Tim Leathart


just another machine learning enthusiast

I'm the AI Research Lead at Sportsflare, a company that uses AI to generate odds for outcomes in professional esports games. We are currently focusing on live odds for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In terms of research, we are mostly focused on probability calibration and sequence classification. Previously, I was a data scientist at Xero where I mainly worked with natural language from small business websites and user behaviour sequences.

I completed my PhD in 2019 at the University of Waikato, as part of the Machine Learning group. My research during my PhD mainly focused on improving aspects of nested dichotomies, a multiclass classification method that scales logarithmically with the number of classes. My supervisors were Eibe Frank and Bernhard Pfahringer and Geoff Holmes.

Outside of work, I love music & films, travel, cooking and staying active. I love hiking and playing sports, and I try to get outdoors as often as I can. Lately, I've been involved in singing in a barbershop quartet and I'm loving it!