Sex offender tracking system created by
college researchers featured in newscast


An online system for tracking registered sex offenders and estimating neighborhood risk levels developed by researchers at Texas A&M University and utilized by the Bryan, Texas police department was recently featured in an Orlando, Fla. newscast.

The system, employing geographic information system (GIS) technology, was developed by Praveen Maghela and Miriam Olivares, doctoral students in the Urban and Regional Science program, at Texas A&M’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, under the direction of Douglas Wunneburger, a research scientist and senior lecturer who heads the department’s GIS laboratory.

The tool allows law enforcement officials and anyone with Web access to map the addresses of such offenders and relate these locations to critical areas where children frequently gather.

Both Wunneburger and Olivares were interviewed on the broadcast, which can be viewed online at

An article featuring the sex offender mapping project is posted online in the College of Architecture’s Fall 2006 archone newsletter.


- Posted: May 5, 2009 -

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