NetCrime 2017

2nd Symposium on the Structure and Mobility of Crime

NetSci2017 Satellite

June 20, 2017 - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

We have never lived in a safer world!
Despite the good news, crime is still prevalent in most large cities. In the USA, the FBI reports that in 2013 there were about 3,098 crimes per 100,000 habitants, with 2,730 of them being property crimes and 367 violent. Unveiling the structure and the dynamics of criminal activity can lead to a better understanding of crime as a whole which in turn can help us provide better cities to our citizens.

The understanding of crime activity has for a long time puzzled government officials, law-enforcement officers, and researchers. Law enforcement tends to be reactive and many times a step behind criminal activity. What if we could change this “game”? What if we could give the police an edge by making them understand criminal structure and perhaps prevent some activity before it takes place?

This event has been put together to bring researchers from various fields including, criminology, sociology, physics, computer science, mathematics, law-enforcement to an open forum to discuss the role of Network Science in understanding the structure and dynamics of crime.
Submission deadline: March 3, 2017 March 10, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 26, 2017
Deadline for early registration: May 4, 2017
NetSci dates: June 19 to 23, 2017
NetCrime date : June 20, 2017 (morning)

Call for abstracts
We invite submissions extended
abstract (2 pages max) via EasyChair.

A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest include:

  • Understanding crime as a complex system;
  • criminal networks;
  • crime modeling;
  • dynamics and structure of transnational crime;
  • dynamics of criminal hotspots in cities;
  • dynamics of terrorist events;
  • crime prediction in cities;
  • spatial regularities of crime in cities;
  • use of social media for crime analysis;
  • dynamics of cyber-crime;
  • interplay of criminal events and social-economic factors;
  • use of communication data in criminal activity;
  • detection of criminal organization in cities
  • relationship between human mobility and crime;
  • visualization of illegal activities;
  • social network analysis in crime data
  • network-based tools for analyzing crime
  • visualization of criminal data in cities
  • and others.
Submissions will be evaluated and selected by the Program Committee, based on the adherence to the workshop theme, originality and scientific quality. Once an abstract has been accepted, at least one author is required to attend the workshop and present the paper. Please note that the participants must register in the NetSci general conference.
Keynote speakers

Maria Rita D'Orsogna
California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles
The mathematics of crime

Applying mathematical tools to criminology is a relatively new but promising and exciting avenue of research. In this talk we present several examples of mathematical models that are meant to frame and analyze basic sociological findings such as the broken windows e ect and repeat victimization theories. We discuss agent based models and partial differential equations to study to burglary and the spread of opportunistic crime, game theories to investigate the role of informants within a violent society, stochastic simulations to model recidivism and rehabilitation efforts and a network model to study possible methods of dismantling a growing criminal organization. Some of our results are confirmed by data and experimental realizations conducted on actual human subjects in a behavioral laboratory.

Event program
8:20 - 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 - 9:10 The Analysis of Communication Patterns of Criminal/Terroristic Groups in Action (To be confirmed)
Raoul Calao
9:10 - 9:30 Street network effects in near-repeat burglary victimisation
Toby Davies
9:30 - 9:50 Chicago Crime and House Prices: From Analysis to Prediction
Noemi Derzsy, Boleslaw K. Szymanski and Gyorgy Korniss
9:50 - 10:10 Unveiling the structure and predicting missing links of the network of political corruption in Brazil
Luiz G. A. Alves, Alvaro F. Martins and Haroldo Ribeiro
10:10 - 10:30 On Fighting Fire with Fire: A Computational Framework for Strategic Induction of Instability on Dynamic Terrorist Organizations
Vahid Behzadan and Mehmet Gunes
10:30 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 11:30 The Mathematics of Crime
Maria Rita D'Orsogna
11:30 - 11:50 Human Mobility as Proxy for Crime: Towards a Quantitative Approach for the Routine Activity Theory
Carlos Caminha, Vasco Furtado, Tarcisio Pequeno, Caio Ponte, Hygor Melo, Erneson Oliveira and José Andrade
11:50 - 12:10 Crime and ambient populations
Remi Boivin
12:10 - 12:30 Using Social Media to Assess Neighborhood Social Disorganization: A Case Study in the United Kingdom
Diogo Pacheco, Marcos Oliveira and Ronaldo Menezes
12:30 - 12:50 Intelligent Policing – a Holistic Network Approach for Real-World Operation
Tao Cheng
12:50 Lunch Break

Program Committee
  • Carmelo Bastos-Filho, University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Toby Davies, University College London, UK
  • Alexandre Evsukoff, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Giacomo Fiumara, University of Messina, Italy
  • Luigi Laura, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Matjaz Perc, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Michael Porter, University of Alabama, USA
  • Bruno Requião da Cunha, Federal Police, Brazil
  • Haroldo Ribeiro, State University of Maringá, Brazil
  • Sarah Wise, University College London, UK


Marcos Oliveira
Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Hugo Barbosa
University of Rochester, USA
Ronaldo Menezes
Florida Institute of Technology, USA

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