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Dr. Lucy W. Mburu


Senior Lecturer & Chair of Department – Networks and Applied Computing

E-mail Address



+254 (0) 792 249 994

Academic Qualification

  • PhD in Geoinformatics (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Msc in Computer-based Information Systems (University of Sunderland, UK)
  • PGC and PGD in Computer-based Information Systems (University of Sunderland, UK)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Member Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer science education (ACM’s SIGCSE)
  • Member Kenya Education Networks Special Interest Group on Computer science and Information systems (KENET SIGCSIS)


Dr. Lucy Waruguru serves as a Faculty member and the Chair of Department, Networks and Applied Computing at the Faculty of Computing and Information Management of KCA University. Her roles involve advising students and faculty on academic matters.

Her research areas are in Geoinformatics and pattern analysis using data. She has been involved in curriculum development at KCA University and other institutions and has supervised Ph.D and MSc students in Computing, IT/IS and GIScience, and published in international journals and conferences within these fields.

Dr. Waruguru is a peer reviewer for international journals with high impact factor such as The Professional Geographer, Transactions in GIS and Physica. He has also been involved in training users of Open Source GIS software in collaboration with Survey of Kenya and the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD).

Research Interest

  • Information Systems, geo-computation, spatial analysis, interdisciplinary research

Academic Background


  • Programming, Computer hardware and software, GIS


  • Business process modeling
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Advances in databases,
  • Database integration
  • Scholarly writing

Selected Publications( Books, Refereed publications & Non Refereed publications )

Kageche, J.W. and Mburu, L.W. (2020) Geo-Fencing Model for Real-time Querying of Land Status in Njoro Town, Kenya. Accepted for Presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC), 2021, Cardiff, UK.

Mburu, L.W., Karanja, R. and Nyaga, M.N. (2020) A Knowledge-as-a-Service Support Framework for Ambient Learning in Kenya. Proceedings of the 13th IADIS International Conference Information Systems, 1-4 April 2020, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Rumbe, G.O. & Mburu, L. (2019). An Integrated Information Systems Adoption Model for Businesses in Kajiado, Kenya. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). 17-19 June 2019, Sophia Antipolis, France. DOI: 10.1109/ICE.2019.8792594

Pamba, F. and Mburu, L. W. (2019). Application of Machine Learning for Estimating Kenyan Motor Vehicle Insurance Premium. Kenya. Proceedings of the 12th IADIS International Conference Information Systems., 11-13 April 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Mburu, L. (2017). Innovations for Citizen-generated Data on Housing in the Nairobi City. Proceeding of the Triple Helix Conference, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mburu, L. (2016). Digital MaKao: Employing Citizen Science to Map Housing Data in Nairobi. Proceedings of Google Workshop, AFriCHI Conference, Kempinski, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mburu, L., & Helbich, M. (2016). Environmental Risk Factors influencing Bicycle Theft: A Spatial Analysis in London, UK. PLoS ONE. 11(9); doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163354.

Li, M., Sagl, G., Mburu, M. & Fan, H. (2016). A contextualized and personalized model to predict user interest using location-based social networks. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.03.006

Mburu, L. & Bakillah, M. (2016). Modeling Spatial Interactions between Areas to Assess the Burglary Risk. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 5(4), 47; doi:10.3390/ijgi5040047.

Mburu, L., & Helbich, M. (2016). Crime Risk Estimation with a Commuter-harmonized Ambient Population. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. In Press: doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.116325.

Sun, Y., Mburu, L., & Wang, S. (2016). Analysis of community properties and node properties to understand the structure of the bus transport network. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

Mburu, L., & Helbich, M. (2015). Communities as Neighborhood Guardians: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Community Policing in Nairobi’s Suburbs. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 1-22.

Mburu, L., & Helbich, M. (2015). Evaluating the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Criminal Geographic Profiling Methods: The Case of Dandora, Kenya. The Professional Geographer.

Mburu, L. (2014). Mapping seasonal Crime in Nairobi, Kenya, a Space and Time Surveillance. Proceedings: Full Paper, GI-Forum, 1-4 July 2014, Salzburg, Austria.

Mburu, L. & Zipf, A. (2014). A Spatial Approach to Surveying Crime-problematic Areas at the Street Level. Proceedings: Agile Conference, 3-6 June 2014, Castellón, Spain.

Mburu, L. W (2013). Modeling and Mapping Crime in Eastern Nairobi, Kenya. AGILE PhD School, Frauenwörth, 30 Sep-2 Oct, 2013.

Mburu, L. (2010). Geographic Profiling of Repetitive Spatial Urban Crime Patterns in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya. Procedings: 6th ESRI Eastern Africa User Conference, Zanzibar.

Mburu, L. (1997). Applying User-Centered Interface Design Methods to Improve the Usability of an Electronic Prescription System. MSc. Project Dissertation. DIssertation.com


Dr. Lucy W. Mburu
+254 (0) 792 249 994