Crime Prevention Bettered by Combining Computer Science and Entrepreneurship
August 27, 2019
BATON ROUGE - LSU is encouraging students to pair computer science and entrepreneurship as it empowers students to plan, design and optimize technology while instilling a wide range of skills in project management and business entrepreneurship.
As more and more entrepreneurial projects involve software applications and development, entrepreneurship students are often recruiting computer science and engineering majors. At the same time, many computer science and engineering students are working on technology projects and would benefit from having a business mind on the team. Combining technical and business backgrounds will better position these potential student companies for success.
A real-life example of this pair in action is Crimer, a crime prediction software, which started as a project in an LSU computer science class in 2018. Since the software’s creation, the students started a company, also named Crimer, and have raised $500,000 and have 12 employees – 11 of whom are current or former LSU students.
"I frequently refer to Crimer in class as a tangible example of a student project that turned into a real-life product which delivers actual consumer value, “said Anas Mahmoud, assistant professor of computer science at LSU. "The students had to navigate through a broad landscape of software engineering challenges to achieve their vision."
Crimer is currently working with the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute and the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems to help bring computer science and entrepreneurship students together through programs such as Startup Weekend and the Venture Challenge competition. They are also recruiting via word-of-mouth, Discord chat, emails to students and their website.
The company has created multiple opportunities for their employees, which include getting one student CompTIA A+ Certified, having another enrolled into the respected deeplearning.ai TensorFlow course, and exposing their interns to AI systems and getting four of them class credit for the research they conducted while at Crimer.
They have also since been approved to begin a trial run with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and are working with the East Baton Rouge Police Department and district attorney’s Office to track the Baton Rouge opioid epidemic by using social media. Along with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, they have reached out to Acadian Ambulance and they are bidding on an FBI contract.
Further down the line, the company hopes to be based in San Francisco, work with the New York City Police Department and have multiple large contracts and hundreds of employees. Crimer also wants to support LSU the whole way through and stick to their roots as a business that was created at LSU. They also hope to see their software help correct some of the troubling crime Louisiana faces.
Crimer uses cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to assess the risk of crime happening at any given location and time. By connecting police departments, businesses, and individuals with this information, Crimer enables them to solve their own unique crime problem.
E. J. Ourso College of Business