Disney Research

Patrick is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Disney Research, where he conducts research into Sport Analytics. In this role, he is trying to model and predict movements and tactics of teams in continuous sports (e.g. soccer and hockey) and how they change as a function of different game states (i.e. score, time, expectation, injuries). The overall goal of this research is to aid in the story-telling and production of live sporting events. In addition to this, he also conducts some automatic human behavior analysis, mostly using face information.

Patrick received his Bachelor of Engineering with first class honors from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2003. In 2008; he completed my Ph.D. from the Queensland University of Technology, doing some Audio-Visual Speech Recognition. During his Ph.D., he was a research intern at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York in 2006 and also won best student paper award at the INTERSPEECH conference in 2007. He then did a Postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, conducting research into using facial expressions to aid in the diagnosis of medical conditions (such as Pain, Depression and Facial Paralysis).

When not working, Patrick is a keen traveler and a fanatical sports fan. If you need to find him, he will either be watching sport on TV (on ESPN of course) or attending a live match somewhere around the globe (normally the Australian soccer team).