CEPOL Research & Science Conference 2022 MRU, Vilnius

Agustin Constante Orrios

Police Officer, Aerial Support Section, Madrid Municipal Police, Spain.

20 years of policing experience, with specific focus on investigation, intelligence and collaboration with civil society. Agustín has a longstanding experience in criminal investigation, with collaborations with other police forces and agencies. He has worked for different local police forces and held briefly a position at FRONTEX as AST-4. He has participated as a speaker at the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI) on the police response to undocumented migrants in Spain and on a project on the detention of people with learning disabilities. He has delivered several trainings for police on OSINT, tactics and other subjects. Agustin is currently studying Criminology and is passionate about OSINT and intelligence.

  • OSINT and Cultural Property Crimes.
Amr el Rahwan

Highly qualified professional with 18 years of experience in supporting international organizations, security authorities, border security, and police for solving the issues related to national security, physical security, and public safety by studying the security gaps in the information systems, building capacities, applying standards & regulations and converting them into technologies, providing feasibility studies & roadmaps, and providing exceptional global solutions for preventing, detecting, and investigating terrorism & serious crime. Has the know-how and experience of applying the new EU regulations & the "Universal Message Format" UMF standard to achieve interoperability between the EU information systems for law enforcement in the field of borders, visa, police and judicial cooperation, asylum, and migration.

Based in the Netherlands and studying MSc in Cybersecurity at the International Hellenic University. Affiliated Member of "Secure Identity Alliance" for Interoperability for Law Enforcement & Border Security, and was a former Police Officer Engineer in Egypt.

• Design and integration of Information Systems for Public Safety & Law Enforcement, Biographic Systems, Biometrics (Fingerprint, Facial Recognition, & Iris), Digital Identity Management (E-ID, E-Passport), Borders Security (Passenger Information API & PNR Systems).
• Applying the international standards for API, PNR, Biometrics, and Interoperability & UMF "Universal Message Format".
• Interoperability between the existing EU information systems for law enforcement like EURODAC, SIS, & VIS, and the new systems like ECRIS-TCN, EES, & ETIAS by using the interoperability components like CIR, ESP, MID, & sBMS.
• Regular Speaker as an International Expert at OSCE (Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe) Conferences & Workshops to help countries establish Advance Passenger Information (API) Systems.
• OSINT "Open Source Intelligence" & Cybersecurity Lecturer at Egyptian Police Communications Institute, Egyptian Police Information Systems Institute, and Egyptian Police Forensics Science Institute.
• For two years in a row, the recommended solutions for interoperability were short-listed and presented to eu-LISA for using UMF to achieve Interoperability.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Interoperability for Solving Challenges of OSINT and Cross-Border Investigations
Ana Isabel Barros

Ana Isabel Barros currently works as applied research professor at the Dutch Police Academy. In this role she coordinates and conducts research in the field of intelligence in close cooperation with police stakeholder and international partners and actively contributes to the Police Academy intelligence educational program. She is also Principal Scientist at TNO where she is responsible for encouraging innovation, knowledge sharing and ensuring technical quality of projects and research programs in the areas of intelligence analysis, complex systems and operational analyses. As external fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of the University of Amsterdam, she conducts research in Complexity & resilience of organised crime systems. Her involvement in several international (cooperation) projects and activities, together with her large international network, academic experience and strong communication skills facilitate the establishment of links between practice and theory in an international environment.

  • AI potential to uncover Criminal Modus Operandi
Andras L. Pap

Academic Title(s), Position, (Department), Institution and Country:
Research Professor and Head of Department for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (formerly Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studie
Professor of Law at the Institute of Business Economics at Eötvös University (ELTE) and at the Law Enforcement Faculty of Ludovika University
Research Affiliate at CEU Democracy Institute, Rule of Law Research Group in Budapest, Hungary.
Adjunct (Recurrent Visiting) Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Vienna.

Relevant professional activities, experience and merits
A former visiting scholar New York University School of Law Global Law Program, and a SASPRO-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute of Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, his research interest include comparative constitutional law, human rights, law enforcement, in particular hate crimes, discrimination and the conceptualization of race and ethnicity. He worked as rapporteur, consultant, senior expert, project manager and lead researcher in various project commissioned by the European Union (the Commission as well the Parliament and the Agency for Fundamental Rights), the Council of Europe and the UN. He is a recurrent evaluator for research grants for the EU and agencies in the Czech Republic Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland and serves as expert witness for courts in the UK and the US. He habitually works with international NGO’s and think tanks like Freedom House, Transparency International, the Open Society Institute, Scholars at Risk, the Centre for European Policy Studies, International Centre for Democratic Transition, and for many years had been trainer at the International Law Enforcement Academy. He is a member of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.
In 2018 he founded the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Research Group on identity, race and ethnicity in constitutional law. He is the author of 100 publications in English and gave over 160 talks at international conferences and events.

Select recent and relevant publications
Academic freedom: A test and a tool for illiberalism, neoliberalism and liberal democracy, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Spring/Summer 2021 • Volume XXVI, Issue II.
Piecemeal Devourment: Academic Freedom in Hungary, UIC John Marshall Law Review, January 5th, 2021, https://lawreview.jmls.uic.edu/piecemeal-devourment-academic-freedom-in-hungary/
Neglect, marginalization and abuse: hate crime legislation and practice in the labyrinth of identity politics, minority protection and penal populism, Nationalities Papers The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Volume 49 Issue 3. (2020)
Democratic Decline in Hungary, Routledge, 2018.

  • Race, Ethnicity, Biotechnology and the Law: Potentiality and Challenges for Law Enforcement in the Digital Age
Andy Higgins

Andy Higgins is the Research Director of the Police Foundation, the UK's leading, policing think tank. His research and writing covers crime reduction, problem-oriented policing, community policing, multi-agency working, police governance, public priorities and victim belief. He has served on College of Policing committees, given evidence to parliament select committees and presented at numerous conferences. Between 2019 and 2022 he was a key contributor to the Foundation's Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, Andy worked in intelligence and analytical roles within London's Metropolitan Police Service, most latterly within it's Strategy Research and Analysis unit. He holds degrees from Oxford and the Open Universities.

  • Redesigning Policing and Public Safety for the Digital Age: An Example for Europe?
Anita Hazenberg

Ms. Anita Hazenberg assumed her current duties as the first Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore on 1 July 2017. In 40 years of her career in the Netherlands Police, Ms Hazenberg was involved in various operational duties across the Netherlands specializing in violence against women and children and international police cooperation. She progressed into the international foray to take up several trailblazing roles, including as the Director of the European Network of Policewomen (ENP); the first Programme Director 'Police and Human Rights' for the Council of Europe (France); the founder and first director of the School for Police Leadership; the first coordinator for International Strategic Alliances and Deployment of the Staff of the Dutch National Police Commissioner; and as the initiator and Conference Director of the global annual law enforcement think-tank consisting of top-level executives - Pearls in Policing. She holds a Master in Public Administration and Change Management.

  • Innovation and Digitalization in Global Policing: a roadmap for action
Antonio Bosisio

Antonio Bosisio is Senior Researcher at Transcrime and Data Analytics Manager at Crime&tech. His research focuses on organised crime, corruption, money laundering and financial crime. In this domain, he has partcicipated to numerous research projects at national and international level, and he is currently coordinating the EU-funded project DATACROS II. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in 2016. In his previous experiences, he worked at the European Commission (DG COMP), and at the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK.

  • Investigating High-Risk Firms through the Application of a Machine Learning-based Approach to Cross-Border Ownership Data
Arunas Paulauskas

Deputy Police Commissioner General, Member of Europol and CEPOL Management Board
2015 – 2020 Head of Command and Coordination Board of the Police Department under MoI (Police rank: Senior Commissioner, Military rank: Lieutenant Colonel)
2011 – 2015 Head of 2nd Police Station of Vilnius County Police HQ
2005 – 2011 Deputy Head of Vilnius County HQ Command Centre
1993 – 2005 Executive positions in crime prevention and crime investigation units

  • Welcome Address - Deputy Police Commissioner Lithuanian Police
Ashwinee Kumar

Ashwinee Kumar is a PhD research scholar at the "Law, Science, Technology and Society" research group of Vrije University Brussels VUB- LSTS. His research focuses on the interplay between Blockchain Technology and data protection law. He has been associated with several EU-Funded projects like ALADIN (Advance hoListic Adverse Drone Detection, Identification, and Neutralization), ARC (Awareness Raising Campaign for SMEs about GDPR), FASTER (First responder Advanced technologies for Safe and efficienT Emergency Response), INTREPID (Intelligent Toolkit for Reconnaissance and assessmEnt in Perilous Incident), and LOCARD (Lawful Evidence Collecting and Continuity Platform Development).

