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LASIE project

The LASIE project aims to design and implement an open and expandable framework that will significantly increase the efficiency of current investigation practices, by providing an automated initial analysis of the vast amounts of heterogeneous forensic data that analysts have to cope with. The framework will be able to handle forensic data that have been acquired from a variety of different sources including CCTV surveillance content, confiscated desktops and hard disks, mobile devices, Internet, social networks, handwritten and calligraphic documents. The LASIE framework will be able to: (i) extract evidence from the available data (text, images, video, audio and biometric information in multiple formats), (ii) perform inferences based on the evidence, (iii) guide the investigation processthrough the incorporation of recommendation functionality, and (iv) interact with the user through an efficient and

LASIE is a project funded by the European Commission. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nr. 607480 user-friendly interface.



Centre for Global Socio-Economic Change (CFGSEC)

The mission of CFGSEC is to create a prosperous world by applying a holistic approach to growth, poverty, inequality, life expectancy, environment and climate change.

The Centre for Global Socio-Economic Change (CFGSEC) has developed a mixed theoretical-empirical approach to the important problems our planet is facing such as low-growth, extreme poverty, mass migration flows and environmental deterioration and climate change. By introducing the ‘Global Socio-Economic Landscape’, the Centre reveals the fundamental relationships between economic performance, social exclusion and the ecological footprint of communities such as nations, cities and neighborhoods.



Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities (TRANSMIC)

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities (TRANSMIC) is a project funded under the FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN call and is part of the Marie Curie Actions — Initial Training Networks funding scheme (Project number – 608417).

The aim of the project is to contribute to the understanding of transnational migration, in particular by looking at the conditions for and effects of transnational migration, possibilities for the mobility of migrants’ rights to be enhanced, and the links between migration, citizenship, and migration and development. TRANSMIC (formally) run from 1 Sep 2014 to 31 Aug 2018.



Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Electronic IT Data in the EU: Ensuring Efficient Cross-Border Cooperation and Mutual Trust (JUD-IT)

The JUD-IT project aims at providing an in-depth comparative assessment of promising practices and practical and legal challenges in securing, requesting and obtaining digital information held by IT companies in the context of: first, the implementation of the EU flagship mutual recognition instrument on the exchange of evidence in criminal justice, the European Investigation Order (EIO); and second, the domestic use and applications of EU Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) with third States like the USA and Japan.

The JUD-IT project is co-financed by the Justice Programme of the European Union. It runs from 1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2019.



Academic Network to perform research services on issues pertaining to Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies (EU-CITZEN)

EU-CITZEN establishes a new Academic Network on European Citizenship Rights aimed at providing the European Commission with the best independent scholarly knowledge and advice on Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies, and their implementation in EU Member States and other third countries of relevance. EU-CITZEN will secure inter-disciplinary expertise and a forum for discussion on all issues and questions to be covered in the European Commission’s 2019 Citizenship of the Union Report and the 2019 European elections. The EU-CITZEN Network counts with the financial support of the European Union. It runs from 2018 to 2020.



SURVEILLE project (Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency)

SURVEILLE (Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency) was a 41-month collaborative project under the Security Call of FP7, responding to topic FP7-SEC-2011.6.1-5 ‘Surveillance and the challenges for the security of the citizen’. It was a highly interdisciplinary programme of research that will help decision-makers to make better choices concerning the development, deployment and use of surveillance technologies. The Consortium brought together cutting edge expertise in, inter alia, technology assesment, ethics, and law. SURVEILLE conducted a comprehensive survey of surveillance systems and technologies that are currently used in Europe or that are likely to be deployed in the near future. It addressed the legal limits on surveillance and the ethical issues it raises. It also assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance technologies in improving security. It developed a multidisciplinary methodology for the comprehensive assessment of the usability (i.e. effectiveness and efficiency), moral hazards and fundamental rights intrusion of any particular surveillance technology in a given context. Relying on a scenario-based approach, three parallel expert teams assessed the same surveillance technology in the same situation, aiming at semi-quantitative or qualitative scoring of each technology for its usability, moral hazards and fundamental rights intrusion.



INSPEC2T project

The INSPEC2T project’s scope is to develop a sustainable framework for community policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. In recent years, police forces have become increasingly present on social media (having Twitter and Facebook accounts), and have embraced cyber-based social media for monitoring and investigating crime. Nonetheless, challenges have remained with the ability to facilitate interaction between the police and the community. The trend and role of social media is crucial in the development of the community-policing paradigm. Information has increasingly become a public asset, and is shared faster and with more people. More often than not, the police are not the first at the scene of crime, while bystanders share photos and information with the world. The project will take an innovative approach to the concept of community policing by making use of the trends enabled by the introduction and wide adoption of social media. In this way, the informed, educated and equipped (with a smartphone) citizen will contribute to the safety and security of the neighbourhood. INSPEC2T is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme, H2020-FCT-2014, under grant agreement no 653749. It run from May 2015 to May 2018.



