A novel collaborative crime investigation tool for law enforcement.
IC-CRIME is a pioneering software platform for interdisciplinary, cyber-enabled crime reconstruction through innovative methodology and engagement (IC-CRIME). Using 3D laser scanning technology paired with browser-based 3D game engines, the IC-CRIME system brings law enforcement teams together into 3D virtual reconstructions of real-world crime scenes to collaborate to solve crimes. Crime scene investigators and other authorized personnel can collaborate with each other in viewing, exploring, and annotating these virtual crime scene models at any time from any web browser, anywhere in the world.
Within IC-CRIME, a group of investigators collaborate in a virtual meeting space, which appears in the form of a virtual investigative laboratory. From a given laboratory, multiple different crime scenes can be simultaneously accessed by an unlimited number of other investigators or forensic experts who no longer need to be physically co-located in order to collaborate on tasks related to the physical space of a crime scene. Each user in the virtual investigative laboratory is represented by a different 3D avatar.
The system uses the Unity3d computer game engine to allow full navigation of the virtual laboratory and virtual crime scenes. Using IC-CRIME, investigators are able to revisit a crime scene long after a crime scene unit has completed data collection and the scene has been released by law enforcement. The system facilitates virtual walkthroughs, and allows individual users to place virtual evidence flags into the virtual crime scene to annotate with the scene with external data sources and comments, for later review by all interested investigators.
The IC-CRIME software platform is available for licensing.
- A tool for collaborative investigation of 3D representations of crime scenes.
- A virtual investigative laboratory in which crime scene investigators can collaborate at any time from any web browser, anywhere in the world.
- Uses Unity3d computer game engine to allow full navigation of the virtual laboratory and virtual crime scenes.
- System facilitates virtual walkthroughs, and allows individual users to place virtual evidence flags into the virtual crime scene to annotate with the scene with external data sources and comments.
About the Lead Innovator
Dr. Michael Young
Dr. R. Michael Young is a Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He is founder and executive director of the NC State Digital Games Research Initiative and directs the Liquid Narrative research group. His research focuses on the development of computational models of interactive narrative with applications to computer games, educational and training systems and virtual environments. He has published more than 80 papers in leading conferences and journals in computer games, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, autonomous agents and intelligent user interfaces.