LEA Projects Cluster

Recognising that our projects have common stakeholders and similar objectives in supporting law enforcement against organised crime and terrorism, we have formed a cluster with these objectives:

  1. To share knowledge in order to support law enforcement against money-laundering, cybercrime, organised crime and terrorism, for example, by webinars for the partners in the cluster.
  2. To leverage our dissemination activities by mentioning the projects in the cluster on our websites, inviting articles from the cluster projects in our newsletter.
  3. To ensure the coherence and complementarity of our recommendations to the EC, LEAs and other stakeholders, as far as possible.
  4. To explore a degree of interoperability or compatibility between our technical platforms, modules and/or services.
  5. To explore synergies, research opportunities and possible joint exploitation activities.

AI4CYBER

Project Coordinator: Erkuden Rios Velasco – TECNALIA
AI4CYBER seeks to provide an Ecosystem Framework of next-generation trustworthy cybersecurity services that leverage AI and Big Data technologies to support system developers and operators in effectively managing robustness, resilience, and dynamic response against advanced and AI-powered cyberattacks. The project will deliver a new breed of AI-driven software robustness and security testing services that significantly facilitates the testing experts work, through smarter flaw identification and code fixing automation. Moreover, the project will provide cybersecurity services for comprehension, detection and analysis of AI-powered attacks to prepare the critical systems to be resilient against them.

ALIGNER

Project Coordinator: Dr. Daniel Lückerath – FRAUNHOFER IAIS
The EU-funded ALIGNER project brings together European actors who have concerns about AI, law enforcement and policing to jointly identify and discuss how to improve Europe’s security, through which AI strengthens law enforcement agencies, delivering benefits to the public. Project work helps pave the way for an AI research roadmap.

CC-DRIVER

Project Coordinator: David Wright – TRILATERAL RESEARCH
CC-DRIVER is a three-year, EU-funded project investigating the drivers of cybercrime and, especially, how young people can be turned away from cybercrime to use their talents in more socially productive ways. The €5 million project began in May 2020 and has 13 partners from eight countries.

CEASEFIRE

Project Coordinator: Georgios Stavropoulos – CERTH
CEASEFIRE will develop a highly innovative, holistic, multi-disciplinary, high-tech and versatile approach for aiding EU Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in their struggle to detect, analyze and track cross-border illicit firearms trafficking. It will deliver relevant, advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and will establish fully-operational National Focal Points (NFPs), aiming to increase LEA operational capabilities and alleviate existing organizational, cooperation, cross-jurisdictional, trans-border and information exchange challenges.

COPKIT

Project Coordinator: Raquel Pastor – ISDEFE
COPKIT is a three-year, EU-funded project that addresses the problem of analysing, preventing and investigating the use of ICTs by organised crime and terrorist groups. In this context, the project is developing a toolkit to support the Early Warning (EW)/Early Action (EA) methodology. The €5 million project began in June 2018, and has 18 partners from 13 countries.

CounteR

Project Coordinator: Catalin Trufin – ASSIST
The CounteR project will develop a tool for taking down quickly and accurately the terrorism content online, and, at the same time, preserve the privacy protection and data anonymization of the content. The CounteR solution’s ultimate goal is to provide law enforce­ment agencies (LEAs), Internet providers, and social media platforms with an early-warning tool to be used in the detection of radical content online for preventing the spread of radicalisation and, ultimately, life-threatening terrorist attacks.

CTC

Project Coordinator: Efstathios Skarlatos – KEMEA
Cut The Cord (CTC) project aims to prevent and predict, while assisting Law Enforcement Agencies and other entities to fight financial crimes and “cut the cords ” to non-traditional products for financing and supporting terrorist organizations.

CYBERSPACE

Project Coordinator: Dr Holger Nitsch – BayHfoD
CYBERSPACE is a three-year project, funded through the European Commission’s Internal Security Fund Programme. Starting in December 2021, CYBERSPACE will provide the bigger picture regarding cybercrime in the European Union. By facilitating reporting of cyber-attacks, mapping response actions and co-ordinating between LEAs, policy makers and the private sector and across national borders, LEAs‘capacities to investigate cybercrime will be enhanced. The project consortium consists of eleven partners from eight countries.