EFFACE - a research project on environmental crime

EFFACE - short for “European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" - was a 40-month EU funded research project. Eleven European research institutions and think tanks were involved. EFFACE assessed the impacts of environmental crime as well as effective and feasible policy options for combating it from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on the EU. It ended in March 2016. This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320276.

The EFFACE work on data and impacts, highlights the often incomplete nature of data on environmental crime. It shows the difficulties in estimating the impacts of environmental crime in a quantitative manner. This is illustrated using the examples of poaching, illegal waste exports from the EU to China and forest fires.



SECILE (Securing Europe through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness)

The collaborative research project Securing Europe through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness (SECILE) is funded through the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. SECILE was established with the overall objective of providing an empirically-informed, multi-stakeholder understanding of how the impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of European security legislation might be best measured and understood. In the fulfilment of this objective the project placed particular emphasis on gathering and understanding practical experiences of implementing and assessing such measures gathered from and with end users. The project started in May 2013 and lasted until the end of October 2014. SECILE was implemented by a consortium of seven partners consisting two universities, an institute of technology, an SME, an NGO, a research institute, and a supreme court from four different countries with particular competence in human rights, law and societal impact.



Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal ValuesNordSTEVA

NordSTEVA – is a virtual centre of excellence whose aim is to advance research, education and training, industrial strategy and public policy in support of a wider and deeper understanding of the security technology/values interface. The centre will draw together and integrate diverse ideas, capabilities and experiences in order to generate new knowledge, new approaches, and new solutions in support of the enhancement of Nordic societal security.

Societal security can be understood as the ability of a society to sustain vital societal functions and secure its populations life, health, needs and basic values under extraordinary stress. In short, societal security is society’s ability to remain resilient in the face of crisis, to retain its core essence in the event of shock, crisis or catastrophe.

NordSTEVA is based on the premise that societal security is increasingly dependent upon security technologies and societal values. On the one hand, it is a concentration of technologies, providing for human needs and, on the other hand, a set of values, based on cultural traditions, religion, language, politics and economics. Liberal values play a crucial role in Nordic societal security. Basic principles such as freedom of expression, equality, privacy, transparency, rule of law, dignity of person, and others are at the heart of Nordic social life.



C-Bord Project

The mission of C-BORD is to develop and test a comprehensive cost-effective TRL-7 solution for the generalised inspection of container and large-volume freight in order to protect EU borders, coping with a large range of container non-intrusive inspection (NII) targets, including explosives, chemical warfare agents, illicit drugs, tobacco, stowaways and Special Nuclear Material (SNM). This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653323.



ACXIS Project

The project ACXIS brings together the expertise in X-ray cargo inspection of leading research centres in Germany, France and Switzerland, the major European supplier for cargo inspection systems, a research and development organisation focusing on training of X-ray inspection officers, and Customs administrations of the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The main objectives of this project are to implement a manufacturer independent reference database for X-ray images of illegal and legal cargo, to develop procedures and algorithms in order to uniform X-ray images of different cargo scanners, to develop a training simulator for inspection officers and a toolbox enclosing several assisted/automated identification techniques for potentially illegal cargo.

Historic images of real detections, images of illegal cargo mock-ups as well as images of legitimate cargo will be integrated into the reference database.



CORE Project

CORE demonstrates how a powerful and innovative Consistently Optimised REsilient ecosystem implementation, integrating interoperability, security, resilience and real-time optimisation can produce cost effective, fast and robust solutions that will guarantee the efficient and secure transit of goods through the worldwide Global Supply Chain system. 

CORE shows how protecting and securing the Global Supply Chain, and reducing its vulnerability to disruption (whether caused by natural disasters, terrorism or other forms of undesirable or illegal activity), can be done while guaranteeing the promotion of a timely and efficient flow of legitimate commerce through the European Union (EU) and other nations around the world. CORE demonstrates that this can be done while at the same time offering tangible benefits to involved stakeholders (transaction, transport, regulatory and financial operators), thus facilitating its adoption by commercial entities.



Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control- BODEGA

BODEGA’s aim is to develop future border checks with human factors expertise in order to enhance efficiency, border security and traveller satisfaction. The project focuses on the changes to traveller processes and border controller work due to the introduction of smarter border control systems like automated gates and self-service systems based on biometrics. The traveller is one important actor in the entire process and thus also the traveller’s role needs to be carefully considered in the development and implementation of future technologies.

In order to gain better understanding of different aspects of border crossing from travellers’ point of view, we’ve conducted a survey that focuses on travellers’ experience, opinions and perceptions concerning current as well as future border control.



