Welcome to my blog! My name is Jan Van Haaren and I have been a close follower of the soccer analytics community for the past decade. I have published several papers in top-tier academic conferences and journals. I won the best paper award for Actions Speak Louder Than Goals: Valuing Player Actions in Soccer with Tom Decroos, Lotte Bransen and Jesse Davis in the Applied Data Science Track at the International Conference on Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining 2019.
I am currently Chief Analytics Officer at Dutch soccer analytics company SciSports and a Research Fellow of the DTAI research group at KU Leuven. A trained computer scientist, I obtained a PhD in Machine Learning from KU Leuven in 2016. My research interests are at the intersection of sports analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer science.