CYCLOPES

Project Coordinator: Rashel Talukder – Polish Platform for Homeland Security
CYCLOPES is a 5-year running EU funded project building and maintaining an innovation-driven network of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) combating cybercrime. We identify solutions and research activities that help tackle the complexity of cybercrime — whilst eliciting priorities for standardisation and recommendations for innovation implementation and increased uptake. CYCLOPES increases impact by creating successful synergies with LEAs, Industry and Academia. This is achieved through interactive Joint Live Exercises and stimulating dialogue on pressing security matters and crime concerns in relevant workshops, webinars and events.

DARLENE

Project Coordinator: Dr  Dimitrios Tzovaras – CERTH
DARLENE is a three-year project that will offer European law enforcement agencies an augmented reality ecosystem with powerful deep learning algorithms that will improve situational awareness and effectiveness in all security verticals. The €7 million project will begin in September 2020, and has 15 partners from 10 countries.

DYNAMO

Project Coordinator: Arundhuti Banerjee – FRAUNHOFER EMI
The EU-funded DYNAMO project will combine business continuity management (BCM) and cyber threat intelligence (CTI) to generate a situational awareness picture for decision support across the five resilience phases: prepare, prevent, protect, respond, and recover. The project will engage professionals of different backgrounds and end-users to develop, refine and combine selected tools into a single platform in line with end-user needs, human factors, high ethical standards and societal impacts.

EMERITUS

Project Coordinator: Freddy Wilmer Rivas González – GMV
EMERITUS is an innovation project aimed at supporting Law Enforcement Authorities (LEA) and Border Guards (BG) in the investigation and evidence collection against waste-related environmental crimes. To this end, the project will offer a combined package of digital tools, including a single-entry point platform integrating advanced technologies, a training package, operative and train-the-trainers oriented, and an investigation protocol to guide LEAs and BGs in the integration of digital technologies in their daily operations.

EU-HYBNET

Project Coordinator: Dr. Päivi Mattila – LAUREA
The project aims at enriching the existing European networks countering hybrid threats and ensuring long term sustainability. This will be achieved by defining the common requirements of European practitioners’ and other relevant actors in the field of hybrid threats. Ultimately, this can fill knowledge gaps, deal with performance needs, and enhance capabilities or research, innovation and training endeavours concerning hybrid threats.

FREETOOL

Project Coordinator: Michael O Callaghan – UCD
The FREETOOL Project aims to develop investigation and forensic tools for use by the law enforcement community. All tools have been developed by law enforcement officers from the European Union, using only open-source software.

GRACE

Project Coordinator: Helen Grantham – VICOMTECH
The growth in online child sexual exploitation and abuse material is a significant challenge for European law enforcement agencies. Referrals of CSEM exceed the capacity of LEAs to respond in a practical and timely manner. To safeguard victims, prosecute offenders and limit the spread of CSEM, LEAs need a next-generation AI-powered investigative platform. GRACE aims to equip European law enforcement agencies with advanced analytical and investigative capabilities to respond to the spread of online child sexual exploitation material.

HEROES

Project Coordinator: Dr. Luis Javier García Villalba – UCM
HEROES is a three-year project structured as a comprehensive solution that encompasses three main components: Prevention, Investigation and Victim Assistance. Through these components, HEROES’ solution aims to establish a coordinated contribution with LEAs by developing an appropriate, victim-centred approach that is capable of addressing specific needs and providing protection. The HEROES project’s main objective is to use technology to improve the way in which help and support can be provided to victims of THB and CSA/CSE. The €4.9 million project began in December 2021, has 27 partners from 17 countries and is coordinated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).

INSPECTr

Project Coordinator: Dr. Ray Genoe – University College Dublin (UCD)
INSPECTr is a three-year project that will develop a shared intelligent platform and novel process for gathering, analysing, prioritising and presenting key data to help in the prediction, detection and management of crime in support of multiple agencies at the local, national and international level. The €7 million project began in September 2019, has 18 partners from 13 countries and is coordinated by University College Dublin (IE).