The RED-Alert Project

The RED-Alert solution covers a wide range of social media channels, in particular new channels such as Telegram and Periscope, which are increasingly used by terrorist groups to disseminate their content. The RED-Alert solution allows LEAs to take coordinated action in real-time while preserving the privacy of citizens.

RED-Alert will outperform state-of-the-art solutions in terms of performance (number of languages supported, number of social media channels mined, accuracy), usability (visualization, real-time operation, collaboration, development support) and privacy protection. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 740688.



Project Proton

PROTON aims at improving existing knowledge on the processes of recruitment to organised crime and terrorist networks through an innovative integration between social and computational sciences.

PROTON innovations require substantial advances in the existing knowledge on organised crime and terrorist networks compared to the current state of the art. Moreover, they entail close integration among traditional academic research, innovative studies, and advanced computational capabilities.

PROTON’s activities will directly address these requirements and will not only advance prevention policies but also will increase knowledge about the processes leading to organised crime and terrorist networks. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 699824.




The issue of radicalization leading to terrorism has become a crucial part of the political and academic agendas in Europe, confronted, especially in the last decade, not only to the threat from Jihadist terrorism but also with right/left wing violent extremism. Though violent radicalization is not a new phenomenon, its most recent manifestations require a more comprehensive and holistic approach addressing not only security concerns but also framing of the problem in social and psychological terms.

MINDb4ACT tries to solve limitations in conventional research methodologies through the Living Labs framework in which all stakeholders –academia, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), private sector, governments, municipalities, first-line respondents and other practitioners– collaborate to co-design new practices to prevent violent extremisms addressing all dimension (security, political, societal and ethical). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 740543.



DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project

The DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project includes 17 partners in 13 countries - Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey and the UK - and will run for four years. Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, it will investigate young people’s encounters with and agents of radicalisation, how they receive and respond to those calls, and how they make choices about the paths they take.

The project aims to broaden understanding of radicalisation, demonstrate that it is not located in any one religion or community, and to explore the effects of radicalisation on society. DARE will focus on people aged between 12 and 30, as they are a key target of recruiters and existing research suggests they may be particularly receptive to radicalism. It will approach young people neither as victims nor perpetrators of radicalisation, but as engaged, reflexive, often passionate social actors who seek information they can trust, as they navigate a world in which calls to radicalisation are numerous. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 725349.



VALCRI – Visual Analytics for sense-making in Criminal Intelligence Analysis

The purpose of Project VALCRI is to create a Visual Analytics-based sense-making capability for criminal intelligence analysis by developing and integrating a number of technologies into a coherent working environment for the analyst we call the Reasoning Workspace. Conceptually, the Reasoning Workspace comprises three areas: (i) a Data Space which will enable an analyst to see what data and themes exist, (ii) an Analysis Space to which data can be brought into to carry out various computational analyses including statistical and text analysis, and (iii) a Hypothesis Space that will enable the analysts to assemble their evidence into coherent arguments that lead to meaningful and valid conclusions. The user interface will be rooted in the concepts of Visual Analytics – the emerging “… science of analytical reasoning facilitated by visual interactive interfaces"" (Thomas and Cook, 2004), and specially designed to support the interactive dynamics (Heer and Shneiderman, 2012) required to enable real-time analytic interaction with data. The design of the user interface will move away from the traditional windows and list of lists views for presenting data, and instead to create information objects that may be directly manipulated and freely organised visuo-spatially by the analysts so that location and spatial groupings have meaning and can be manipulated directly by selection and dragging; or we can initiate Boolean operations on the content of the two or more clusters by dragging one cluster onto another. In addition, the presentation of multiple views of the information objects, in the form of network graphs, timelines, geo-spatial etc. can lead to further insight, especially when interactivity is enabled. This tight coupling between visualisation and computation is crucial for developing and maintaining cognitive momentum, the train of thought that enables creativity and sense-making." It run from May 2014 to 2018. ALCRI is an Integrating Project funded through the European Commission’s 7TH Framework Programme, Contract Number FP7-IP-608142.



MAGNETO – Fight Against Crime and Terrorism

MAGNETO will revolutionize the capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to deal with extreme volumes and diversity of data in order to accomplish highly- efficient crime prevention and investigation. The technologies and solutions developed by MAGNETO will permit LEAs to consistently process massive heterogeneous data in a more efficient manner, effectively enabling their transformation into solid and court-proof evidence. MAGNETO’s fundamental concept lies in establishing a perpetually self-improving crime prevention and investigation scheme, within which heterogeneous data flows are converted into knowledge bases according to a sophisticated representational model, which are then processed and fused using semantic technologies, the results and significance of which are visually represented by means of immersive HMIs that allow timely and accurate decision making, court-proof evidence extraction, and situational awareness. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No.786629.


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