Before joining the VUB, he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M) in European and Transnational Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law in 2018 from the University of Goettingen, Germany, with the distinction “Sehr Gut”. His master thesis was on “Blockchain Technology’s Double Edges to the GDPR: What Liabilities a FinTech Service Provider Should Think Of”.

His research interest includes data protection and privacy, ICT laws, Legal Informatics, Comparative Constitutionalism, Human Rights, EU Law, and Legal Philosophy.

  • e-Evidence: Collection, Analysis, and Sharing: An evidence-based policy perspective by the EU funded research projects LOCARD, ROXANNE & FORMOBILE
Cedric Carre

Currently working as a Training and E-learning expert specialised in languages for the French Police Nationale Training and Recruitment Department (DCRFPN), my mission is to build, organise and implement national online curriculums.
Formerly, I spent 8 years as an English teacher at Limoges University (France) and spent 10 years as a high school teacher before that, always trying to combine the teaching of languages with new technologies and encourage e-learning possibilities.

  • Challenges of E-learning in the French Police Nationale
Costas Kalogiros

Dr Costas Kalogiros (male) is a senior researcher and project manager of AEGIS IT Research. He received his BSc in Computer Science in 2002, his MSc in Information Systems in 2004 and his PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from the Department of Computer Science of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). His research interests focus on applying the economic theory during the whole lifecycle of ICT-enabled systems, from inception to analysis, design-time and run-time, for achieving desirable goals in an efficient manner. In the Security domain, he is managing the development of Forensics Visualisation Toolkit (FVT) for supporting investigators suppressing organized crime activities in the context of ROXANNE project, funded by the EU under the H2020 programme.

  • The ROXANNE platform for supporting Law Enforcement practitioners in criminal investigations by analysing multi-modal data
David Wright

David Wright is Director of Trilateral Research Ltd, a London-based company he founded in 2004. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and co-edited and co-authored several books, including Privacy Impact Assessment (Springer, 2012) and Surveillance in Europe (Routledge, 2015). He coined the term and published the first article on ethical impact assessment. The ISO standard on privacy impact assessment (ISO 29134) was based on his PIA methodology. Similarly, the European Standardisation Committee Workshop Agreement (CEN CWA) on ethical impact assessment is based on his EIA methodology. He has participated in several foresight expert groups, including four ENISA expert groups and a DG Research Trust-at-Risk foresight group. He has developed several scenario construction methodologies, including policy scenarios for the EU-funded SHERPA project as well as “dark scenarios”, a term he coined in the SWAMI project. He is a member of the European Foresight Monitoring Network and a freelance member of the faculty of Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) Studies at the Vrjie Universiteit Brussels. He currently co-ordinates the EU-funded CC-DRIVER project on the human and technical drivers of cybercrime.

  • Clustering and other measures to improve information sharing and cooperation between LEAs and the private sector
Dimitrios Kafteranis

Dimitrios is an Assistant Professor of Law at the CFCI, Coventry University. He has studied English Language and Literature and then Law. He holds a Master of Arts in Innternational Studies and an LLM in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law. He completed his PhD at the University of Luxembourg on the legal protection of whistle-blowers in the EU banking and financial sector. He worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union prior to joining the CFCI.

  • Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the art market: A new medium for money laundering?
Eszter Kovács Szitkay

Eszter Kovács Szitkay is a PhD student at Ludovika University of Public Service, Doctoral School of Law Enforcement (Hungary, Budapest) and a junior research fellow at (formerly Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies (Hungary, Budapest). Her research interest includes access to justice, law enforcement, and the conceptualization of race and ethnicity.

Latest publication:

-- Kovács Szitkay, E., & Pap, A. (2022). Populist Pressures, Policing and the Pandemic. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (SCE 5), 279-288.

-- Kovács Szitkay, E. (2021). Egy lépéssel közelebb az igazságszolgáltatáshoz való teljesebb hozzáféréshez [One step closer to a fuller access to justice]. In: Harmati, B.; Kovács Szitkay, E.; Pap, A. L.; Papp, B. (eds.): Honestas, Humanitas, Humilitas. Budapest, Magyarország : L'Harmattan Kiadó, pp. 115-125.

  • Race, Ethnicity, Biotechnology and the Law: Potentiality and Challenges for Law Enforcement in the Digital Age
Evaldas Bruze
  • Innovative NAAS ecosystem to fight desinformation and related online threats
Fabrizio Turchi

Fabrizio TURCHI is the technological director at Institute of Legal Informatics and Judicial Systems of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IGSG). His research activities are the applications of IT to legal domain, legal standard and legal drafting, and use of the XML technologies to devise legal documents models. He has been designing and developing Web applications, formal parsers to identify parts and structures that exist inside textual documents and natural language processing techniques applied to legal documents for knowledge
extraction, such as automated text classification and anonymity processes based on Named Entity Recognition (NER). He has been involved in many European projects:
- Evidence (European Informatics Data Exchange Framework for Courts and Evidence - March 2014/ August 2016), as leader of the WP4 (Standard Issues);
- Evidence2e-Codex (Linking Evidence into e-CODEX for EIO and MLA procedures in Europe - February 2018 /January 2020), as leader of the WP3 (Matching Evidence into e-CODEX)
- EXEC-II (Electronic eXchange of e-Evidences with e-CODEX - October 2020/September 2022), as leader of the WP6 (Piloting of the exchange of digital evidence across Member States by using the Evidence Exchange Standard Package Application)
- INSPECTr (Intelligence Network & Secure Platform for Evidence Correlation and Transfer (INSPECTr, as leader of the WP2 (Provide a Reference Framework for the Standardisation of Evidence Representation & Exchange (SERE) to be implemented in the INSPECTr platform)

  • Developing of a Judicial Cases Cross-Check System for Case Searching and Correlation Using a Standard for the Evidence
Francisco José Rufián Fernández

Archaeologist, Law Enforcement Agent and PhD Candidate in Law.

  • OSINT and Cultural Property Crimes.
George Kokkinis

Georgios Kokkinis (MSc, CEng), (male) is a senior researcher - project manager, with more than 20 years of experience in security field and in the telecoms industry. In his current assignment, at the Centre for Security Studies (KEMEA), of the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, George is coordinating a H2020 research project and at the same time participates in a number of security (both physical and Cyber) research activities. George is interested in the analysis of end user requirements, the formulation of capability gaps and policy recommendations stemming from lessons learned from security research. Prior to that, George worked for Fortune-500 companies in a number of projects in Greece, the Balkans and in Israel.

  • Implementing the THOR Methodology in Security projects: Lessons learnt on the interplay of technological, human-related, organisational, and regulatory challenges.
Georgios Lygeros

I am 40 years old and I was born in Patras in Western Greece. I΄m a Police Officer and I΄m currently in charge of the Regional Department which involving in trafficking in human beings-sexual exploitation. At the same time, through my role as Regional Coordinator for internet-based crime, I work in close collaboration with the Central Division of Cyber Crime, focusing on related cases through internet. Finally, I am also a certified member of the Crises Negotiation Team of the Hellenic Police, responsible for the region of Western Greece. I have a master's degree in communication and information systems from the University of the Aegean and a master's degree in crisis management from the Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • Identification of invalid information about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on a social networking platform
Gerardo Giardiello

Gerardo Giardiello holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Florence in 2004.
From 2007 he worked as researcher or collaborator at a spin off of the Italian CNR (National Research Council), at the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the CNR and, currently, at the Institute of Legal Informatics and Judicial Systems of the CNR.

