Computer science and basketball – they aren't what you'd call a likely pair.
Nonetheless, researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute are pairing the two with interesting results.
Approximately a third of basketball teams use SportVU, a technology developed by the Israeli military to track incoming missiles that has been repurposed by STATS, a Chicago-based company specializing in sports-related computing and statistics products. SportVU streams the data it gathers back to STATS, where the company's image processing and facial recognition algorithms convert the video into data files.
ISI-based computer scientists Rajiv Maheswaran and Yu-Han Chang, are taking the STATS data to the next level, by creating a program called Moneyball.
Sound interesting? Watch this week's visual, or read more about it on ISI's website.