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Big data, AI and the future of crime and justice

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Join a conference exploring how big data and artificial intelligence can contribute to society

The University of East London (UEL) in association with the British Society of Criminology, Crime and Justice Statistics Network is holding a conference on Thursday 23 May entitled ‘Big Data, AI and the future of crime and justice’. 

Allan Brimicombe, a professor of geo-Information at the University of East London, fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a director of the British Society of Criminology, is joining forces with fellow academics; Iain Bell, the deputy national statistician at the Office of National Statistics; and representatives from the Home Office, police and government, for a conference exploring how big data and artificial intelligence (AI) can have a positive role in the future of crime and justice. The conference will take place at the University of East London's Docklands Campus.

Data and technology can be used in various ways to proactively support crime prevention and assist the police, for example: 

•Using AI to take down extremist online content
•Using predictive analysis to enable the police to disrupt hotspots 
•Provide the police with new insights into perpetrators and victims of crime 
The conference will be held at UEL’s docklands campus in east London and will bring together senior key speakers from government and academia to address the challenging issues around the use of data and AI in law and order.  As well as discussing violent crime the conference will also examine topical subjects including modern slavery and the uses of data which have been impacted by the arrival of GDPR. 

Professor Allan Brimicombe, head of the Centre for Geo-Information studies at UEL, said, “Data and their use in machine learning and artificial intelligence are having a profound effect on many aspects of society. In this conference, we are exploring the impact on crime and justice and what the near future holds. 

“The use of data is changing the way policing is carried out, how the courts are modernized and how new forms of crime and harms to society emerge. 

“In the morning senior colleagues from the Office of National Statistics, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice will be revealing how they harness Big Data and deploy machine learning.

“In the afternoon academic colleagues will discuss predictive policing and how AI is being used to combat modern slavery and other exploitative crime.”

The speakers will include:

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office of National Statistics will discuss crime data in the context of the bigger picture. 
Rupert Chaplin and Jonathan Roberts, chief data scientists, respectively at the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice will talk about their use of data science. 
Dr Anjali Mazumder from the Alan Turing Institute will focus on using data science and AI to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. 
Cristina Magder, UK Data Service will focus on big data, AI, disclosure and data quality. 
Dr Nicolas Malleson (associate professor in crime modelling) and Dr Daniel Birks (academic fellow in quantitative policing and crime data analytics) from the University of Leeds will discuss AI and data science for policy.
Professor Martina Feilzer, professor in criminology and criminal justice from Bangor University will talk about predictive policing. 
Dr Helen Hodges, research officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy will focus on youth justice. 

With an expected capacity audience, we hope that the audience will be inspired to think critically about the use of Big Data and AI in wider society more generally and in the sphere of crime and justice more specifically. 

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Thursday, 23 May 2019
9:00-16:30

University of East London

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