He conducts research and software implementation in the fields of legislative drafting, ontologies and knowledge representation, legal document classification and metadata extraction for legal texts analysis and consolidation, analysis of the quality of legal texts and implementation of e-justice services and tools.

In this domain, he has been involved in several national and european ICT projects on eGovernment and eJustice, with particular focus on international cooperation on cross-border judicial procedures; with the use of innovative technology such as eDelivery, eSignature and eID:
• e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services);
• EXEC (Electronic Xchange of e-Evidences with e-CODEX);
• i-SUPPORT (Case Management and Communication System for the Recovery Abroad of Maintenance);
• CARE (Citizens consular Assistance Regulation in Europe);
• e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data EXchange).

In his current assignment, he is working on a piloting of the exchange of digital evidence across Member States by using the Evidence Exchange Standard Package Application, within the EXEC-II european project.

  • Developing of a Judicial Cases Cross-Check System for Case Searching and Correlation Using a Standard for the Evidence
Héctor López Carral

Predoctoral Researcher at the Synthetic Perceptive Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) group, Barcelona, Spain.

  • An assistive system for transferring domain knowledge to novice officers
Inga Žalėnienė

Inga Žalėnienė graduated from Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania in 2001. After graduation she joined the Department of Law at Stock Company „Lithuanian Savings Bank” and worked as legal adviser. In parallel she lectured the discipline of Family Law at Mykolas Romeris University. Inga Žalėnienė defended her doctoral thesis "Representation in Civil Procedure (Theoretical and Practical Aspects)" and obtained her PhD in Law in 2006. She was appointed as Vice-Dean of Law Faculty of Mykolas Romeris University in 2009 and was responsible for the development of education policy, formation and coordination of research groups, organization of scientific project activities, planning and accounting of scientific results. Inga Žalėnienė was appointed as Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations in 2012, then in 2017 as Vice-Rector for Education and Research and since March 2019, she holds the position of Rector of Mykolas Romeris University. Inga Žalėnienė is an Administrative Board Member at the International Association of Universities (IAU) since 2016, and a Board Member of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) since 2021.

  • Welcome Address by Rector of Mykolas Romeris University
Iulian Coman

Iulian Coman is currently analyst/training officer - seconded national expert at the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training from 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' Police Academy Bucharest, with a broad experience in law enforcement training, international cooperation, public relations and analysis. Formerly a border police investigator dealing with cross-border criminality at the Romanian Coast Guard, international relations officer, trainer, spokesperson and PhD candidate in public order and national security with the 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' Police Academy Bucharest.

  • EU law enforcement training needs on digital skills and the use of new technologies
Jesús Gómez

He is a police Officer of the Spanish National Police. He is currently working as a data scientist in the General Directorate for Coordination and Studies, Secretariat of State for Security, Ministry of Interior (Spain). He completed a PhD at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

  • Increasing Efficiency in the Fight against Hate Crimes in Spain using Artificial Intelligence
Joanna Goodey

Dr. Joanna Goodey is Head of the Justice, Digital and Migration Unit at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The Unit’s work covers the fields of justice and security, including policing, as well as the areas of data and digitalisation, and migration and asylum, and combines research with evidence-based advice. Among other roles, Joanna previously chaired the EU Agencies Network on Scientific Advice and was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to working at FRA, from the mid-1990s she held lectureships in criminology and criminal justice – first in the Law Faculty at the University of Sheffield and subsequently at the University of Leeds. She was a research fellow for two years at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and has also been a regular study fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg. She is the author of the academic textbook ‘Victims and Victimology: Research, Policy and Practice’, and co-editor of the book ‘Integrating a Victim Perspective within Criminal Justice: International Perspectives’. To date, she has published many academic journal articles and book chapters – including on victims of crime, human trafficking, violence against women, and research methodologies.

  • Embedding Respect for Fundamental Rights in Artificial Intelligence for Policing and Law Enforcement
Jorn van Rij

Jorn van Rij is a senior researcher at the intelligence unit of the Netherlands National Police working on human trafficking and organized crime. His main focus is on strengthening international cooperation and the use of innovative technology to identify victimization and perpetration online. In the past he was an appointed an international expert for several European anti-trafficking projects, he was also involved in projects from Frontex, ICMPD, the UNODC and IOM and he was a member on the advisory committee for the pilot project: advising on the victimhood of human trafficking by the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Jorn holds a BSc and MSc (hon.) in Criminology from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) and a Ph.D (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Pécs (HU). He also received an honorary doctorate from GTUNI in Tbilisi for his work in Georgia.

Rij, Jorn van & McAllister, Ruth (2019) ‘Using Criminal Routines and Techniques to Predict and Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Eastern-European Women’ in: The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking, Palgrave Macmillan

Van Rij, J. & Kis Kelemen, B. (2019) ’Private military and security companies on E.U. borders: who will take responsibility for their human rights violations? – A theoretical analysis.’ In: Bence Kis Kelemen – Ágoston Mohay: EU Justice and Home Affairs Research Papers in the Context of Migration and Asylum law. University of Pécs Faculty of Law, Centre for European Research and Education

Van Rij, J., Mohay, Á. & Bileišis, M. (2020) ‘Russia’s private military forces: a dual layer of human trafficking?’ In: Conflict and Human Trafficking Nexus, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Cyber ethnographic policing as a step forward to success: A Human Trafficking example.
Jose L. Diego

He is an expert-evaluator for the European Commission within 4 different initiatives (Horizon 2020, DG Justice, DG Home and Radicalisation Awareness Network), and during his trajectory he has managed 30 EU projects (including 14 H2020-Secure Societies projects) in matters like cybercrime, forensics, hybrid threats, smart cities & security, Police ICTs, AR for LEAs, etc. Therefore, we would appreciate if he could be added to the event his name (José L. Diego, Head of Project Management, Valencia Local Police).

  • RESPOND-A Project: How Digital Tools Can Help LEAs Managing Emergencies
  • DARLENE project: Enhancing LEA decision-making by employing AR and ML capabilities
Juan Arraiza

Juan currently works as Business Manager of the European Anti-Cybercrime Technology Development Association (EACTDA). Prior to that, Juan worked as Programme Manager at Vicomtech, a research technology organisation, and previously as Project Management Office's manager at Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, a company providing valuable and actionable information to legal professionals. At the beginning of his career, Juan also worked as an IT consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Juan holds a PhD in Project Management from the Public University of Navarre (Spain) and a MSc in Computer Science from Deusto University (Spain).

  • EACTDA presentation - a new exploitation path for security research results
Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Law degree with honors, Granada University. Degree in Political science and Sociology, Complutense University, Madrid. Master of Arts in Law and diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts.
Doctor of Philosophy in Law, Bolonga University, Italy

  • Welcome Address by Chair of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament
Kristina Ott

Headquarters of the Bavarian Riot Police
Department training and further education

Senior staff for the implementation of the digitalisation strategy of the Bavarian Police Training

  • The influence of digital devices on learning interest, engagement and academic performance in basic police training - Experiences and findings
Krunoslav Antoliš

Krunoslav Antoliš
B.Sc. & MSc. in mathematics;
MSc. of Law and Business Informatics;
PhD. of Social Sciences in the field of information science;
Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate of social sciences in the field of information and communication science; Croatia
Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate of social sciences in the field of security and defense science, Croatia
Associate Professor in the field of informatics, Slovenia.
College professor with permanent appointment of social sciences in the field of information and communication science; Croatia

