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International Crime Science Conference 2007


SCIENCE, CRIME and SECURITY: making connections

"This is a unique conference with a very special set of criteria for its success. Of course we want you to enjoy the remarkably wide selection of papers from experienced academics, practitioners and the private sector; but most importantly we also want you to connect--not within your sectors but between.

"We hope to see academics talking heatedly to practitioners; we hope to see business representatives hearing about the needs of our security services and then showing how they can be met; we hope to see exciting new research bids emerging from the discussions." Professor Gloria Laycock, former head of the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


Welcome from Professor Gloria Laycock
10.15-11.30 Opening session: Science, crime and security: making connections

Chair: Nick Ross

  • Current and future needs of the service

Peter Neyroud, chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency

  • Response

Professor Randal Richards, interim chief executive of the EPSRC; Jane Cannon, managing director of QinetiQ.

11.30-12.00 Coffee
12.00-13.00 Plenary: Future challenges in counter-terrorism

Chair: Nick Ross

  • UK: Ken Brigden, MOD CT Centre
  • US: Dr Starnes Walker, US Department of Homeland Security
13.00-14.00 Lunch

Emerging technologies

  • Laser surface authentication: using lasers to control crime. Professor Russell Cowburn, Imperial College
  • Hologram technology and crime control. Professor Chris Lowe, University of Cambridge

Biometrics: interfacing with the  public

  • Can older adults use biometric fingerprint systems? Professor Pamela Briggs, Northumbria University
  • Biometry and forensic sciences: same quest for identification? Patrick Perror, Gendarmerie Nationale, France
  • EigenFIT: facial composite construction through knowledge integration. Dr Christopher Solomon, University of Kent
  • Evolutionary morphing of facial images for aging simulation. Dr Darren Cosker, University of Wales Swansea
  • Latent fingerprint visualisation on fired cartridge cases using scanning Kelvin probe technology. Professor Neil McMurray, University of Wales Swansea

Counter terrorism: simulation and modelling

  • Mass vulnerabilities in 3D tactics. Dr Chris Flaherty, Sinclair Knight Merz, Australia
  • The use of 3D-city models for the detection of urban vulnerable structures. Markus Wolff, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Working with business on the protection of crowded places. Dt Ch Insp Chris Philips, NaCTSO
15.30-16.00 Coffee


  • Biometric sciences for security and crime reduction. Dr Valorie Valencia, Authenti-Corp, US

Designing out crime

  • Striking sparks: crime technology and design. Professor Paul Ekblom, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; and Aiden Sidebottom, UCL
  • The deterrent effect of 23 anti-theft design factors relating to mobile phones. Jen Mailley, Loughborough University, UK
  • Don't give thieves an easy ride: a design against crime practice review. Adam Thorpe, Director of Bikeoff Research Initiative, UK
  • Design against crime as a socially responsive innovation? Professor Lorraine Gamman, Central St Martins College of Art and Design

Counter terrorism

  • What lessons were learned from 7/7? Andrew Clancy, Metropolitan Police
17.10-17.50 Practical applications
  • Mobile phone forensics: impossible evidence. Hans Taylor, Forensic Telecommunications Services
  • How organised is organised crime? Jerry Hart, i2
17.50-18.20 Plenary: What is so great about science?
  Dr Hasok Chang, UCL
18.30 Drinks reception and canapés
08.45-09.00 Registration and coffee
9.00-10.30 Plenary: securing public events

Chair: Professor Gloria Laycock

  • Peter Ryan, security consultant to the 2012 Olympics; Alphus Hinds, UN IPO advisor on major events security; Supt Ellie Bird, British Transport Police

Forensic science: changing forensic science

  • Shaping the future of forensic science. Professor Julie Mennell, Northumbria University
  • Measuring the contribution of forensic science to policing. Ian Shaw, Northumbria University
  • Contribution of footwear mark intelligence and evidence to crime investigation. Zale Johnson and Iain Wilson, National Policing Improvement Agency

Surveillance: theoretical and practical approaches

  • Surveillance and crime theory: a framework for the deployment of new technology. Professor Alex Hirschfield, University of Huddersfield
  • The complexity of video visualisation. Ralf Botchen, University of Stuttgart
  • Multi-camera calibration and event recognition. Dr Andrea Cavallaro, Queen Mary University of London
  • Analysis of applications and reliability of voice as a security biometric. Farbod Hosseyndoost, University of Huddersfield

Soil forensics: innovations in mapping and non-invasive data for criminal investigations

  • Effect of soil grain size on the geophysical response of graves: clay versus silt versus sand. David Nobes, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • The role of ground penetrating radar in forensic science. Patrick Perrot, Gendarmarie Nationale, France
  • Mapping of forensic case data. Rebecca Bucht, Graduate Centre of CUNY

Security and business

  • How to fund my idea and enter the marketplace. Richard Leaver, Pegasus Bridge Fund; Alan Watkins, Chronicle Solutions; Mark McGlade, Ingenia Technology; Professor Keith Willey, London Business School
12.30-13.30 Lunch

Surveillance: exploiting surveillance data

  • Imagery library for intelligent detection systems: future development of i-LIDS. Keith Hughes, Home Office
  • Learning activities from video: preliminary results using the i-LIDS abandoned package detection dataset. Dr Hannah Dee, University of Leeds
  • ANPR and policing: the role of automatic numberplate recognition systems in crime investigation. Alina Haines, University of Huddersfield
  • Bicycle theft detection: a linkage and re-identification task. Dima Damen, University of Leeds

Forensic science: developments

  • Maximising the benefits of forensic science in volume crime investigation. Dt Sgt Martin O'Farrell, West Yorkshire Police
  • Lab-on-a-chip for forensic measurements. Professor Zulfiqur Ali, University of Teeside
  • The psychology of crime analysis. Callum Sutherland, Forensic Science Society

Soil forensics: integrated databases and end-user needs for physical evidence

  • Meeting the user requirement: a case history. Professor Dave Barclay, Robert Gordon University
  • Developing integrated geographic soils data and analysis for crime investigation. Professor David Miller, Macaulay Institute

Future needs for security

  • A grassroots perspective on public space. Dt Insp Brian Howar, British Transport Police; Dt Sgt Richard Flynn, Centre for the the Protection of National Infrastructure
15.00-15.30 Coffee
Closing session: the application of science to security - finding an ethical balance

Chair: Nick Ross

  • Professor Gloria Laycock, EPSRC  Societal Issues Panel member; Tony Lake, ACPO lead in forensic science; Professor Steve Bain, member of the National DNA Database Strategy Board

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