4 April 2012
The Security Science Spring School will be a one-day
taster course held on 4 April 2012 from 9.30am to 6pm. It is for students interested in going on to do PhD research in
the security or crime domain. It is held at University College London (London campus) and is aimed at second and third year undergraduates, and current
Masters students, from UCL and other universities. Preferably you will
be interested in going on to do PhD research in the security or crime
domain at some stage.
Students must be registered in a scientific department: for example archaeology, chemistry, (civil, environmental, electronic, mechanical) engineering, psychology, linguistics or geography.
The Security Science Spring School will allow students to:
- Gain an understanding of 'security science'
- Carry out a 'taster' multidisciplinary research project
- Develop presentation and team-working skills
- Network with students and academics from the security field
- Familiarise themselves with UCL's security research environment
- Make better informed career choices
- A certificate will be awarded to those who complete
This year the Spring School will focus on two projects, in which students will participate:
(i) PAMELA experiment - This experiment observes crowding in micro-level urban environments, in this case at bus stops. Various parameters associated with self-organization behaviour in crowded groups will be measured with state-of-the-art engineering tools; positional data will be collected with a wireless motion tracking system, gaze allocation using an eye-tracker, and anxiety using a wristband recording galvanic skin response (GSR). Students will have the opportunity to use this equipment and contribute towards a project aimed at mapping crowd behaviour in crime-related situations.
(ii) Museum experiment -The aim of the project is to assess the security system of a local Museum in order to mitigate the risk of an explosive attack. Assessing the risk involves evaluating the probabilities and consequences of different possible scenarios. Data need to be collected to determine these probabilities and consequences.
9.30 Welcome with tea, coffee and biscuits
9.45 Introduction to Crime Science
10.10 UCL SECReT – UCL’s Security Science Doctoral Training Centre
10.30 Guest seminar by security practitioner from industry
12.30 Leave for Tuffnell Park campus or Museum
1.00pm Mini-research project: PAMELA experiment or Museum experiment
3.00pm Mini-research project: PAMELA experiment or Museum experiment
4.00pm Return to UCL
4.30pm Final round-up and Certificates presentation
5.15pm Drinks, snacks and cake & meet current SECReT students
Application deadline 23 March 2012- APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
To apply you must complete a short application form. We are looking for bright students with a good academic record and a genuine interest in the field and in eventually going on to do a PhD.
- Dates: 4 April, 9.30am to 6pm
- Costs: The Spring School is free for those selected to attend.
- Food and accommodation: Lunch is provided, but breakfast and evening meals will be at the student's own expense. For those traveling from reasonable distance outside of London we will provide up to £100 towards travel and accommodation.