David Radke

Sr Research Scientist Chicago Blackhawks dradke [at] blackhawks [dot] com



August 2018 - June 2023

PhD - University of Waterloo   Image

  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Multiagent Systems
    • Reinforcement Learning
  • Hockey Analytics

Thesis: The Impact of Teams in Multiagent Systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI): My research involves studying how teams impact the behavior that AI agents learn. This includes studying group dynamics, emergent behavior, and game theoretical incentives in challenging environments.

Hockey Analytics: I use tracking data from the National Hockey League (NHL) to develop analytics for AI systems with the goal to quantify performance in new ways, such as passing performance and player positioning.

August 2015 - May 2018

B.A. - Colorado College   Image

  • Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics

Thesis: Using Artificial Neural Networks to Predict Wildfire Spread" - Top Undergraduate Research Project by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Conference Committees

Work Experience

June 2023 - Present

Sr Research ScientistImage

Chicago Blackhawks
August 2018 - Present

Research and Teaching Assistant   Image

I spearhead several research projects on cutting-edge AI research. I also organize and grade for undergraduate computer science courses.

University of Waterloo
September 2022 - June 2023

Advisor, Hockey Research & Analytics Image

Front office advisor of analytics.

Chicago Blackhawks
September 2022 - December 2022

Research Scientist Intern   Image

Research Scientist Intern on the Game AI team.

Sony AI America
June 2018 - August 2018

Research Intern   Image

Summer research intern in the Computation department of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
May 2017 - May 2018

Undergraduate Research Assistant   Image

I worked in a research team assessing the risk of wildland fire and coastal flooding on California's Transportation Fuel Sector.

UC Berkeley
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Fun Facts


  • Hometown: Orinda, California
  • Citizenship: USA 🇺🇸 & Canada 🇨🇦
  • Language: English


  • Alumni - Assistant captain - University of Waterloo varsity men's ice hockey (OUA, USports).
  • Alumni - Colorado College men's ice hockey (NCHC, NCAA D1).

Awards & Accomplishments


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - Declined
University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS)
Hawkshaw Men's Hockey Award
USports Academic All-Canadian
UWaterloo Athletic Financial Award


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS)
Type 1 Cheriton Scholarship
Waterloo AI Institute Award
Ron and Lydia Glover Award
Math Domestic Graduate Award
USports Academic All-Canadian
UWaterloo Athletic Financial Award


1st Place Sportsnet Hockey Hackathon: Powered by Rogers 5G
Type 1 Cheriton Scholarship
Ron and Lydia Glover Award
Cherrey Bus Lines Award
Math Domestic Graduate Award
UWaterloo Community Service Award
USports Academic All-Canadian
UWaterloo Athletic Financial Award


Math Domestic Graduate Award
Math Domestic Graduate Scholarship
HockeyTech Hockey Award
USports Academic All-Canadian

Featured Publication


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Analyzing Passing Metrics in Ice Hockey using Puck and Player Tracking Data
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David Radke, Jaxin Lu, Jackson Woloschuk, Tin Le, Daniel Radke, Charlie Liu, and Tim Brecht

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Can Future Wireless Networks Detect Fires?
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David Radke, Omid Abari, Tim Brecht, and Kate Larson

BuildSys 2020
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FireCast: Leveraging Deep Learning to Predict Wildfire Spread
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David Radke, Anna Hessler, and Dan Ellsworth

IJCAI 2019


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