared for the Blaze in 81 T20 matches and 115 List A matches, scoring 3441 runs. Her teams won six T20 championship, the last three in a row, including a championship in her final match. Liz played internationally for the Silver Ferns in 48 matches, scoring 570 runs, including an appearance in the ICC T20 grand final in 2010. She also represented New Zealand in field hockey. Since 2017, Perry has served as General Manager for Cricket Wellington.

Niven Winchester is an economist specializing in the analyses of climate, energy and trade policies using applied equilibrium modelling. His work estimating the predictive ability added to rugby (union) league tables by various bonus point schemes led to changes in international and domestic rugby bonus point systems. He is currently a professor of economics at Auckland University of Technology and a senior fellow at Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. He previously held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Otago.


The template is available here. The abstract book is available here.


The template for Proceedings papers is available here. The Proceedings is available here.

Recorded Zoom Talks

Each speaker recorded a 20 to 30-minute Zoom power point talk, created a Dropbox account, uploaded each file to Dropbox and shared with Detailed instructions may be found here. These talks are available here

Conference Schedule

The online meeting involved keynote speakers and Q&A with the speakers who recorded talks. The schedule is available here.

Comments and Suggestions

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Paul Bracewell at

Conference Fees

To support the sports community who have been victimized  by the COVID pandemic, Mathsport 2020 conference organizer Paul Bracewell will not charge fees for our online meeting.


Although the conference is online, we leave the following hotel information for future reference for travel to Wellington. The map below denotes what was to be the conference venue at Victoria University with an "X". The map also shows hotels located by Google Earth in proximity to the previous venue and listed below as they appear from top to bottom on the map. Other hotels near the previous venue are also listed below, but not shown on the map.

a map of Victoria University with nearby hotels labelled.


Hotels on the map (top to bottom): 

  • Bolton Hotel, 12 Bolton St, Wellington 6011, +64 4 472 9966
  • Sofitel Wellington,11 Bolton St, Wellington 6011, +64 4 472 2001
  • Park Hotel Lambton Quay, 101 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, +64 4 260 5000
  • Ibis Wellington, 153 Featherstone St, Wellington 6011, +64 4 496 1880
  • Novotel Wellington, 133 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, +64 4 918 1900
  • Intercontinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011, +64 4 472 2722
  • West Plaza Hotel, 110 Wakefield St, Wellington 6011, +64 4 473 1440
  • Hotel Mercure Abel Tasman, 169 Willis Street, Wellington 6011, +64 4 385 1304
  • QT Wellington, 90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, +64 4 802 8900 

Other Hotels Near Victoria University: 

  • Grand Mercure Wellingtonm 345 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6001, +64 4 385 9829
  • Quest On The Terrace, 120 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, +64 4 470 1820
  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, +64 4 499 9500
  • Gilmer Apartment Hotel, 10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington 6011, +64 4 978 1400
  • Quest Atrium, 154 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, +64 4 931 1000
  • CityLife Wellington, 300 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, +64 4 922 2800
  • Boulcott Suites, 5 O'Reily Avenue, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, +64 4 384 1070
  • Astelia Apartment Hotel, 156 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 +64 4 384 1070
  • Te Puni Village, 80 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington 6021, +64 4 470 9220
  • Trinity Hotel, 166 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, +64 4 801 8118

Backpacker Hotels: 

  • Rosemere Backpackers - BBH, 6 Macdonald Crescent, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, +64 4 384 3041
  • Worldwide Backpackers - BBH, 291 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, +64 4 802 5590
  • Trek Global Backpackers, 9 O'Reily Avenue, Te Aro, Wellington 6141, +64 4 471 3480



Updated: 12 Nov 2020