KINAITICS

Project Coordinator: Cédric Gouy-Pailler – CEA
In the KINAITICS project, we aim at exploring the new attack opportunities offered by the introduction of AI-based control and perceptive systems, as well as those offered by combination of behavioural understanding of physical systems and cyber-attacks. On the defence side, we aim at offering an innovative spectrum of tools and methodologies, to combine behavioural monitoring and classical cybersecurity tools to protects against these new threats. Importantly, we also target innovative methodologies, which incorporate human factors and their uncertainties in the tools.

LAW-GAME

Project Coordinator: Pantelis Velanas – European University Cyprus (EUC)
The project will use gamification technologies to train police officers on procedures in a safe and controlled virtual environment in Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, and Moldova. The project will introduce an attractive method to develop competencies required to perform AI-assisted intelligence analysis and illegal acts prediction.

LOCARD

Project Coordinator: Dr Constantinos Patsakis – ARC
LOCARD is a project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. The three-year project (May 2019 – April 2022) will automate the collection of digital evidence in any electronic format and medium by providing a unique platform for exchanging this evidence. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive management approach to handle digital evidence to be presented in a court of law, alleviating many issues of current art and practice. LOCARD aims to increase trust in the handling and processing of digital evidence and the management of chain of custody by providing transparency and using immutable chain of custody stored with blockchain technology.

NOTIONES

Project Coordinator: Olatz Ibanez Otazua – TECNALIA
NOTIONES project addresses the danger of rising cybercrime by building a network of practitioners from security and intelligence services. It brings together 30 partners, practitioners from military, civil, financial, judiciary, local, national and international security and intelligence services from 9 EU Member States and 6 Associated Countries. Together they monitor the results of academic research and industrial innovation and suggest actions. NOTIONES will organize and participate in workshops and conferences to present its findings to the broad intelligence community.

ODYSSEUS

Project Coordinator: Dr. Nikolai Stoianov – Bulgarian Defence Institute (BDI)
The EU-funded ODYSSEUS project develops effective and efficient prognostic, detection and forensic tools to improve prevention, countering and investigation of terrorist incidents involving homemade explosives. The knowledge helps in the development of tools for monitoring the chemical supply chain and sensing in (near) real-time explosive precursors. The tools will be field-tested in three operational use cases.

POLIIICE

Project Coordinator: Dr. Holger Nitsch – BayHfoD
POLIIICE vision is to advance European LEAs to a novel lawful-interception (LI), investigation and intelligence era in which they will be able to effectively prevent, detect and investigate crime and terrorism amid the new age of communication (5G&Beyond, end-to-end encrypted communication and Quantum based encryption). These new age technologies turn legacy LI solutions to totally in-effective and therefore put significant risk on Europe’s fight against crime and terrorism.

PRECINCT

Project Coordinator: Jenny Rainbird – INLECOM
The EU-funded PRECINCT project will connect private and public CI stakeholders in a geographical area to a cyber-physical security management method that will produce a protected territory for citizens and CIs. The project will deliver a framework specification for systematic CI security and resilience management, a cross-facility collaborative management infrastructure enabling stakeholder communities to create AI-based PRECINCT ecosystems and increased resilience support services, a vulnerability assessment tool using serious games, PRECINCT’s Digital Twins, and PRECINCT Ecosystems in four large-scale living labs and transferability validation demonstrators.

PREVISION

Project Coordinator: Dr Konstantinos Demestichas – ICCS
PREVISION is a two-year, EU-funded project that aims to empower LEAs with tools and solutions to handle and capitalise on the massive heterogeneous data streams that must be processed during complex crime investigations and threat risk assessments. The €9 million project began in September 2019, has 28 partners from 13 countries and is co-ordinated by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (GR).

popAI

Project Coordinator: Dr Dimitris Kyriazanos – National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
The EU-funded pop AI project aims to boost trust in AI by increasing awareness and current social engagement, consolidating distinct spheres of knowledge by academics and non-academics, and delivering a unified European view and recommendations. The project will create an ecosystem and the structural basis for a sustainable and inclusive European AI hub for LEA. It will use existing knowledge and extensive studies to identify and document the direct and indirect stakeholders from the security and AI sectors as well as their corresponding views while ensuring equitable gender and diversity representation.

