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OII Colloquia: Artificial Intelligence for policing

Date & Time:
17:15 - 19:00,
Thursday 23 November, 2017


In this talk we provide an overview of how Artificial Intelligence and technology development can contribute to existing policing practices. In particular, we will discuss three different projects conducted in the context of the Centre of Policing Research and Learning of the Open University ( The first project, policing engagement via social media, provides an overview of how police forces in the UK make use of social media to communicate with the public, and what attracts citizens to engage with social media policing content. The second project, detecting grooming behaviour on social media, describes the problem of child grooming online, and our proposed approach to automatically identify the different stages of grooming behaviour from online content. The third project, radicalisation detection on social media targets the problem of online radicalisation, where individuals are introduced to extreme views, primarily through the use of social media. Within this context our work focuses on the detection of pro-ISIS stances and on the understanding of the processes that influence the adoption of radicalised behaviour.

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  • Dr Miriam Fernandez
  • Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
  • Dr Miriam Fernandez is a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Open University, and a senior member of the Social Semantics and Web Science group. Before joining KMi, she was research associate at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain and software engineer at Google Zurich, Switzerland. Her research is at the intersection of the Web Science (WS) and Semantic Web communities (SW), where she has contributed with more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in various leading conferences and journals for well over a decade. She has extensive expertise in leading EU and national projects as work package leader, Pi and Co-Pi, with TRIVALENT and COMRADES being the most recent ones. She frequently participates in organising committees and editorial boards of the top SW and WS conferences, recently being program co-chair of the International Semantic Web conference in 2017, and serving as editor for the Journal of Web Semantics.