ICT Industry Accolades for Adelaide-based data analytics firm with some notable help from CMU Interns

Posted 12th July 2017

For sports mad Carnegie Mellon University Masters in Information Systems Management students Rohan Parikh and Rohan Panikkar landing an internship working in sports analytics with Adelaide-based Pernix was a dream come true.

Little did they know when they signed up that they’d be part of a project that would take out two awards at the at the prestigious South Australian iAwards.

The Pernix Sports Analytics Platform project that they were working on won the Business Service Markets Award and received a merit in the Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year category.

The Pernix team are developing a Sports Analytics Platform which leverages statistics captured before and during game day to drive insights which can be used by the coaching and support staff to help them make informed decisions with regards to strategy; positional and return to play decisions; athlete wellness and supporter engagement.

Future developments will look at machine learning and artificial intelligence insights related to injuries, social and physical behaviour, presenting other opportunities to engage with Carnegie Mellon University.

“Pernix is a leader in the relatively new field of sports analytics, said Michael Lyons, Pernix Director of Integration & Technology.

“Our industry is fast moving and hence we need to keep an eye on the future as there are new developments daily in digital transformation.

“It was fantastic to have interns of the caliber of Rohan and Rohan who contributed significantly to the project. In particular, their studies in business intelligence coupled with latest learnings and trends in data mining and the use of digital technologies in the field of sport were invaluable”.

“And not understanding Aussie Rules when they came on board didn’t hold them back, joked Michael. They both threw themselves into the project which included watching Port Power play West Coast Eagles on a cold wet night at Adelaide Oval!!

“Our motivation to take on CMU interns was to help the students get real-world experience and for us to benefit from the latest teachings in digital transformation. It was definitely a win/win, said Michael.

As a SA iAwards winner, the Pernix team are now heading to Melbourne for a crack at the National title.

Rohan Parikh and Rohan Panikkar, both from India, commenced with Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 to undertake their Masters in Information Systems Management. They completed two semesters in Adelaide and their 280 hour internship with Pernix. They will now travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to complete their degrees graduating in May 2018.

The Pernix team has aspirations to develop High Performance Sport engagements more broadly within the USA, so have offered to keep Rohan and Rohan across future opportunities.

The iAwards are held by the Australian Information Industry Association in each State and Territory in May with a view to discover, recognise and reward the technology innovations that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale. The National iAwards Presentation and Gala Dinner will be held in Melbourne in August.

CMU wishes the Pernix Team every success.

Smiles all round as the team demonstrates the platform that took out the coveted iAward for Business Service Market. Left to right CMU Intern Rohan Parikh, Pernix Data Scientist Jeff Mills, fellow CMU intern Rohan Panikkar and Michael Lyons, Pernix Director of Integration & Technology.