Artificial Intelligence and advanced Data Analytics for Law Enforcement Agencies

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Funding Organization
European Commission
Funding Programme
Horizon Europe
Funding Instument
Innovation Action
Starting Date
Sept. 1, 2020
Total budget
ITI budget
Scientific responsible
Dr. Petros Daras


The goal of AIDA is to provide Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across the EU with a modular capacity to acquire, (pre-)process, enrich, analyse and visualise multi-source Big Data in near real-time, in order to improve their investigative and proactive prevention capabilities focused on cybercrime and counter-terrorism. This will be achieved through the development of a Big Data Analysis and Analytics framework equipped with a complete set of effective, efficient and automated data mining and analytics solutions to deal with standardised investigative workflows, extensive content acquisition, information extraction and fusion, knowledge management and enrichment through novel applications of Big Data processing, Machine Learning, AI and predictive and visual analytics.

The proposed solution is expected to bring about a paradigm shift in the capacity of EU MS in the fight against cybercrime and terrorism while putting in place governance processes to maintain full compliance with fundamental rights and applicable legislation including privacy and protection of personal data and ensure chain of custody. The AIDA framework will adapt to fast-evolving digital trends to establish a descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics platform using state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) methods to prevent, detect, analyse, and combat criminal activities faster and more successfully while bridging the gap between the emergence of new threats (e.g., in the context of cybercrime and terrorism) and the deployment of countermeasures to address them (e.g., investigation and disruption).

Moreover, AIDA will support EU LEAs with the inclusion of dedicated functionalities for communication, reporting and secure dissemination of investigative enquiries results and trends to MS with case handling, reliable feedback mechanisms and opportunities to follow-up on requests as well as leading to longer-term proactive trend analysis. These will address the needs of the MS in a wide spectrum of relevant crime domains enabling them to anticipate and promptly respond to cybercriminal and terrorist threats. AIDA will address the common challenges faced by LEAs in all mandated areas, to derive meaning from and take intelligence-led decisions on the basis of voluminous and heterogeneous data in ever changing data landscape whilst effectively assimilating information to understand long-term trends for strategic outcomes.

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