I am a PhD student in CSAIL at MIT. I work with Professor John Guttag in the Data-Driven Inference Group. My academic interests are primarily in the application of Machine Learning to sports and medicine.
My primary research interests are understanding how we can use machine learning to better understand sports. We've reached somewhat of a "golden age" in sports analytics, and for sports such as basketball and soccer, rich datasets are being collected to describe every event that takes place in a game or tracking all of the players in real-time. However, it is not always clear how to best utilize these data. My investigations are focused on using machine learning to pick up subtle patterns in game dynamics and team strategy in basketball and soccer to highlight interesting patterns, strategies, or player advantages that may not be immediately obvious.
In the past, I've also conducted research on applying machine learning to medical signals. My Master's thesis was on understanding the relationship between Alcoholism and EEG.
- Developing a Data-Driven Player Ranking in Soccer using Predictive Model Weights. Joel Brooks, Matthew Kerr, John Guttag. The 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2016), August 2016. (Slides)
- Using Machine Learning to Draw Inferences from Pass Location Data in Soccer. Joel Brooks, Matthew Kerr, John Guttag. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The ASA Data Science Journal, October 2016.
- Recognizing and Analyzing Ball Screen Defense in the NBA. Avery McIntyre, Joel Brooks, John Guttag, Jenna Wiens. Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, March 2016.
- Rapid Data Exploration and Visual Data Mining on Relational Data. Gartheeban Ganeshapillai, Joel Brooks, John Guttag. Proceedings of the KDD 2014 workshop on Interactive Data Exploration and Analytics (IDEA), August 2014.
- Discrimination of alcoholics from non-alcoholics using supervised learning on resting EEG. Joel Brooks. Master's Thesis, MIT, October 2013.
- To Crash or Not To Crash: A quantitative look at the relationship between offensive rebounding and transition defense in the NBA. Jenna Wiens, Guha Balakrishnan, Joel Brooks, John Guttag. Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, March 2013.
In my spare time, I like to go on neature walks, climb things, and play a bit of Ultimate Frisbee. I'm frequently daydreaming about my next expedition with my lifetime adventure buddy (sometimes dog tags along also).