Two representatives of the CounteR consortium from Bulgaria’s IMG and EI took part in Project CREST’s final conference on 21-22 February 2023, which gathered over 40 representatives in-person and online.
The event featured a panel dedicated to presentations of sister projects.
EI’s Dr. Borislav Mavrov and IMG’s Georgi Kostadinov provided an overview of CounteR’s goals, objectives and most recent achievements in the context of detecting and preventing radicalisation. A particular emphasis was placed on the specific state-of-the-art technologies that CounteR has – Big Data, NLP, Deep Reinforcement Learning, and Image Analysis. The CounteR tool supports content in eight languages, including English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Greek; and work with a variety of ideologies and sub-ideologies, among which: Jihadism, Far Right, Salafism, White Supremacism, Antisemitism, Nationalism, and others.
The attendees had the opportunity to learn about the scientific publications and research papers, authored by CounteR’s experts, as well as about the project’s thematic Cluster Group. They were all invited to join the group on LinkedIn and participate in the upcoming webinar discussions.
In addition, the EI and IMG representatives presented CounteR’s website section on sister projects and offered an opportunity for participants to be provided with space for showcasing their projects on the CounteR website.
In addition to CounteR, ODYSSEUS, STARLIGHT, CTC, and LAW-GAME were also presented during the conference. All these initiatives are supported through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation.
The CREST conference was organised by the Centre for Security Studies (KEMEA) and included panels on cross-border fights against organized crime, addressing the needs of victims as a core element of counter-terrorism responses, the protection of public figures in motorcades and public spaces, and counter terrorism security in crowded areas.