Mathematical criminology and crime science

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

6-10 July 2020

Scientific Organisers

Ian Brunton-Smith,  University of Surrey
David J.B. Lloyd, University of Surrey
Alison Ramage,  University of Strathclyde
Martin B. Short, Georgia Institute of Technology
Stephen K. Wilson, University of Strathclyde

This workshop will bring together leading international experts in applied mathematics, criminology and data science to develop practical solutions for existing challenges in mathematical criminology and identify new areas for future work. Despite some progress in recent years, collaborations between mathematicians and criminologists/crime scientists are still quite uncommon, so bringing these groups together is expected to have real benefits for all involved. In particular, by involving a mix of academic researchers and law enforcement/criminal justice practitioners, we aim to ensure that academic developments are targeted at real world problems. 

Some more specific objectives of these interactions are:
1. mathematicians will be made more aware of the types of problems that criminologists and practitioners are trying to understand, and what data might be available to help understand them; 
2. criminologists and practitioners will see how mathematicians might approach and phrase these problems, and what it may be possible to accomplish towards solving them while maintaining mathematical rigour; 
3. statisticians and data scientists will gain a better understanding of the types of data routinely collected by police forces and other relevant organisations, and how these may be of use.  

To focus ideas, the workshop will target two central challenges that face empirical criminology today: 
1. how to deal effectively with the rapid growth in availability of real-time criminal justice data, and maximise the potential benefits of these new data sources through the creation of new mathematical methods based on criminology theory; 
2. how to develop good mathematical and numerical models for accurately capturing the spatio-temporal dynamics of criminal victimisation at multiple resolutions. 

Details regarding participation will appear here shortly.

This webpage will be updated periodically.

VENUE

The workshop will be held at ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT. Further infomation on the venue/facilities is available on this webpage.