In 2006, Indiana University astrophysicist Chuck Bower and former world backgammon champion Frank Frigo recognized that neural net programs had already surpassed the best humans in skilled board games. They began exploring how computer simulation models could aid NFL coaches in critical play-calling decisions. Thus began the development of Zeus. This computer model shook the conventional wisdom of NFL coaches – particularly on intra-game risk management decisions. Where other models focused on the expected points of generic teams, Zeus was assessing the win probability of accurately customized opponents. The revolutionary program caught the attention of sports media, NFL coaches, analysts and owners.
It didn’t take long to realize the lessons learned on the gridiron could be applied to a host of other applications. In 2013, Chuck and Frank partnered with Sean O’Leary, former CEO of Genscape, and Edj Analytics was born. Since that time Edj has quickly pioneered new predictive modeling techniques to inform smarter decision-making in financial markets, healthcare and education.
CEO & Founder
Sean is an entrepreneurial leader committed to developing products, geographic markets, and employee growth. Before co-founding Edj Analytics, Sean was the co-founder and former CEO of Genscape, Inc. – a Louisville, Kentucky headquartered organization that monitors real-time power plant output through a proprietary network. O’Leary has been recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year which honors entrepreneurial excellence in vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses. In 2010, Genscape was also recognized as the Best Place to Work among small and medium businesses in Kentucky under his leadership. Sean is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the University of Louisville College of Business Board of Advisors, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Louisville Collegiate School. O’Leary holds a BBA degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s first MBA in Entrepreneurship class. He and his wife, Anne, along with their son and two daughters currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky.
Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder
Frank Frigo has a passion for games and markets. He is a former winner of the Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo and has held the number one international ranking for both on-line and live match play. Before co-founding Edj Analytics, he had an active career in commodity markets with an emphasis on structuring wholesale energy transactions. He has more than 20 years of experience in the power and natural gas industries. Frank has consulted with several NFL and NCAA Division 1 football programs and his work in sports analytics has been prominently featured in Esquire, Foxsports, ESPN, The New York Times and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL. He resides in Louisville, KY with his wife and two children.
Charles Bower, Ph.D.
Senior Data Scientist & Founder
Chuck has an extensive background in both computer modeling and statistical interpretation of data. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics from Purdue University and spent five years in the Bell System as a programmer analyst before returning to academic life. He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Indiana University. He was employed by NASA as an X-Ray Astrophysicist and worked on the Chandra X-Ray Satellite at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Before co-founding Edj Analytics, he was a Senior Scientist in Experimental Particle Astrophysics at Indiana University. Dr. Bower has over 40 publications in peer reviewed physics journals. He is an avid gamesman with an expertise in backgammon. He specializes in the development and statistical interpretation of computer modeling results of competitive games. Charles is married and resides in Bloomington, IN.
Simply put, our team is tasked with transforming technical data into stories and we need all hands on deck. We take pride in assembling a team of highly talented individuals who bring out the best in one another. Whether you are immersed in a complex problem one moment, or watching the big game with your co-workers the next, you are part of the team. We strive to reward well-rounded, driven people who can learn from their mistakes as well as celebrate their successes.
If you have a positive attitude, intellectual curiosity and integrity, in addition to being self-motivated and adaptable, we may be perfect for each other. Meaningful work, continuous learning and opportunity are who we are. There are so many reasons to make your mark here. If the shoe fits, wear it!
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