MOD personal rank: Major;
MOI personal rank: Chief Police Advisor;
Specialist software support in engineering, Infosistem, Zagreb 1987 - 1988
Head of Department of Informatics at the Military Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb 1988 - 1993
Head of Analytical-Information Department of the Office for Victims of War,
Croatian Government 1993 - 1994
Senior Advisor for electronics and information systems
in the Office of Assistant Chief of Army Chief of Staff for the Croatian Navy 1994 - 1995
Head of Department for Information at the Directorate for care MOD 1995 - 1997
Head of the Department of Command Informative Information System (OIS),
Croatian Military Colleges 1997 - 2001
Project Manager at the Institute for Defense Studies, Research and Development,
Croatian Ministry of Defense 2001 - 2002
Assistant professor of Informatics, Department of Informatics Faculty of Economics
in Zagreb 2002 - 2004
Lecturer PhD. at the Police College 2005 - 2009
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AKD Protection Ltd 2010 - 2012
A police officer college professor - Head of Scientific Research, Police Collage,
Police Academy, Ministry of Interior 2009 - 2013
Professor Police College - BC, PA, Ministry of Interior 2013 - ...
Member of the Council for Supervision of Secret Services, the Croatian Parliament 2003 - 2011
The Chairman of the Council for Civilian Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies,
Croatian Parliament 2011 – 2015.
As the author and co-author of numerous books and over forty scientific papers in the country and abroad. He has participated in over a hundred international conferences where more than half of that number is participating abroad. He has been an organizer and program designer of numerous international discussions and workshops. He attended numerous scientific and professional trainings in the country and abroad (England, Germany, USA, Poland ...).
He has participated as a member of more than thirty organizational / program committee of international scientific / professional conferences, and as the president of five organizational committee and three program committees of international conferences.
He was the chairman of the research project "New security threats and critical national infrastructure", and the chairman of the government Commission for the preparation of the "Draft Strategy for the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism," and as a member of the project team participated in lot of international and national projects.
He is a member of five professional associations, and three years was the executive director of the association, George C. Marshall Club Croatia.

  • Cross-border Access to Digital Evidence at Internet and Cloud
Ksenija Butorac

Ksenija Butorac, Full Prof., obtained her MSc degree in Forensic Sciences (1990) after a Law degree, and she obtained her PhD in Criminology (1996) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She has been working as a Full Professor of Criminology, Penology and Addictions at the Croatian Police College of the Ministry of Interior, also teaching at the Military Studies and at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb. She had professional trainings in the USA and the US Government awarded her the title of the honorary citizen of the State of Nebraska and the City of Lincoln for the active contribution in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in the field of addiction and addicts' delinquency (2001). She completed the Programme in Advanced Security Studies at the European Center for Security Studies „George C. Marshall“ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2011). She was a visiting professor in Law Enforcement at the Police College in Lower Saxony, Germany and at the Faculty of Public Security, Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania (2010-2016).
Her areas of research include phenomenology and etiology of the modern crime and perpetrator's profile, and especially drug related crime, juvenile delinquency, organised crime and terrorism. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and book chapters. She is enlisted in the database of lecturers, experts and researchers of the CEPOL for education and training of higher police officers in the EU. She is included as an expert in the TAIEX database of the European Commission for the chapters Social Security and Justice and Home Affairs.
She is an editor of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigations, USA and the co-editor of the official electronic periodical of CEPOL - European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin as well. Her professional profile can be found on Linkedin, Google Scholar Author Profile and ResearchGate.

Contact Details:

Ksenija Butorac, Full Prof
Police University College, Ministry of the Interior, Avenija G. Šuška 1, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Email: ksenija.butorac@gmail.com; kbutorac@fkz.hr;
Phone: +385 1 2426 340; +385 91 560 8417

  • Evidential validity of video surveillance footage in criminal investigation and court proceedings
Luigi Raffaele

Dr Luigi Raffaele is a Research Officer in the Frontex Research and Innovation Unit, where he supports the development and implementation of research studies and projects in the field of border security R&I. He joined the Research and Innovation Unit in 2019 as seconded national expert from the Ministry of Interior - Central Anticrime Directorate of the Italian National Police – Italy. Luigi previously served in the microelectronics and optoelectronics industries for 15 years. He holds a MSc degree and a PhD in Electronics, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management for Public Security.

  • Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel
Luís Elias

Luís Manuel André Elias
Superintendent of Police

Professor at Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (Lisbon - Portugal)

Liaison Officer (Portugal Liaison Bureau at Europol) - From 1 November 2021 til now
Diretor of Operations Department (National Headquarters of Police) - From May 2018 to 31 October 2021
Security Advisor to Prime Minister - From December 2015 to May 2018
Deputy Commander of Metropolitan Police of Lisbon - From October 2012 to November 2015
Chief of Operations of Metropolitan Police of Lisbon - From January 2010 to September 2012
Deputy Commander of United Nations Police in East Timor - From January 2002 to August 2003
Operations Officer at IPTF - United Nations in Bosnia & Herzegovina - From July 1998 to July 1999

Several articles and 3 books:

Elias, Luís, Gestão de Crises e a Pandemia de COVID-19 in Segurança em Tempo de Crise, revista do IDN Nação e Defesa n.º 156, 2020
Elias, Luís, A Polícia de Segurança Pública no Combate à Pandemia de COVID-19 in COVID-19 e a gestão de crises: um novo paradigma? IDN Brief, 13 de maio de 2020
Elias, Luís, A missão da PSP no quadro da pandemia de COVID-19 da série V, n.º 1, abr_jun 2020 da RPP
Elias, Luís, Terrorismo Transnacional Contemporâneo: Segurança, Justiça e Cooperação in Terrorismo e Violência Política, revista do IDN Nação e Defesa n.º 152 de 2019
Elias, Luís (2019). A Dimensão Externa da Segurança Interna de Portugal in JANUS 2018-2019. Conjuntura Internacional. A Dimensão Externa da Segurança Interna. Lisboa. OBSEVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
Elias, Luís (2019). A Cooperação Policial Europeia: a Dimensão Externa e Interna da Segurança in JANUS 2018-2019. Conjuntura Internacional. A Dimensão Externa da Segurança Interna. Lisboa. OBSEVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
Elias, Luís (2018). Crises management in international context: the role of the police in the European Union Crises management in international context: the role of the police in the European Union in Studies on international relations and security / edited by José Francisco Lynce Zagallo Pavia. Lisboa. Universidade Lusíada Editora
Elias, Luís, Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna. Desafios e Prospetiva (Lisboa: ISCPSI, 2018)
Elias, Luís, Felgueiras, Sérgio & Pais, Lúcia, Planning and policing of public demonstrations. A case study. In Police Science and Research Bulletin. (Budapest: CEPOL, 2017)
Elias, Luís, Criminalidade Transnacional Organizada. Paradoxos Conceptuais e Desafios Políticos e Operacionais in Ameaças e Riscos Transnacionais no Novo Mundo Global (Porto: Fronteira do Caos, 2016)
Elias, Luís, As Forças de Segurança e as Forças Armadas face às Ameaças e Riscos Transnacionais: Atuação Operacional Operacional Conjunta no Quadro Interno e Externo. In O Papel das Forças Armadas na Segurança Interna. (Lisboa: Universidade Lusíada Editora, 2016)
Elias, Luís (2016). Criminalidade Transnacional Organizada. Paradoxos Conceptuais e Desafios Políticos e Operacionais. In Ameaças e Riscos Transnacionais no Novo Mundo Global. Lisboa: Fronteira do Caos. Academia Militar. IPRI.
Elias, Luís, Segurança de Grandes Eventos Desportivos. Resposta Integrada para a Prevenção da Violência. In O Direito do Desporto em Perspetiva (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, CEJ, IPDJ, 2015)
Elias, Luís, Dimensões Securitárias na Contemporaneidade. Lição Inaugural da Abertura Solene do Ano Letivo 2014/2015 (Lisboa: ISCPSI, 2015)
Elias, Luís & Pinho, Pedro, Reuniões e Manifestações. Os Desafios das Novas Formas de Contestação Social, In Revista Polícia Portuguesa, Jan-Dez. 2012 (Lisboa: Direção Nacional, 2013)
Elias, Luís, A Externalização da Segurança Interna. As Dimensões Global, Europeia e Lusófona. (Lisboa: Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais, 2013)
Elias, Luís, Desafios da Segurança na Sociedade Globalizada, Working Paper #11, Observatório Político, publicado em 15/5/2012, URL: www.observatoriopolitico.pt
Elias, Luís, Estratégia Portuguesa na Gestão Civil de Crises, in Revista Nação e Defesa, n.o 129 – 5.a série, pp. 145-184, 2011
Elias, Luís & Marques Guedes, Armando, Controlos Remotos. As Dimensões Externas da Segurança Interna em Portugal (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2010)
Elias, Luís et al, Criminalidade de Massa e Criminalidade Organizada. Um Inquérito Europeu (Lisboa: DGAI – MAI, 2009)
Elias, Luís, Perspectivas policiais sobre violência doméstica in Reuniões e Manifestações Actuação Policial (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2009), pp. 249-281
Elias, Luís, A Gestão da Prevenção Criminal, In Estudos de Homenagem a Artur Anselmo (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2008), pp. 443-491
Elias, Luís, Policiamento de Proximidade – Princípios e Fundamentos para a Implementação de Estratégias de Prevenção Criminal, In Estudos de Homenagem ao Juiz Conselheiro António da Costa Neves Ribeiro (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2007), pp. 465-536
Elias, Luís, O papel da polícia na protecção de crianças e jovens, In Direito das Crianças e Jovens (Lisboa: Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada – Ministério da Justiça – Centro de Estudos Judiciários, 2007), pp. 205-217
Elias, Luís, Policiamento de Proximidade. Desafios e Perspectivas Futuras, In Polícia Portuguesa – n.o 005 (Lisboa: Direcção Nacional da PSP, 2007), pp. 26-30
Elias, Luís, Problemática da Violência Doméstica. Reflexões sobre o papel da Polícia, In Polícia Portuguesa – n.o 002 (Lisboa: Direcção Nacional da PSP, 2007), pp. 36-39
Elias, Luís, A Polícia de Segurança Pública e as Operações de Paz. Evolução da sua Participação e Perspectivas de Futuro, In Participação Portuguesa em Missões de Paz: Volume I (Lisboa: Fundação Mário Soares – Centro de Investigação e Formação para uma Cultura da Paz, 2007), pp. 294-418
Elias, Luís, Problemática da Violência Doméstica. Reflexões sobre o papel da Polícia, In Polícia Portuguesa – n.o 001 (Lisboa: Direcção Nacional da PSP, 2006), pp. 18-23
Elias, Luís, A Formação das Polícias nos Estados Pós-Conflito. O Caso de Timor-Leste (Lisboa: Instituto Diplomático, Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, 2006)
Elias, Luís, A Dimensão dos Direitos do Homem nos Estados Pós-Conflito. O Caso de Timor-Leste, In Volume Comemorativo dos 20 anos – Instituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2005), pp. 865-887
Elias, Luís, A componente policial nas missões de manutenção de paz, In Politeia – Revista do Instituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2004), pp. 83-109
Elias, Luís, A Polícia de Segurança Pública Integrada na Componente de Polícia das Nações Unidas em Timor-Leste, In Polícia Portuguesa – n.o 135 (Lisboa: Direcção Nacional da PSP, 2002)
Elias, Luís, Reforma e Reestruturação das Forças de Segurança na Bósnia Herzegovina. A Componente da Formação e Treino in Polícia Portuguesa. In Revista Polícia Portuguesa n.o 122 (Lisboa: Direcção Nacional da PSP, 2000), pp. 18-23.

