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Challenges and future perspectives in automotive software

12 May 2017, 09:30 - Location: C-29

Giuseppe Lami

Automotive is witnessing a substantial innovation trend since more than a decade. Pervasiveness of electronics in vehicles determines complex challenges in terms of functional safety, cyber security and functionality in general. As present-day automobiles are becoming so computerized, it is not surprising that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is entering into some of the main on-board Electronic Control Units (ECU). A key factor is the growing presence in latest car models of sophisticated sensor technology that is accelerating the evolution of the so-called automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The seminar will address some of these challenges by providing a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in development of automotive software-intensive systems.

Modelling crime and its fear

20 April 2017, 14:00 - Location: C-29

Rafael Prieto Curiel (University College London)
Fosca Giannotti

Generally speaking, crime is a rare event, which means that traditional tools for modelling, simulating or even measuring crime are not appropriate because they are not comparable across time and populations. Its low frequency also does not correspond to the more frequent fear of crime, which means that often people are more fearful than victimised.
An estimate of the distribution of crime suffered by the population based on a mixture model will be presented, which allows new and standardised measurement of the concentration of rare events, allowing us to determine if a policy results in victim displacement rather than crime reduction, and an example using victimisation data from Mexico City will be presented.
This modelling technique allows us to consider the quantify and simulate the contagion process of the fear of crime which explains the observed miss-match between crime and its fear. Similar models might also be used for other rare events, such as human mobility patterns

Rafael Prieto Curiel: I am an applied mathematician from Mexico. I worked for the Police Department in Mexico City with spatial models of crime and policing. I did an MSc in Statistics at University College London, where now I am doing a PhD in Mathematics. I started a Mathematics Magazine called Chalkdust and I am currently its Editorial Director.

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