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VRG Seminar: Abused, Beaten and Branded: Chefs’ Experiences of Kitchen Violence and Why They Choose to Remain
May
28
12:30 PM12:30

VRG Seminar: Abused, Beaten and Branded: Chefs’ Experiences of Kitchen Violence and Why They Choose to Remain

Cardiff University lecturers, Rebecca Scott and Robin Burrow, will deliver a presentation for their paper “Abused, beaten and branded: Chefs’ experiences of kitchen violence and why they choose to remain”. Their seminar will look at the mechanisms that condition willingness to endure harm in the workplace.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Information Extraction and Analytics from Social Media and Online Marketplaces for UK Illegal Plant trade, military intelligence analysis and breaking news
Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Seminar: Information Extraction and Analytics from Social Media and Online Marketplaces for UK Illegal Plant trade, military intelligence analysis and breaking news

Dr Stuart E. Middleton: Information extraction and analytics from social media and online marketplaces for UK illegal plant trade, military intelligence analysis and breaking news

Near real-time information extraction from social media streams, online marketplaces and online forums is providing a new 'virtual sensor' capability for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). End users such as law enforcement agencies (e.g. UK Border Force, National Crime Agency), emergency response agencies (e.g. Tsunami early warning centres, Civil protection authorities) and news agencies (e.g. Deutsche Welle, BBC News) and  are all actively investigating how best to use this new data to support their day to day decision making requirements.

Research challenges in the area of online information extraction include how to assess the veracity of content, how to respond to its dynamic nature and how to develop algorithms which can cope with the growing volumes of online data. In the online world fake news is rife so analysing the sentiment, stance and provenance of sources is very important. Automated fact extraction and checking is a challenging task and still very much in its infancy. However techniques are emerging to support human verification processes, identifying contextual information around factual claims for cross-checking and collating content from different viewpoints and sources to develop a balanced picture of what is going on. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Extraction (IR) approaches typically work with either large web-scale corpuses of example posts, or small hand crafted corpuses with annotated language patterns and/or vocabularies. In domains like breaking news the topic of interest changes every few hours, so compiling training data is not practical. In domains like cybercrime information exchanges are often hard to get and fragmented, with discussion threads switching between public forum exchanges and hidden private messaging frequently. Unsupervised Open Information Extraction (OpenIE) approaches are able to work with little or no training data, and incrementally self-learning strategies can be used to utilize relevance feedback and boost precision. Algorithm scalability is critical for near-real-time processing, so efficient indexing and/or naive parallelization are also becoming increasingly important.

In this seminar Prof Middleton will chart a path through his research into information extraction over the last 5 years, starting with algorithms to help breaking news verification and leading on to supporting sensemaking from OSINT for military intelligence analysis and law enforcement agencies. He will explain the algorithms used, results obtained and suggest some lessons learnt along the way.

Speaker Biography:

Dr Stuart E. Middleton is a senior research engineer at the University of Southampton, Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), IT Innovation Centre. He has over the last 16 years made internationally recognized contributions to research in the computational linguistics and information extraction areas, often including interdisciplinary work. He has been a PI and CoI on various EU H2020, Innovate UK, Home Office and Research Council projects. Recent projects include EU FP7 REVEAL project (geoparsing, information extraction and social media verification for breaking news), EU H2020 GRAVITATE project (natural language processing and semantic enrichment of cultural heritage databases), DSTL ACE ‘Human-machine teaming for intelligence analysis’ project (open source information extraction for military intelligence analysis) and ESRC FloraGuard (information extraction around UK illegal plant trade from online marketplaces). He has over 40 peer reviewed research papers & journal articles and book chapters and created the Python PyPI geoparsing library ‘geoparsepy’.

Web resources:

https://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/sem

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/tridec

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/reveal

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/floraguard

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/gravitate

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/intel-analysis

https://pypi.org/project/geoparsepy/

When: Thursday 25th February 2019

Where: Meeting Room 2.13, CSRI, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AE

Contact: Lydia Ball BallL2@cardiff.ac.uk

This event is open to Cardiff university staff and students. Please complete the registration form below to reserve your place.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Professor Wilker Nóbrega - Urban Development, Rising Crime and Violence in Brazil: An Analysis of the Tourist Cities of Belém and Natal in the Amazon and Northeast Regions
Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Seminar: Professor Wilker Nóbrega - Urban Development, Rising Crime and Violence in Brazil: An Analysis of the Tourist Cities of Belém and Natal in the Amazon and Northeast Regions

Professor Wilker Nóbrega is a Visiting Fellow from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He conducts research in the field of cultural tourism in conservation units in the Atlantic Forest and the Brazilian Amazon biomes

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VRG Seminar: "Do people in more deprived areas have a higher risk of alcohol-related hospital admission, after accounting for individually record-linked data on alcohol consumption and smoking?"
Sep
25
12:30 PM12:30

VRG Seminar: "Do people in more deprived areas have a higher risk of alcohol-related hospital admission, after accounting for individually record-linked data on alcohol consumption and smoking?"

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For the next Violence Research Group meeting we are pleased to announce Andrea Gartner from the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health will be our guest speaker. Andrea will present on "Do people in more deprived areas have a higher risk of alcohol-related hospital admission, after accounting for individually record-linked data on alcohol consumption and smoking?"