  • Policing in a Digital Age: a balance between community-based strategies and technological intelligence
Maj Lenaršič

Maj Lenaršič is a software developer and data scientist at Munich Innovation Labs, focused on innovative software and AI solution development in higly regulated industries such as healthcare, security and defence.

  • AI model building for data analysis in LEAs: A practical example
Maria Eleni Vardaki

Maria Eleni Vardaki owns a Bachelor's Degree from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and a master's in Digital Communication Media and Interaction Environments (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Since 2011 she works for the Hellenic Police in Greece, while from 2015 she performs duties in the Press Office. She has previous experience in the private sector in Telecommunications Systems and Internal and External Communication of PPC S.A. With her thesis, she introduces the power of Artificial Intelligence in combination with Big Data in the fight against crime.

Catherine Sotirakou is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of computational journalism at the University of Athens, she holds a master’s in digital media and interactive environments (UoA) and a bachelor’s in journalism (AUTH). She worked for 6 years as a broadcast journalist at Alpha TV, and in 2017 she was awarded a Stavros Niarchos scholarship to study in the Lede Program at Columbia University in the city of New York. After that, she worked as a Tech and Innovation Consultant at Alpha TV and she was responsible for the digital transformation of the television channel. Her project won 3 awards: 2 Ermis Awards (Silver – Content Website, Bronze – UI & Usability) & 1 DIME Award (Gold – Best Responsive or Mobile Edition). Her main research interests are AI for measuring quality in digital news stories, data journalism, audience analysis, and natural language processing.

Constantinos Mourlas is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) since 2002. He graduated from the University of Crete in 1988 with a Diploma in Computer Science and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Informatics, University of Athens in 1995. Dr. C. Mourlas joined the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus in 1997 as a visiting Assistant Professor and as Lecturer in the same Department from 1999 to 2002. In 1998 was an ERCIM fellow for post-doctoral studies through research. He has participated in National and European projects such as :
• CALYPSO - Collaborative AnaLYsis, and exPosure of diSinfOrmation, European Project Connect/2020/5464403, 2021 -2022.
• iQJournalism: An Intelligent Advisor Predicting Perceived Quality in Journalism, National Project (ESPA), 2021 – 2023.
• FACT-CHECKING European cooperation project on disinformation and fact-checking training. Empowering current and future media and media education professionals, to identify, prevent, and combat fake news spread over digital networks, Erasmus+ KA2, Sept. 2019 - Aug.2022.
• Creative Europe Project "LABOURGAMES", Ref N°: 570569-CREA-1-2016-1-DE-CULT-COOP1, Creative Europe - Culture Sub– Support to European cooperation projects – 2016 – 2019.
• Play2DO - A simulated training framework for skills development addressing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their trainers. Reference no. 2016-1-UK01-KA202-024613, Erasmus+, 2016 – 2018.
• PredMine: A PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS PLATFORM USING LIVE BIG DATA, A Bilateral Cooperation of Science & Technology between Greece and Israel 2013-2015. Co-financed by Greece and the European Union - European Regional Development Fund.
• Erasmus+ European Project, M-CARE European Project (M-Care - 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP), Duration: 2013-2015
• European Project Erasmus+ " Assistive Technology Learning Through A Unified Curriculum/ ATLEC", LEONARDO DA VINCI Multilateral Projects for Development of innovation (duration: 1/1/2012 - 31/12/2014, total budget: 533.288 euros).
• Code RED, UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-678, Type: LLP-Leonardo-Transfer of Innovation, Starting date: 01 Oct 2013, Duration: 24 months
• RECALL - Reconnecting Excluded Communities via Lifelong Learning through the Use of Location-Based Services (RECALL KA3 LLL project - 504970-LLP-1-2009-1-UK-KA3-KA3MP) (duration: 1/11/2009 - 31/12/2012, total budget: 589.000 euros)

Current main research interests: The design and the development of communication environments that provide adaptive and personalized context to the users according to their needs, preferences, cognitive characteristics, and emotional state. Also, the use of AI in measuring quality journalism and political communication ideologies.

  • Predicting crime in Athens, Greece: A Machine Learning Approach
Maria Jofre

Maria Jofre is a postdoctoral research fellow at Transcrime. She holds a PhD in Business Analytics (The University of Sydney), as well as a Master in Operations Management and a degree in Industrial Engineering (University of Chile).

Maria is an expert in machine learning, corporate data analytics (ownership and financial), risk assessment models and open-source media analysis. Her main expertise and interests lie in the development of analytical solutions aimed at improving the assessment of transnational crimes and related risks.

  • Investigating High-Risk Firms through the Application of a Machine Learning-based Approach to Cross-Border Ownership Data
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld

Dr. Maria (Maki) Haberfeld is a Professor of Police Science, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and Chair of the department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. She holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from City University of New York. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces in a counter-terrorist unit and left the army at the rank of a Sergeant. Later she served in the Israel National Police and left the force at the rank of Lieutenant. She is one of the co-creators of Police Leadership Program for the NYPD sworn officers and the Academic Director of this program since its creation in 2001. In addition, she has created the Law Enforcement Leadership Institute for Police Chiefs in NY State and created an on-line Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate. She has trained police forces around the country and the world including, the Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Poland, India, China, Cyprus, Turkey, Mongolia, Taiwan and conducted research in over 70 police departments in the US and in 35 countries.
Dr. Haberfeld also developed and trained some units of the US Military forces, including the U.S. Marines.
She has published 22 academic books on policing and over 50 book chapters and journal articles in peer reviewed publications. Her books were translated into 3 languages and are used by police departments around the country and around the world.

