BIG DATA IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, Zagreb, 7 - 8 November 2017



The Police College is organizing an international scientific and professional conference under the title „Big Data in Law Enforcement: from Reactive to Proactive“.
  • The abstract submission deadline for active participants – 15 October 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts – 22 October 2017
  • Deadline for registration – 15 October 2017
  • Submission of full papers for publication in the special issue of the journal “Policija i sigurnost” (Police and Security) – 5 December 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of full papers – 4 February 2018
The so-called big data have become more and more available in recent years and they are applied in a vast number of industries. Nowadays, numerous applications of collecting and processing big data exist in the field of law enforcement, which can improve and even replace existing methods. Thus, it is possible to predict and prevent crime and potentially dangerous social behaviour and to detect terrorist threats at an early stage.


In addition to a large number of available data, nowadays there are numerous sophisticated methods like data mining, deep learning, social network analysis, natural language processing, open source intelligence, social physics and many others.

It is possible to identify potential terrorists based on the software analysis of their vital signs, body language and other psychophysiological behaviour patterns. By means of big data and geographic information system it is possible to locate areas, groups and persons that require special attention, further investigation and an enhanced presence in certain areas. More and more cities around the world have started to employ predictable policing.


Throughout the first day of the Conferencescientific programme consists of welcome speeches, 12 lectures delivered by experts and socializing with eminent guests from our country and abroad. About 20 poster presentations of state-of-the-art topics will be presented to participants in the foyer of the conference venue with the possibility to talk to the authors.

Throughout the second dayof the Conference professional programme consists of presentations of available commercial tools and software intended for police investigators and other law enforcement agencies. Throughout interactive workshops, exhibition stands and poster presentations participants will get an insight into the possibilities of improving work with big data for faster and better analyses, data visualization, profiling, prediction methods, extracting previously hidden information, social network analysisand open source intelligence.

This Conference is intended to bring together scientists andexperts from the fields ofICT, criminal investigation, police science, security and related fields and other experts dealing with this topic.

The themes of the conference will cover the following research areas:
  • Data mining in prediction and prevention of crime
  • Social network analysis used for locating risk groups
  • The application of natural language processing to open source intelligence
  • Processing psychophysiological signals for predicting, preventing and combating crime
  • Legal, sociological and crime-related aspects important for working with big data
  • Big data in IT security
  • Geographic information system in law enforcement
  • Predictions of socially dangerous behaviour
  • Predictive policing
  • Other information sources important for improving police work.

The conference will be held at the Police College in Zagreb ( (Avenija Gojka Šuška 1, Zagreb, Croatia) on 7 - 8 November 2017.
The official languages of the conference are Croatian and English.
The abstracts will be published in the Conference proceedings and the authors can submit their papers to be published in the special edition of the journal „Policija i sigurnost” (Police and Security).


Active participation:
  • Oral presentation: the time allocated for the presentation of an individual research or topic is 15 minutes with further 5 minutes allowed for discussion. The goals and/or problems of the empirical research, methodology, findings and conclusions must be clearly presented.
  • Poster presentation: presentation of different topics which allow a greater interaction between the author and other participants during the poster session. Dimensions of a poster should not exceed the B1 format (707x1000 mm). If the poster shows findings of an empirical research, the structure should comply with the structure of a scientific paper (Introduction, Methodology, Results (not necessarily preceded by a Discussion), Conclusion and References).
  • Workshop: at interactive workshops the authors/presenters present their products – available commercial tools and software. If individual work with computers is needed at the workshop suitable rooms will be provided.
  • Exhibition stand: authors/presenters present their products at the exhibition stands – available commercial tools and software intended for police investigators and other law enforcement agencies.

Active participation at the Conference Day One – SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME:
Active participation at the Conference Day Two – PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMME:
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