Using Big Data to Fight
Internet-Organized Crime

Workshop 1.5

Wednesday 14th / 10:30h - 12:30h
Siemens Conference Center Vienna
Meeting Room to be confirmed

Session Description & Objectives

The session will be based on the results and insights of three H2020 projects: TITANIUM, DANTE and ASGARD.

  • TITANIUM: scrape and analyse dark web and cross-analyse with virtual currency trading patterns, while respecting the privacy of legitimate users; presentation by Ross King (AIT; coordinator) and Freek Bomhof (TNO).
  • DANTE: monitor and analyse terrorist-related activities on the internet (surface, deep and dark web) aimed at online fund-raising, propaganda, training and disinformation.
  • ASGARD: image analysis and authorship attribution technologies to find traces of criminal activities in various data sources; presentation by Seán Gaines (Vicomtech).

The presentations will include brief demos of some intermediate results where possible.

After these introductions, a guided interaction with the audience is done with the explicit goal to establish links between topics, including for instance privacy-aware data collection, graph analysis based on heterogeneous sources, multilingual natural language processing, standardization of taxonomies and ontologies.

First, the list of topics will be extended with inputs from the audience. Then, a voting will be done to identify the most promising topics. Then, for each topic, a brainstorm will be held. The brainstorm will address a further analysis of the topic and to make explicit relations between researchers and/or practitioners.

Expected Outcomes

Identification of links between the cybercrime application area and other application areas, in fields like text analytics, graph analytics, natural language processing, and privacy-aware analysis.

Target Audience

Researchers and practitioners in the field of web scraping, text mining, NLP, blockchain / virtual currency analysis.

Representatives of Law enforcement agencies or from organizations that have to deal with cybercrime in their operations.

We will notify the project stakeholders across Europe on the session.


Freek Bomhof
Business Consultant & Project Manager at TNO

Freek has a background in Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision and has been holding a number of positions in applied research. Since 2003 he has joined TNO where he now works as a senior consultant and project manager in the Data Science department. He is actively developing H2020 projects, where his interest lies in the interplay between society and technology. Within BDVA, Freek is active as the lead of the Taskforce on Policy and Societal aspects of Big Data.

Ross King
Senior Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology

Ross King is a Senior Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna and is the Thematic Coordinator of the research field "Data Science." His research focuses on the management, discovery, and analysis of digital multimedia. He has coordinated numerous national and international research projects, including the H2020 project TITANIUM, which concerns the analysis of virtual currencies and their use in darknet markets, and the German-Austrian bilateral project FLORIDA, which applies machine learning techniques to the forensic analysis of large-scale audio-visual data.