PIMS Hot Topics Workshop on Computational Criminology

  • Start Date: 09/19/2012
  • End Date: 09/21/2012

Simon Fraser University


The goal of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians with an interest in working on crime modeling and analysis with researchers directly connected with real-world problems. This is a workshop based on computational criminology, an emerging field that takes the growing need for improved ways to use mathematics and computational techniques in understanding crime patterns and in developing methods for predicting and forecasting crime. The workshop will have mathematicians and a group of PhD students and Post-Docs interested in the field as the core group with a small number of theoretical criminologists working in the field. It will include presentations by mathematicians, special activities designed for the PhD students/Postdocs as well think-tank sessions for the mathematicians and criminologists. The location of ICURS (Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies) on the SFU campus with their expertise and database on urban criminology is an additional attractive feature of this event.


Invited Participants:

Julio Aracena (U Concepción, Chile)
Jose Miguel Benavente (U Adolfo Ibáñez)

Henri Berestycki (U Chicago & EHESS)

Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA)

Jeff Brantingham (UCLA)
Donald Brown (U Virginia)
Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford U)
Rolando de la Cruz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Maria R D'Orsogna (California State U, Northridge)

Yves van Gennip (UCLA)

Huiyi Hu (UCLA)
Blake Hunter (UCLA)
Alejandro Jofre (CMM & U Chile)
John Johnson (US Army RDECOM)
Theodore Kolokolnikov (Dalhousie)
Jose Larenas (US Army RDECOM)

Raul Manasevich (CEAMOS & U Chile)

George Mohler (Santa Clara U)
Mario Primicerio (U degli Studi di Firenze)
Nancy Rodriguez (Stanford U)

Martin Short (UCLA)

Milind Tambe(USC)
Richard Weber (CEAMOS & U Chile)
Richard Wortley (University College London)
Joseph Zipkin (UCLA)

Local participants:

Alejandro Adem (UBC)

Gary Bass, RCMP West (Retired) 

Patricia Brantingham (SFU)

Vahid Dabbaghian (SFU)

Richard Frank (SFU)

Uwe Glasser (SFU)

Pavol Hell (SFU)

Michael Ward (UBC)


Tentative Schedule - please check back for updates regarding content and room numbers.


All lectures held at IRMACS (SFU)


Day 1 (Wednesday, Sept 19):


8:45-9:00am Welcome and opening by Norbert Haunderland, Associate VP Research, SFU and Gary Bass, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS), SFU (Theatre)

9:00-9:50am Andrea Bertozzi (Theatre)

10:00-10:50  George Mohler (Theatre)

10:50-11:10am COFFEE BREAK (Atrium)

11:10-12:00 Gunnar Carlsson (Theatre)

12:00-1:30pm LUNCH BREAK (Atrium)

1:30-2:20pm Mario Primicerio (Theatre)

2:30-3:20pm Jeff Brantingham (Theatre)

3:30-4:00pm COFFEE BREAK (Atrium)

4:00-4:50pm  Raúl Manasevich (Theatre)

5:00-5:50pm Michael Ward (Theatre)


6:00 - 7:30pm RECEPTION (Atrium)


Day 2 (Thursday, Sept 20):


9:00-9:50am Donald Brown (Theatre)

10:00-10:50am Milind Tambe (Theatre) 

10:50-11:10am COFFEE BREAK (Atrium)

11:10-12:00 Theodore Kolokolnikov (Theatre)

12:00 - 1:30pm LUNCH (Atrium)

Afternoon Parallel Lectures:

1:30-2:00pm Maria D'Orsogna (ASB 10908) / Yves van Gennip (Theatre)


2:00-2:30pm Jaime Ortega (ASB 10908) / Richard Weber (Theatre)


2:30-3:00pm Nancy Rodríguez (Theatre) / Rolando de la Cruz (ASB 10908)



4:00-6:15pm Background discussion/break out groups  

  *Data analysis in criminology (Theatre)
  *PDE models for crime hotspots (ASB 10908)
  *Point process models for repeat activity (ASB 10901)
  *Network structure and dynamics for organized crime (ASB 10940)
  *Vector spaces/Game theory and offending (ASB 10917)
  *Agent-based models (ASB 10925)