  • American Policing in the Digital Age
Marion Johanna Neunkirchner

BA, Social Work, FH Campus Vienna (2011). MA, Sociology (focus: security studies, sociology of law and criminology, digitalization), University of Vienna (2018). Traineeship at IRKS (2015). Social Worker for JBA in court prison since 2015. Joined VICESSE in 2018. Certified professional trainer for adult education according to SystemCert ISO 17024.

  • Digitalization in penal system changes workflows and daily decision makings in prisons
Markianos Kokkinos

Dr. Markianos Kokkinos is the Director of the Strategy and Change Management Directorate of Cyprus Police and an adjunct Lecturer in Research Methods in Police Studies at the Open University of Cyprus. He is also member of CEPOL National Research and Science Correspondents. His research and publications focus on a range of topics, including crime and tourism, road traffic collisions, police personnel, police body-worn cameras, crime trend assessment, and police evaluation surveys. His most recent project activity is the Cyprus Police Reform Programme (2020 - 2023).

  • Challenges and Perspectives on the Digitalization of Education at the Cyprus Police Academy
Marta Rivero

Researcher at Institute for Forensic and Security Sciences (ICFS). Co-worker at Spanish National Center for Missing Persons (CNDES)

  • “SER – DesVi: developing a predictive system for the risk assessment of missing persons’ harm and fatal-violent outcomes”.
Matthias Leese

Dr. Matthias Leese

Senior Researcher

Center for Security Studies

ETH Zurich


I am a social scientist investigating the use of new and emerging technologies in law enforcement and border control. I have recently conducted a multi-year project on predictive policing in Germany and Switzerland. From 2022 on, I will start a new five-year research program, funded by the European Research Council, on data quality in European police and border control cooperation.

Relevant publications:

Egbert S and Leese M (2021) Criminal Futures: Predictive Policing and Everyday Police Work. London/New York: Routledge.

Leese M (2020) Predictive Policing: Proceed, but with Care. CSS Policy Perspectives 8(14).

Kaufmann M, Egbert S and Leese M (2019) Predictive Policing and the Politics of Patterns. British Journal of Criminology 59(3): 674-692.

For more information please consult https://matthiasleese.com/

  • Digitization: Proceed with care
Michael Whelan

Michael is an experienced cyber analyst at UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation. He engages with a wide range of sectors including financial services, national government and international law enforcement communities, contributing to the fields cybersecurity and cybercrime investigations. In particular, he works closely with law enforcement officers from across Europe, coordinating and implementing the stages of the software development lifecycle, developing open-source tools for cybercrime investigations.

He is passionate about innovation and education, with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector. He has prepared and delivered many modules for Programming for Investigators, Digital Forensics and Online Investigator training courses.

Michael holds a BSc and Research MSc from University College Dublin.

  • INSPECTr: Intelligence Network and Secure Platform for Evidence Correlation and Transfer
  • LEA Capacity Building as a Driver for the Adoption of European Research
Micha Fuchs

Since 2018, M.A. Micha Fuchs has been working in training and life-long training at the headquarters of the Bavarian Riot Police. His main areas of interest are the methodical development of basic police training as well as evaluation of training, especially in the fields of digitalisation, test performance and teacher training. In addition, Micha Fuchs is currently pursuing a PhD in educational science at the University of Bamberg.
Recent publications & conference papers:
Fuchs, M. & Enkling, G. (2022). How to successfully use a learning management system in police training. Southeast Asian Regional Police Training Conference in Phuket, Thailand, 07.-12.03.2022.
Fuchs, M. (2022). Challenges for police training after COVID-19. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (SCE 5), 205-220. DOI: 10.7725/eulerb.v0iSCE%205.480.
Fuchs, M., Becker, S., Muff, A. & Pfost, M. (2021). Empirische Befunde zur Akzeptanz von Multiple-Choice-Prüfungsformaten in der Ausbildung der Bayerischen Polizei. [Empirical findings on the acceptance of multiple-choice exam formats in Bavarian police training.] In: Polizei & Wissenschaft, Nr. 2, 2021, S. 44-69.

  • The influence of digital devices on learning interest, engagement and academic performance in basic police training - Experiences and findings
Mindaugas Bilius

Assoc. Prof., Dr., Faculty of Law, Vytautas Magnus University. Research interests: criminal procedure, pre-trial investigation, police law, private detective activities. Contacts: Vytautas Magnus University, Jonavos str. 66, LT-44191 Kaunas, e-mail mindaugas.bilius@vdu.lt

  • Whether Traditional Didactic Tools Are Appropriate for Methodics of Modern Crime Investigation?
Montserrat Marín López

María Montserrat Marín López is the Executive Director of CEPOL, the European Agency of Law Enforcement Training. She has held various leading operational and strategic roles for 26 years in a wide range of policing areas such as forensics, public safety, money laundering, drug trafficking, and irregular migration. She had been serving as Commissioner of Police since 2017. Ms. Marín López, who has broad experience in police training and education, studied Psychology and graduated with honours from the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme in 2019.

  • Welcome Address by CEPOL Executive Director
  • Conclusion of Conference
Nestor Garcia-Barcelo

Néstor García Barceló. Criminologist. Ph. D candidate in Psychology. Researcher at the Centre for Forensic and Security Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Collaborator at the Spanish National Centre for Missing Persons (CNDES).

  • “SER – DesVi: developing a predictive system for the risk assessment of missing persons’ harm and fatal-violent outcomes”.
Nicoleta Apolozan

She is a police officer (sociologist), works with The Research and Crime Prevention Institute within General Inspectorate of Romanian Police.
She graduated from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (2005). She also graduated with a Master's degree in Public Policy and European Integration (2007) from the same university, as well as a Master's degree in International Police Cooperation (2013) from the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Police Academy. She is currently a PhD student at the School of Advanced Studies of the Romanian Academy, in the field of Sociology.
She has participated in numerous studies on the etiology of crime and its specific forms of manifestation, including "Risks and vulnerabilities of students in the online environment" (2021), a study conducted within the RO Cyberex Project - Improving, cooperating and preventing in the fight against cyber crime (2021).
Her areas of interest for research include studies on the perception of public safety, police authority and public confidence in this institution.

  • Children on the Internet - Law Enforcement Challenges
Nienke de Groes

Nienke de Groes is affiliated with the Dutch Police Academy as a researcher/PhD student.

  • The potential of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in securing ports against undermining crimes
Niklas Hamann

Researcher & Project Manager │ SYNYO GmbH │ Vienna; Austria

Niklas Hamann is a researcher and project manager at SYNYO GmbH, based in Vienna Austria. He holds a Master Degree in Political Violence from the University of St. Andrews. Niklas has been coordinating and working on and a wide range of EU (HORIZON, H2020, ISF, REC) and national (FORTE, KIRAS) funded projects in the security domain, including:

  • UNCOVER (H2020): Development of an efficient steganalysis framework for uncovering hidden data in digital media.
  • NOTIONES (H2020): iNteracting netwOrk of inTelligence and securIty practitiOners with iNdustry and acadEmia actorS.
  • SHIELD (ISF): solutionS to enHance Interfaith protEction of pLaces of worship from terrorist Danger.
  • Search and Rescue (H2020): Emerging technologies for the Early location of Entrapped victims under Collapsed Structures and Advanced Wearables for risk assessment and First Responders Safety in SAR operations.
  • Re-ACT (REC): Remember and Act!
  • ResilienceWorks (KIRAS): Prevention of radicalisation in labour market integration programmes.
  • AMMONIS (FORTE): Multi modal network detection for information analysis.

