ML and Data at Riot Games Presented by Wesley Kerr
At Riot we aspire to be the most player-focused game company in the world, and as part of that we leverage data to improve the player experience. In this talk I will go through several data projects I have been part of at Riot and how we leverage data and machine learning in fun and interesting ways.
Wesley Kerr is the Head of Technology Research at Riot Games. He holds a PhD from the University of Arizona in Computer Science where he performed research at the intersection of game development and artificial intelligence. His first tour at Riot Games began in 2013, working as part of the initial Big Data team building the foundations for all future data products. He took a detour to Google where he worked for Google Research on improving search and discovery for games in the Google Play Store. After returning to Riot in 2016 he's worked on League of Legends building products like Your Shop and helping curb disruptive behavior on our player dynamics team. Over the last two years he has had the privilege of being tech lead for data and helping steer updates to our data foundations in order to support another ten years of Riot Games. In his latest role, he will be focused on expanding the research capabilities across all of technology for Riot as we set off on our next chapter at Riot.