What is the i-LEAD Research Day?
For 2020 as well as the Industry Day – i-LEAD will also run a separate ‘Research Day’. The event is organised in association with the Europol Innovation Lab and “The Hague Security Delta” (HSD). The event provides a space for research initiatives and researchers to deliver presentations directly to security practitioners and procurement specialists from European law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The goal of the meeting is to foster cooperation, supporting an ongoing dialogue between LEAs and the research market. The dialogue combines several topics directed at the known gaps and needs of practitioners identified in practitioners’ workshops organised through i-LEAD.
The themes for this year’s event include –
The research of technologies and novel approaches to combat them is deeply embedded in the i-LEAD project. The team responsible for monitoring the Research sphere is compiling reports dedicated to LEAs and the European Commission to inform them of the relevant work being executed.
How the event will work
The Research projects, technology concepts and ideas will present their work directly to LEAs and members of Industry. An opportunity for dialogue and dedicated Q&A will accompany the session with the goal of covering the most pertinent topics.
To bring extra value from the day and support the overall goal of fostering dialogue, there will be a separate session dedicated to known problems/scenarios to be discussed during the event. Prior to the meeting, we will release 5 short introductions to issues within a crime domain – for example, Drug Crime, Digital Forensics, etc. The idea is to encourage ideas and suggestions for cooperation between parties and discuss possibilities for dealing with the situations. Before the event, interested parties can release suggestions and during the online meeting these ideas, along with the issues, will be introduced and summarised. The audience will then vote for the ideas that should be covered in detail. We will use the time slot to cover as many topics in detail, brainstorming the suggestions and creating a mind-map of the ways we can deal with the challenges. The outcome from this part of the event will be summarised and included in the official Research Day report.)
What Technologies interest i-LEAD?
Although the crime areas differ in practicality, many of the technologies that could help support Law Enforcement and improve the fight against criminals are cross-sectional. Moreover, due to the demand for innovative solutions, technologies that offer wider coverage and that can integrate with existing systems are very attractive.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions that supplement other technologies or can integrate with other solutions are a key focus area in 2020. The Technology Gaps and Needs covering the Crime Areas, regularly mention these requirements.