At the CEPOL conference, Niklas will present the UNCOVER project, which will provide a toolkit for LEAs to detect and investigate steganography:

  • UNCOVER - Towards an efficient framework for uncovering hidden data in digital media
Nikolaos Papadoudis

Police Lieutenant
Digital Evidence Examiner at the Hellenic Police Forensic Science Division / Digital Evidence Department.
Postgraduate Student, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - MSc in Artificial Intelligence, European University Cyprus.

  • Mobile Forensics, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Current Status, Challenges and Future Directions
Noemi Alexa

Being the Head of Exchange, Research and Analysis Sector at CEPOL Noemi Alexa`s main responsibility is support the design of law enforcement training by coordinating training needs assessment and analyses. Prior to joining CEPOL she worked as an assistant professor at the Central European University teaching at MBA and Executive MBA courses with research focusing on leadership and business integrity. Before her academic carrier she was the Executive Director of the Hungarian chapter of Transparency International. In this position, she coordinated and conducted several applied research activities linked to the anticorruption field. She holds a PhD in Multidisciplinary Social Sciences from Budapest Corvinus University.

  • EU law enforcement training needs on digital skills and the use of new technologies
Olivier Onidi

Olivier Onidi is Deputy Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission, where he has been in charge of the Directorate's work on security issues since December 2016. His previous assignments include coordinating commission-wide efforts related to the Central Mediterranean route and the refugee crisis.

  • Looking Ahead: Preparing Law Enforcement for the Digitial Age
Patrick Perrot

Patrick Perrot is a French Gendarmerie General Officer who is working as the national AI coordinator for his institution. He has combined operational and scientific activities in order to fight against crime. He has a PhD in artificial intelligence and his main research interests regard biometrics, data mining, pattern recognition and public safety. He is also involved in different universities and an author of different publications in his fields of interest. He has been awarded with the ENFSI Referenced Best Article Award by the European Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  • Generative Adversarial Network for LEA:Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde ?
Paul Caruana

Paul served as a police officer for over twenty-five years. During his policing career he was responsible for setting up the police ICT Department. As project manager he oversaw the implementation of major transnational and national ICT-related projects. During the same period, he was also responsible for setting up a specialist cybercrime section for the Malta Police Force. Apart from being involved in global and local investigations, he has been a pioneer in several cyber-related areas including legislation, investigation methodologies and training. The latter saw him forge a career in training with CEPOL and later as Director of Studies at the Academy for Disciplined Forces. He has also served several international organisations, particularly in the field of cybersecurity and education.
Paul is a senior visiting lecturer at the Department of Criminology, University of Malta. He specialises in cyber criminology but also lectures on financial crime and interpersonal violence. Paul joined the Malta Financial Services Authority in March 2020 and currently holds the position of Head of Due Diligence.

  • Burning bridges – understanding participant typologies and behaviours of Live Distant Child Abuse (LDCA) as a contributor towards response calibration.
Rashel Talukder

Managing Director at the Polish Platform for Homeland Security. Former employer of Polish Police. Awarded with bronze medal for services to the Polish Police. MA in Political Science, postgraduate studies in economies. Involved in R&D in security area from more than 15 years. Interested in activities related to: acquisition of LEA requirements, fields tests, dissemination and implementation of the project results, standardisation, innovation procurement, market and research scan for LEAs. Coordinator of CYCLOPES Project - Network of Practitioners Fighting Cybercrime.

  • CYCLOPES - Cybercrime Law Enforcement Practitioners Workshop
Roger von Laufenberg

Roger von Laufenberg is a Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICESSE), where he critically researches how artificial intelligence systems are developed for a wide range of use cases (policing, care, marketing, etc.), how norms, beliefs and ideologies tend to be included in these systems, as well as the effects AI-systems have on individuals, groups and society at large. He holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews, School of Management (United Kingdom) and a MA from the University of Vienna (Austria).

  • Intelligence Led Policing and the Risks of Artificial Intelligence
Ruben Fernandez Bleda

Ruben Fernandez is a Police Officer and Project Manager in Valencia Local Police (Project Management Division). He began his career as Law Enforcement Officer in Valencia Local Police in 2005, and since then he has participated in 7 H2020 projects, in matters such as emergency management of extreme climate events and the use of social media for public security purposes. He is currently managing CC-DRIVER and RAYUELA H2020 projects, both addressing cybercrime with a specific focus on juvenile cyberdelinquency.

  • Overview of CC-DRIVER and RAYUELA projects: investigate, identify, understand and explain drivers of juvenile cyberdelinquency.
Rui Sousa-Silva

Rui Sousa-Silva is assistant professor of the Faculty of Arts and researcher at the Linguistics Centre (CLUP) of the University of Porto, where he conducts his research into Forensic Linguistics, especially in the areas of authorship analysis, plagiarism detection and analysis and cybercrime. He has a first degree in Translation and a Masters in Terminology and Translation, both awared by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University (Birmingham, UK), where he submitted his thesis on Forensic Linguistics. He has also authored and co-authored several articles on (computational) authorship analysis, plagiarism detection and analysis of cibercriminal communications. He is co-editor of the international bilingual journal Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito (with Malcolm Coulthard) and of the 2nd edition of 'The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics', published by Routledge (with Malcolm Coulthard and Alison May). He is chair of the 'Computational Linguistics' working group of the COST Action LITHME - Language in the Human-Machine Era.

  • Forensic Linguistics: The potential of language for Law Enforcement in the Digital Age
Ruth Linden

Ruth works as a policy advisor for the Europol Innovation Lab. Under the umbrella of the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security, she contributes to the "Accountability Principles for AI" (AP4AI) project, run in partnership with five EU JHA Agencies and their academic partner CENTRIC, aiming at developing accountability principles for the use of AI in the field of internal security.

  • Accountability Principles for Artificial Intelligence (AP4AI) in the Internal Security Domain - Europol Innovation Lab
Ruud Staijen

Ruud Staijen, MSc MBA, Program Director. Commissioner of the Dutch National Police, works as a policeman, sociologist and business expert. He holds a degree from the Dutch Police Academy, studied social sciences at the University of Groningen (MSc) in the Netherlands and completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the universities of Rotterdam and Berkeley, California.
Ruud worked in various operational and leading roles within the Dutch National Police. From 2013 until 2018 he contributed his experience to the force as an ICT programme director. Within that context, the standardization and redesign of information systems of the newly formed Dutch National Police was the major focus. Ruud was responsible for Operational Police Processes.
In 2019 Ruud became Program Director of a new program in the forensic field, focusing on: DNA techniques, fingerprint, facial recognition, voice recognition, drugs analytics, remote forensics, mobile laboratories etc.. With this programme the Dutch police aims to increase the speed of biometric tracing and is working on the growing importance of forensic investigations and forensic intelligence and how this may give better direction within criminal investigations.

  • The Importance of Forensic Speed in Crime Fighting - making things digital
Sigute Stankeviciute

Dr. Sigute Stankeviciute, Advisor and Project manager at General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

I defended my Ph.D. thesis on ‘Legal regulation of electronic surveillance’ in 2020. My Ph.D. research required an interdisciplinary approach and analysis on number of fields of law: privacy and data protection, criminal procedures law, European Union (EU) and international law, cyber security law as well as knowledge in technology and innovation.
At the moment, I continue to do research on privacy and cyber security law by participating as an expert in EU R&D projects funded by EU research program H2020. Namely, SPARTA, EU-HYBNET, STARLIGHT, GRACE, SECURIT, Tools4LEAs projects. However, my primary focus is to complete a national R&D&I project ‘Development of the National Ecosystem for Recognition and Analysis of Information Impact (NAAS)’. The results of the NAAS project are of strategic importance to Lithuania. Therefore, we expect results of this project to be used at national and EU level for unarmed defence operations (combating disinformation, fake news and related cyber threats), military and law enforcement training, innovation uptake (sand-box for technologies testing) and education for universities.

  • Innovative NAAS ecosystem to fight desinformation and related online threats
Sirpa Virta

Professor of Police Management at Tampere University. Adjunct Professor at Defense University. Visiting Professor of Security Policy, Flinders University, Adelaide Australia.

