Event: The future of big data policing for law enforcement agencies

Registration via https://event.ugent.be/registration/bigdatapolicing22032023 from 23-02-2023 14:54 until 20-03-2023 17:00


In honor of his contributions to advancing criminology’s knowledge of how crime patterns form in space and time, Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology will confer an honorary doctorate on Professor P. Jeffrey Brantingham (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles). In his research on how the environment shapes crime, Professor P. Jeffrey Brantingham has laid the foundation of predictive policing algorithms. The honorary doctorate will be awarded on March 24, 2023, 3.30 p.m. during the Ghent University Dies Natalis celebration in the Aula of Ghent University. 

In addition to being a recognition for Professor P. Jeffrey Brantingham’s interdisciplinary and multifaceted contribution to criminology and a token of gratitude for the ways in which he shaped the discipline, the honorary doctorate is also an expression of the track record built by Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology in spatiotemporal criminology and applications of big data policing. In 2020, Professor Christophe Vandeviver (Ghent University) received a Ghent University Research Council Research Professorship to pursue research in spatiotemporal criminology. Most recently in January 2023, Professor Wim Hardyns (Ghent University) was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant by the European Commission to expand his research on big data policing. Combined this has led to the establishment of a center of expertise on the spatial and temporal analysis of crime and applications of big data policing.

In the lead-up to the conferral of the honorary doctorate, Ghent University Faculty of Law and Criminology is organizing a study seminar on the future of big data policing in the Belgian police. During this study seminar, Professor P. Jeffrey Brantingham will share his expertise and insights regarding predictive policing. Professors Christophe Vandeviver and Wim Hardyns will introduce the expertise on this topic that has been developed within the Faculty, paying close attention to how law enforcement can benefit from this expertise.

The study seminar takes place on Wednesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Zebrastraat. 

Participation is free, but registration is required.


Program (chair: Prof. dr. Christophe Vandeviver)

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The Future of Big Data Policing for Law Enforcement Agencies

Zaal Nick Ervinck - Zebrastraat 32/001 - 9000 Gent

22-03-2023 13:00 - 18:30