Sports Analytics Challenge

Participate in a unique contest: revolutionise football using your science skills!

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Since 2011, Paris Saint-Germain has made exceptional progress to become one of the most successful and attractive sports clubs in the world. Innovation is at the heart of the club’s progress strategy. Hence, since 2012, a Sports Performance team has been working with the first team, analysing data and implementing ways to help the club achieve greater sporting success. Paris Saint-Germain is now a sporting pioneer taking innovation even further by launching the ‘Sports Analytics Challenge’: an elite data science programme. The programme is run in partnership with École Polytechnique and will allow the most outstanding analyst from anywhere in the world selected using a thorough process to work at École Polytechnique's Center for Applied Mathematics (CMAP, Joint Research Lab between the CNRS/École Polytechnique). The student selected will spend a year analysing the club's sports data and perhaps revolutionise its training methods.

 

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École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 40% of students and 39% of faculty members). École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris. L’X has embarked on an ambitious plan to develop high-level scientific research into sports and parasports and aims to become an international leader in the field by working with the best academic institutions as well as top-level sports partners, such as Paris Saint-Germain.

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