  • Digital Meets Political: Strategic Preparedness of the Police for AI and Hybrid Threats
Tatjana Kuznecova

Tatjana Kuznecova, MSc, is a researcher and project leader in Saxion University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.

Tatjana holds a double Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Technology acquired in Riga Technical University (Latvia) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania). Her previous professional experiences include research and educational work in Riga Technical University (Latvia) and University of Twente (Netherlands) and participation in various local and international projects.
At the moment, Tatjana is working with two research groups at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, one of which - Advanced Forensic Technology - is devoted to development and application of new techniques to facilitate crime investigations. As a coordinator and senior researcher Tatjana has been leading research lines of Data Science in Crime (completed project 'Cold Case: Solved and Unsolved') and Environmental Crime (new EU ISF-P project 'NarcoView').
In her projects Tatjana mostly focuses on the applications of geo-spatial data techniques, data science and data mining.

  • Use of digital tools and data science techniques to facilitate cold case investigation
Theodora Tsikrika

Dr. Theodora Tsikrika is a computer scientist specialised in Information Retrieval and Data Mining, with particular focus on AI technologies and security/cybersecurity applications. She received the Degree in Computer Science from University of Crete, Heraklion, the MSc degree in Advanced Methods in Computer Science from Queen Mary, University of London, and the PhD degree in Computer Science also from Queen Mary, University of London. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with CERTH-ITI and has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at CWI (Amsterdam, the
Netherlands), the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (Sierre, Switzerland), and the Royal School of Library and Information Science (Copenhagen, Denmark). Her research interests focus on the fields of Information Retrieval and Data Mining, and include AI technologies, OSINT methods, Web search, domain-specific data discovery, Web and social media mining, multimodal analytics, and evaluation, with particular focus on security/cybersecurity applications. She has participated in several European Security research projects, with particular focus on Fight Crime & Terrorism and Cybersecurity projects (e.g., CONNEXIONs, CREST, ECHO, ODYSSEUS) and in several European ICT research projects (e.g., MULTISENSOR, PROMISE, VITALAS), and has co-authored more than 80 publications in refereed journals and international conferences.

  • CONNEXIONs H2020 project: crime scene investigation and training through 3D reconstruction and VR
Thomas Havranek

Thomas Havranek
Partner CIN Consult, Vienna, Austria
Tax lawyer, CFE, Court Expert Witness,
first Austrian firm for white collar crime investigation, first project in Russia 1999, forensic & fraud investigations for major clients in finance, construction and technology industry. Assisting white collar crime investigations for prosecutors as cert. court expert witness since 25 years. Investigated for and with GA office in major bank fraud and money laundering case with AI and visualization technologies. Investigating OC related online gambling organizations.

  • The Human Factors and AI in Countering Financial Crime and Tracing Illicit Money Flows
Tiina Koivuniemi

PhD Tiina Koivuniemi, Senior Lecturer, Police University College, Finland.
Tiina Koivuniemi has a long and diverse experience in education, organisational development and international cooperation. Koivuniemi has over 25 years of experience in organisational development and education. For the last 15 years, she has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Police University College (Finland). She has been active in the development of police leadership training (Bachelor and Master level, CEPOL European Joint Master Programme, other management and leadership trainings) and has participated in international development and capacity building projects in 27 countries. She has several years’ experience as a quality auditor and external examiner. Since 2019, she has been working abroad at the Rabdan Academy in the United Arab Emirates, where she was developing leadership training and acting as a trainer and expert in the field of management and leadership. Since 2020, she has been Resident Twinning Advisor in Albania. Her latest publications are:

Larry Poe, Nikola Protrka, Mark Roycroft, Tiina Koivuniemi (2001): Knowledge Management (KM) and Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP). Modern Police Leadership, Springer International Publishing.

Koivuniemi, Tiina (2021): Aivoystävällinen työpaikka käytännössä, Triforma Oy

Koivuniemi, T. (2018). Management and Leadership Training in Police Organization. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (4 SCE), 197-206.

  • Developing Law Enforcement Agencies Online - Challenges and Opportunities in International Development Cooperation
Tor Damkaas

Tor retired from march 2021 after 45 years of service and is still engaged part time by the Norwegian Police University College.

He conducted several international missions, Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) from 1997, Sierra leone (UNAMSIL) from 2002 Twice in Afghanistan first time from 2005 in a bi-lateral Norwegian-Afghan project (NORAF) and from 2011 as an advisor to UNAMA. In 2007 Tor was deployed to Ache province in Indonesia on a Norwegian – Indonesia bi-lateral police advising project on Human Rights. From 2015 till late 2016 Tor was part time deployed as police representative from Ministry of Justice and Security in Norway to a bilateral mission of Legal Experts to Ukraine.

Tor has also participated as a police member to the annual governmental “Norwegian-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue” delegation three times 2009 -2010 and 2011.

Since 2013 Tor was a member of the international Management Team responsible for the annual “Senior Strategic Police Advisors Masterclass on Security Sector Reform”, Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the courses 2020 and 2021 was cancelled, but is now scheduled for 2022 in Germany.

2015-2017 Tor chaired the working group “Police Training and Education” of the EU-funded research project “Community Based Policing and Post Conflict Police Reform” (ICT4COP) coordinated by prof. Ingrid Nyborg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. During the entir. He chaired the 50 individual strong Police Experts Network group established to assist the research project and was instrumental in developing the e-learning course “Community oriented Policing for International Police AXAlldvisors”.

Published articles:
Tor Damkaas and Jaishankar Ganapathy: “Pathways to Understanding Community-Oriented Policing in Post-Conflict Societies” European Police Science and Research Bulletin; Issue Summer 2017.

Tor Damkaas, Jaishankar Ganapathy and Alf Naesje “A Bird’s-Eye View from the Field - How a Police Experts Network Can Be an Important Link in Facilitating Sustainable Community-Oriented Policing in Post-Conflict Contexts”. Journal of Human Security; 2021, Volume 16, Issue 2.

  • E-learning Community Policing for International Police Advisors
Umut Turksen

Professor in law, Centre in Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University, United Kingdom
E-mail: umut.turksen@coventry.ac.uk

Dr Umut Turksen leads the EU-funded TRACE Project (https://trace-illicit-money-flows.eu) and the Law, Risk and Compliance Cluster at the Research Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University. He is interested in the practical application of the law in innovation, societal security and development. He has published several books and articles on energy, financial crime and international trade and economic law. He has provided consultancy and training to prestigious international businesses and government projects, including technical assistance programmes for multinational corporations (e.g., France Telecom, Equas Ltd, Wilmington Plc) and international organisations (e.g., Commonwealth, NATO, EUROPOL); and professional development training for practitioners and EU-funded projects (e.g., SecuCities, MUTRAP III, COFFERS, PROTAX, VIRTEU). Umut is also a member of the UK Innovation Caucus.

  • Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the art market: A new medium for money laundering?
  • The Human Factors and AI in Countering Financial Crime and Tracing Illicit Money Flows
Vesa Huotari

Senior researcher, Police University College. Latest publication in English is a collection of essays with a handful of colleagues on Innovations and Innovativeness in the police and policing (freely available in: https://www.theseus.fi/handle/10024/502515 )

  • The police – a tool, machine or technical ensemble?
Wendy Schreurs
  • AI potential to uncover Criminal Modus Operandi
Ylva Johansson

Ms Ylva Johansson was appointed European commissioner for home affairs in December 2019. From Sweden, she was minister for employment in the Swedish government from 2014 to 2019, minister for welfare and elderly healthcare from 2004 to 2006 and minister for schools from 1994 to 1998. Johansson was educated at Lund University and the Stockholm Institute of Education.

  • Welcome Address by EU Commissioner Home Affairs
Zaneta Navickienė

Žaneta Navickienė, Professor, Doctor of Law, Public Security Academy, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. Research interests: criminal procedure, pre-trial investigation, hate crime and hate speech, competence of law enforcement.
Žaneta has more than 20 years of practical law enforcement experience, prepared more than 60 scientific publications, presented reports at more than 30 conferences, worked in more than 12 international projects.

  • Whether Traditional Didactic Tools Are Appropriate for Methodics of Modern Crime Investigation?