E31 Kevin McLaughlin, VP Operations at Kitman Labs

Kevin McLaughlin is an ex-Leinster rugby player who is the now the VP of Operations at Kitman Labs. In the show, he discusses what Kitman Labs is all about, their success with the Irish rugby team, how they help athletes and coaches manage their data, and much more!

Welcome to episode 31 of AI in Action, the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

Today’s guest is Kevin McLaughlin. Kevin is an ex-Leinster rugby player who is the now the VP of Operations at Kitman Labs. Kitman Labs are the industry-leading sports analytics company who use Artificial Intelligence to increase athlete performance and health through the world’s first Athlete Optimization System.

No other athlete optimization system has empowered teams to better results with 41% of fewer days lost to injury, 31% fewer server injuries and 65% fewer season-ending injuries. Over 20 elite sports teams across 35 leagues on five continents rely on Kitman Labs’ powerful insights to put their best team on the field and outperform the competition.

In this really interesting episode today, Kevin will tell you about:

  • Making the transition from playing pro rugby into a career in Data Science
  • What Kitman Labs is all about
  • Their role with the Irish Rugby Team
  • The importance of personalised treatment for each player
  • Creating success stories for their clients
  • Expanding into US Sports, such as Baseball and American Football
  • How they help players and coaches manage their data
  • What’s in store for the future at Kitman Labs



What did you make of Kevin’s podcast? Where do you see the future of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science heading in the next few years? We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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AI Awards 2018 Finalists Revealed!!
Connecting Ireland’s AI ecosystem for a higher purpose

A big congratulations to the 24 finalists who have been shortlisted for the inaugural AI Awards. We wish them the best of luck at the Shortlist Presentations which will take place at the Gibson Hotel on Friday 28 September.

The AI Awards is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, advancing and rewarding corporate and academic excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation, research & development and products.

It is our mission to support the AI community by recognising the hard work and dedication of those working in the field and to help promote and market Ireland globally as the first-choice home for AI investment and job creation in research and product development.

You can see the full list of this year’s finalists over at www.aiawards.ie

Author: AI Ireland

AI Ireland is a non-profit, community-led initiative that aims to showcase and share the knowledge in Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We host monthly meetups, run the AI in Action podcast and will hold the AI Awards this November. Our goal is to bring together players in the field of AI in order to forge and strengthen ties, and to celebrate the development of AI for the greater good.

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