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Date: 25-September-2018

Location: Room 2.13, Crime & Security Research Institute, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff

Contact: Yu-Chiao wangy73@cardiff.ac.uk

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CSRI Lunchtime Seminar: Criminal Law and Counterterrorism: An Evaluation of Terrorism-Related Precursor Offences
May
17
12:00 PM12:00

CSRI Lunchtime Seminar: Criminal Law and Counterterrorism: An Evaluation of Terrorism-Related Precursor Offences

For our next CSRI Lunchtime Seminar we are pleased to welcome Professor Stuart MacDonald, Co-director of Swansea University’s CHERISH Digital Economy Centre and Director of their multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism research project.

Professor Macdonald will present on 'Criminal Law and Counterterrorism: An Evaluation of Terrorism-Related Precursor Offences'

When: Thursday 17th May at 12pm

Where: CSRI Meeting Room, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff

Lunch will be provided.

Please note places are limited so booking is essential. To register complete the form below and we will be in contact to confirm your booking.

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Violence Research Group Seminar: ‘Understanding the secondary effects of parents substance misuse on children’s school outcomes’
May
1
12:30 PM12:30

Violence Research Group Seminar: ‘Understanding the secondary effects of parents substance misuse on children’s school outcomes’

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Emily Lowthian will present on 'Understanding the secondary effects of parents substance misuse on children’s school outcomes'

When: Tuesday 1st May at 12.30pm

Where: CSRI Meeting Room, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff

Please note places are limited so booking is essential. For more information or to register your place please contact: Yu-Chiao Wang WangY73@cardiff.ac.uk

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Crime and Security Research Institute Seminar Series: Police Ethnography in Latin America

Visiting Fellow Dr Rafael Alcadipani (FGV’s São Paulo School of Business Administration) will give an overview of 4 years ethnographic fieldwork among police detectives in São Paulo. His work draws on observed activities in police stations as well as specialized units on homicide, kidnapping and specialized patrol. In the presentation Dr Alcadipani will discuss the challenges of being a police detective in a crime dominated region with special attention to issues of labelling, identity and the use of social media.

Location: Crime & Security Research Institute Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff, CF10 3AE

Booking Info: To reserve your place please contact: crimeandsecurity@cardiff.ac.uk

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Informing Better Migration and Refugee Policy-making in the Presence of Rumours and Unsubstantiated Claims

Informing Better Migration and Refugee Policy-making in the Presence of Rumours and Unsubstantiated Claims

Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay

1st December 2016

Improving the economic, social and cultural integration of migrants and refugees is a key challenge in particular for Turkey, as it has received over 2.7 million refugees from Syria in just the last few years and this trend appears to be set to continue for the foreseeable future. Even though in general the Turkish and Syrian peoples share large parts of their cultural heritage and background, the way refugees are perceived in Turkey has perceptibly changed of late. Rumours and unsubstantiated claims against refugees can be observed through the mainstream media and social media, and the latter has become a key emerging medium for propaganda messaging.

This ongoing migration crisis will affect Turkey for the near and medium future and potentially transform the country permanently. In this project we seek to address the issues of managing community cohesion and tension in cities and regions within Turkey with respect to the current peak of migrants and refugees in the country by building on research in decision-support software tools specifically intended to mitigate the effects of rumours and unsupported claims in producing briefings for migration policy makers.

To this aim, we will leverage expertise at Cardiff University in the context of developing novel data-driven analytic techniques for understanding community cohesion and tension in the presence of disruptive events, and the effects of propaganda. Working in collaboration with computational and social scientists in Turkey, our goal is to support policy makers for migration and refugee affairs by rapidly providing evidence-based reports using state-of-the-art decision-support techniques developed by members of Cardiff's School of Computer Science and Informatics and Crime & Security URI.

Participation in the event is by invitation only but if you would like any further information please click here to contact us.

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Nov
28
to Nov 29

A World of Trouble: Consequence Managing Terrorist and Major Violent Crimes Using Open Source Communications Analytics and Research

A World of Trouble: Consequence Managing Terrorist and Major Violent Crimes Using Open Source Communications Analytics and Research

28th & 29th November 2016

Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

The Crime and Security Research Institute's Open Source Communications Analytics Research (OSCAR) Development Centre are hosting a two-day workshop in Cardiff titled A World of Trouble: Consequence Managing Terrorist and Major Violent Crimes Using Open Source Communications Analytics and Research. The event is funded by the European Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), designed to deliver critical foundation development activity to support the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The workshop focuses on two primary objectives:

  • Building relationships to develop the potential of social science researchers to contribute to both ESRC and GCRF agendas; and
  • Increasing the impact of existing social science research relevant to the GCRF agenda.

The OSCAR Project explores how new ‘open source’ data technologies can be harnessed to establish more effective strategies for reducing the harmful effects of violent crimes and terrorist attacks in developing countries. The goal of the Workshop is to develop a new networked capacity and capability encompassing ODA countries, that could see the UK based work translated into developing state contexts. As such, the project is oriented primarily to the ‘Shocks, security, risks and resilience’ theme of the Global Challenges Research Fund, possessing a clear potential to improve the security and wellbeing of citizens.

Participation in the event is by invitation only but if you would like any further information please click here to contact us.

 

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Nov
17
12:30 PM12:30

How Can Neuroscience and Behavioural Science Help Children at Risk of Criminal Behaviour?

Violence Research Group Seminar Series

Professor Stephanie Van Goozen: ‘How can neuroscience and behavioural science help children at risk of criminal behaviour?’

Location: Oral Health Seminar room, Dental School, Heath Park

For further information please contact Clare Olson: olsonc@cardiff.ac.uk

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