Great Problems Great Minds Seminar Series: Crime Geography and Crime Analysis

Join the Department of Social Sciences for a Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Lin Liu, Professor of Geography and GIScience at the University of Cincinnati. The event will take place on February 16 at 12:40 p.m.

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University, his master’s degree in remote sensing, and his bachelor’s degree in geography from Peking University. His research centers around urban crime in the US and China. He is regarded as a leading scholar on crime geography in the Chinese context. He has published scholarly articles on these topics in top journals, such as the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. His research has been funded by multiple national level research grants. He has chaired over 15 international conferences.

Spatial analysis of crime has gained increasing attention during the past thirty years, coupled with the growth of geographic information systems. This presentation provides a theoretical framework that systematically categorizes crime geography and crime analysis into the following: uncovering spatiotemporal patterns of crime distribution, such as crime hotspots; explaining these patterns and discerning major contributing factors based on multivariate regression modeling; predicting future crime patterns using machine learning and other predictive methods; developing crime prevention approaches based on historical and future crime patterns; and evaluating the effectiveness of crime prevention, to find out if crime is reduced in the targeted area and whether the nearby areas are affected by the intervention. The latest development, opportunities, and challenges will be introduced.

“Crime Geography and Crime Analysis” event will take place on Zoom meet at this link. The event is part of the Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series, which explores the major problems facing humanity as we move into the heart of the 21st century. To see the full schedule and videos from previous events, visit the seminar series page.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Hao Huang at