July 6, 2017
Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Crime Room knowledge hub initiative. The Crime Room is a unique and innovative partnership between JADS and law enforcement and local authorities in the Brabant region. It will integrate data science into crime fighting and community policing activities. Most importantly, this initiative will be looking to analyze and get a grip on the surge of organized crime that is steadily becoming a serious threat to the very fundaments of our society and the rule of law.
The region of Brabant is a thriving, high-tech region. It’s also a region that’s fast gaining the unwanted reputation of haven for thriving cannabis and synthetic drugs production. Criminal organizations running these illegal businesses, often also have a sideline in human trafficking and prostitution. Reason for the regional police, the prosecutor’s office and the city authorities of Tilburg, Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch to join forces and seek collaboration with JADS to find ways in which to successfully map and counter such organized crime.
Prof. dr. Willem-Jan van den Heuvel - Director of Studies JADS - will be heading the Crime Room initiative. The Crime Room will focus on short, cyclical research. While the Crime Room will stimulate knowledge growth and the development of relevant crime-busting algorithms, measurement of the results of preventative and repressive measures is the main goal.
Operating as an agile intelligence hub, the Crime Room will be located on Mariënburg campus in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This regional public-private partnership aims to expand to become the national expert center on repressive and preventative measures and their effects on organized crime. Preventing, tracking and tracing of law- and society-undermining activities will be studied from the broadest perspective, including: behavioral science, law, big data and analytics. In a world in which criminal organizations operate across national borders, Crime Room research activities will also be partnering with European and international initiatives. An international conference is planned for the beginning of 2018, to be held on Mariënburg campus.
The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is an ambitious initiative of Tilburg University, Eindhoven University of Technology, the City of 's-Hertogenbosch and the Province of Noord-Brabant. The Academy offers seven bachelors and masters programs at three locations (TU Eindhoven, Tilburg University and Mariënburg Campus). Plans are to eventually be able to accommodate between 1,500 and 2,000 data science students from around the world. The programs are innovative and truly multi-disciplinary. This is especially true for the Mariënburg Campus where researchers and students work in close collaboration with industry within a unique educational concept.
Jheronimus Academy of Data Science intends to become a center of knowledge and activity where future-proof, real-world solutions are developed, and that will improve the region’s competitive position. The Academy is a high point in a tradition of collaboration in the areas of social and technical innovation.