7:00pm  DINNER at Horizons Restaurant


Day 3 (Friday, September 21):


8:30-10:30am  Breakout groups continued

10:30-11:00am COFFEE BREAK (Atrium)

11:00-12:45pm  Reports/conclusions (Theatre)


Organizing Committee:

Alejandro Adem, PIMS & UBC

Patricia Brantingham, Simon Fraser University

Andrea Bertozzi, UCLA

Martin Short, UCLA

Raul Manasevich, University of Chile


This workshop is kindly sponsored by:


Other Information: 

Registration closes Monday, September 10, 2012




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Simon Fraser University Burnaby, IRMACS http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/home/contact



Rooms at a special rate have been reserved at the Delta Vancouver Suites in downtown Vancouver. 


Run of House Suite 

 - Single              $189 

 - Double             $189 

 - Extra Person +$30

Deluxe Suite 

 - Single              $229

 - Double             $229 

 - Extra Person +$30

Signature Club Suite 

 - Single              $239

 - Double             $259 

 - Extra Person +$30


Currently room rates are subject to the following taxes and fees: 

  1) State/Provincial Hotel Room Tax    2.0% +HST

  2) Harmonized Sales Tax                   12.0%

  3) Destination Marketing Fee            1.5%


To secure this rate reservations must be made by August 17, 2012. After that date the rate will be honoured on an availability basis. 

Individual reservations can be made by contacting the in-house Reservations directly at either 604.689.8188 or 1.888.663.8811, by email at vancouversuites@deltahotels.com, or by calling the Central Reservations Office at 1.800.268.1133. Requests can also be made through Delta Hotels & Resorts web page at www.deltahotels.com


When reserving, guests must mention the group name "PIMS Workshop" to ensure they receive the appropriate rate and are included in the guest suite block. All reservations must be made with a valid major credit card number and expiry date, or an advance deposit for the first night's room and tax. 


Arrival day: Tuesday, September 18 - evening

Departure day: Friday, September 21 - afternoon


Additionally, Simon Hotel has a limited number of rooms available on campus. The details can be found by clicking here.


There will be a $50 registration fee to cover coffee breaks, lunch, and administrative costs.  Please use the "register" or "signup" link below (whichever option you see) to confirm your spot at this event.



For details on parking at SFU please click here.


For a map with lot locations please click here.


Directions From the hotel to SFU:

Please visit http://goo.gl/maps/Qc9W to see a map with transit or driving directions to Simon Fraser University from the Delta Suites.


Can view the visitor information page at IRMACS http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/research/visit-irmacs for information on getting to and around SFU/IRMACS.

From YVR (Vancouver International Airport) visitors take a taxi or public transit to their hotel. For information on taxi, rental cars and Skytrain (public transit) services visit: http://www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr.aspx. The cost of a taxi from the airport to downtown is approx. Cdn $35.

The most economical way to travel from downtown Vancouver to SFU Burnaby and IRMACS is via public transit. Ask your hotel concierge to direct you to the nearest Skytrain station. Participants can take the Millennium Line train to Production Way-University station and transfer to the 145 bus line to the main SFU transit exchange. From the bus loop, participants will walk south (towards the water fountains) through the Cornerstone Town Square to the Applied Science Building (ASB). The link for trip scheduling and fares can be found at http://www.translink.ca/
Participants travelling by taxi to SFU/IRMACS should ask to be dropped off at the Applied Science Building. A campus map can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/main/campuses/maps-and-directions/burnaby-map.html. Taxis should travel up Gaglardi Way to the main campus, turning right (east) on South Campus Road, then turn at the 2nd left (north) on Cornerstone Mews. The Applied Science Building is on the left. The cost of a taxi from downtown Vancouver to SFU is about Cdn $45; participants may want to share the ride and expense.
Driving instructions can be found at https://www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/sub/about/maps-and-directions/burnaby.html

Once on campus, there will be signage directing participants to IRMACS. For more information, phone IRMACS’ reception at 778.782.7064.


Visit mathtube.org to view lecture videos (http://www.mathtube.org/conference/lecture_video/Hot%20Topics%20in%20Computational%20Criminology) and photos (http://www.mathtube.org/photos/hot-topics-computational-criminology)