PROTAX

Project Coordinator: Prof Umut Turksen – Coventry University
Researchers, law enforcement agencies and national tax authorities from several EU countries have joined the three-year, EU-funded PROTAX project to generate policy guidelines and toolkits to harmonise the treatment of tax crime and enhance information sharing across different European jurisdictions.

RAYUELA

Project Coordinator: Dr Gregorio López – Universidad Pontificia Comillas
The RAYUELA project is a three-year project with a budget of €5 million. The project will begin in October 2020, has 17 partners from 9 countries and is co-ordinated by Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ES). It will bring together experts from different areas of knowledge from all over Europe to develop an interactive story-like game that, on the one side, will allow minors to learn good practices on the use of the Internet and associated technology by playing, and, on the other side, will allow modelling, in a friendly and non-invasive manner, online habits and potential risk profiles related to cybersecurity and cybercriminality, providing Law Enforcement Agencies with scientifically sound foundations to define appropriate policies.

ResilMesh

Project Coordinator: Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)
ResilMesh is an Innovation Action project funded by the European Union, dedicated to revolutionizing cybersecurity practices. At its core, ResilMesh endeavors to develop a cutting-edge security orchestration and analytics toolset grounded in cyber situational awareness (CSA). This initiative aims to equip organizations with the capabilities needed for real-time defense of essential business functions in an era marked by dispersed, heterogeneous cyber systems.

ROXANNE

Project Coordinator: Petr Motlicek – IDIAP
ROXANNE is a three-year project, with aim to develop a platform that will increase agencies’ capabilities via voice recognition, language and video technologies. The project will support LEA’s activities through multilanguage applications based on voice, text and face technologies. The €7 million project began in September 2019, has 24 partners from 16 countries and is co-ordinated by Idiap Research Institute (CH).

STARLIGHT

Project Coordinator: Nizar Touleimat – CEA
STARLIGHT project aims to increase awareness, ability, adoption, and long-term results of AI applications in European LEAs. It will improve the widespread understanding of AI across LEAs to reinforce their investigative and cybersecurity operations and support legal, ethical, and societal values. By offering opportunities to exploit AI tools and solutions, STARLIGHT will ensure LEAs can protect their own AI systems, and increase LEA expertise and capacity against AI-supported crime and terrorism. The project will raise high-quality datasets, an interoperable and standardised framework, and an AI hub to enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in AI.

Tools4LEAs

Project Coordinator: Eva Škruba – EACTDA
The Tools4LEAs project focuses on delivering fully-tested and validated software tools/solutions to European public security entities (law enforcement agencies, forensic institutes, and others) to help them fight cybercrime. The Tools4LEAs project aims at establishing a long-term and sustainable structure that delivers on a regular basis tool that are ready to be used at operational level. These tools will have no license costs for European public security practitioners. The project is funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund Police (ISFP) programme and EACTDA is the sole beneficiary of the Tools4LEAs project.

TRACE

Project Coordinator: Prof Umut Turksen – Coventry University
TRACE is a three-year project that will perform intensive cross- disciplinary research to develop technological and socio-legal tools for tracking illicit money flows in Europe. By drawing information from the dark web and using machine learning and AI to make connections, TRACE will be able to visualise illicit money flows for use by LEAs. The €7 million project began in July 2021, has 16 partners from 8 countries and is co-ordinated by Coventry University (CU).

TRACY

Project Coordinator: Nikos Avgerinos – PERFORMANCE Technologies S.A.
TRACY is a two-year project, funded through the European Commission’s. Starting in June 2023 TRACY will provide an innovative digital forensic and investigation platform to identify suspects of serious organized crimes and terrorism in dense urban areas significantly advancing the process of LEAs investigations and prosecutions. The project consortium consists of nine partners from six countries and is co-ordinated by PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES S.A.

UNCOVER

Project Coordinator: Dr. Helena Bruyninckx – RMA
The main objective of UNCOVER is to develop innovations for detecting hidden information (steganalysis) and to increase the technological autonomy of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the field of digital media steganalysis. With its consortium of 22 partners, which includes LEAs, forensic institutes, leading researchers and software developers as well as technology companies, UNCOVER aims to improve current standards of steganalysis solutions regarding the performance, usability, operational needs, privacy protection, and chain-of-custody considerations.