Bringing Data to the Playing Field, Dining Halls and Beyond
At University of Illinois, data is an integral part of every decision — from classroom learning to athletic performance. The women’s soccer team wears biometric sensors during practices and regularly completes surveys that track the players’ fatigue levels. By using Splunk to analyze this data, the IT team informed coaches about what kind of impact each type of practice had on their players.
In one instance, athletics officials contacted the IT department when an athlete caught a severe strain of the flu. By using Splunk to determine which other athletes had shared a public computer with the sick player, the university helped contain the illness and keep other student athletes healthy.
Soon, the university will release its own app, Rokwire, to connect students with opportunities unique to their interests. “Splunk will be the place we go to understand how our students, staff and faculty are interacting with our services,” says Vance. “For example, if an engineering student likes sports and has shown interest in a certain hobby, we’ll use machine learning to recommend a specific sporting event or advising session.” With everything from event suggestions to mobile ordering using dining hall data, the app seeks to enrich each student’s college experience from day one.