Top sports leaders to attend DAIS

Top sports leaders to attend DAIS

DUBAI – Officials representing different international sports federations will be in Dubai next week as the Dubai World Trade Centre’s Sheikh Rashid Hall hosts the first Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference and Exhibition on October 14 and 15.

Being organized under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), by DSC, the two-day DAIS Conference and Exhibition will bring together top decision-makers from the world of sport and leading names from the world of Artificial Intelligence for discussions on the scope of AI’s ability to enhance every facet of the global sports industry.

Officials representing FIFA, USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA), International Skating Union (ISU), International ESports Federation, Formula E Championship and the International Chess Federation will be joining the likes of Prof Marc Raibert, founder and CEO of Boston Dynamics - a robotics company known for creating BigDog, Atlas, Spot, and Handle – and Christian Guttmann, a leading scientist and entrepreneur in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science at DAIS.

Arkady Dvorkovich, President of International Chess Federation (FIDE), will be sharing the dais with Prof Raibert, Guttmann and Stephane Houdet, a French wheelchair tennis player and former world No1, in the opening session of the Conference titled, “Looking Ahead at the Future of AI in Sport”.

Colin Webster, President of International ESports Federation, will discuss “Innovation and Development in Sports” on Day 2, alongside Dr Alexis Champion, who holds a PhD in Informatics (Artificial Intelligence), and Dr Alessio Rossi, a PhD in “Biomedical Research” and Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Pisa where he has co-authored a study titled “Effective injury forecasting in soccer with GPS training data and machine learning”.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Championship who use only electric-powered cars in their races, will speak about the “Future of Sports” alongside Bibop Gresta, chairman of crowd-sourced American research company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies; Prof Jesse Davis from the Department of Computer Science at Belgian research university KU Leuven; and Simon Clegg, who is one of UK’s most experienced sports leaders having served as Chief Executive of British Olympic Association and managed Team Great Britain athletes at 12 Olympic and Olympic Winter Games.

Susanna Rahkamo, Vice President of Finnish Olympic Committee and head of International Skating Union’s Development Commission, will be talking about “AI - a Longer Sporting Lifecycle” along with Brazilian Rigan Machado, an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who has trained the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel, Wiz Khalifa and Chuck Norris; and Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova, a winner of four Olympic gold medals and a silver, and 10 World Championship medals, and the owner of the current 400m individual medley short-course world record.

The NBA will be represented by their Vice President and Basketball Africa League President Amadou Gallo Fall, who will discuss “major championships and AI Applications” alongside Bryn Balcombe, Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers; Jan Pommer, Director of Germany’s Thoroughbred Breeding and Races federation and former Director of ESL-Turtle Entertainment, which is one of the largest eSport company in the world; and Laszlo Vajda, a former Hungarian figure skater who has served as International Strategist and Communications advisor for Beijing 2022.

Donnie Nelson, the General Manager and President of basketball operations at NBA team Dallas Mavericks, is also coming to DAIS and he will be discussing “Fans and Smart Stadiums” alongside Johannes Holzmuller, head of Football Technology and Innovation section at FIFA, and Dorukhan Acar, Board and Executive Committee member of Turkish club Galatasaray SK and its Chief Treasurer.

Those interested in attending the DAIS Conference and Exhibition, which is a unique networking platform to pitch and procure AI solutions within the sports industry, need to register through the official website, www.



What: The Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) conference and exhibition

When: Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October, 2019, 11am-7pm

Where: Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE


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