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Dr. Lucy W. Mburu


Senior Lecturer & Chair of Department – Networks and Applied Computing, School of Technology

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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 is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Technology at KCA University.

She recently completed doctoral research at the Chair of GIScience, Heidelberg University, Germany, as a Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholar. Her research activity involved analysis of Geographic Information to understand and predict risk patterns.

Her Master’s study was in Computer-based Information Systems at the University of Sunderland, UK, under the Commonwealth scholarship fund. The research project was based on the usability context, and how to apply this to improve the human-computer Interface for medical prescription systems.

Research Interest

  • Geo-computation, Information management, Geographic Information Systems, Inter-disciplinary research.

Current Research Project(s)

  • Research on Spatial patterns and geo-profiling techniques.
  • Exploration of socioeconomic and land use drivers.
  • Citywide and Country wide mapping for Kenya

Academic Background


  • Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, Programming, Computer Graphics


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

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

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.

Conferences & Chapters

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

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). DOI: 10.1109/ICE.2019.8792594

Pamba, F. and Waruguru, L. (2019). Application of Machine Learning for Estimating Kenyan Motor Vehicle Insurance Premium. Kenya. Proceedings of the 12th IADIS International Conference Information Systems.

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. (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

Research Grants

30/09/13 – 02/10/13 : Grant award from the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) Council to attend the 2nd AGILE PhD School at the Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth, Germany. 01/10/2012 – 30/06/2016: Full PhD Scholarship award funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study at GIScience research group, Heidelberg University, Germany. 01/03/2012 – 30/09/2012: Full Language Course Grant funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study the German language at the Goethe Institute in Mannheim. 09/2004 – 01/2007: Full Postgraduate Diploma and Master Scholarship award funded by the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to study at University of Sunderland, UK.


A Framework for Predicting Criminal Behavior and Area-Specific Crime Risk through Retrospective Analysis of Geographic Data

Dr. Lucy W. Mburu