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Big Data in Secure Societies – 1st Workshop

September 30, 2015 @ 10:30 - 16:30


The BigDataEurope Consortium is organising a workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, which will be held the 30th of September 2015 in Brussels at the Spanish Office of Science and Technology (SOST), Rue du Trône 62. The workshop is the first of a scheduled series within the BigDataEurope project for the H2020 Societal Challenge “Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”. 



By dedicated sessions on specific topics involving the main representatives from the BigDataEurope project and the Security domain, the workshop aims to:

  • Identify current and future Big Data needs and challenges in the H2020 Secure Societies Societal Challenge;
  • Contribute to the building of a Security Community aiming at collecting Big Data user requirements and sharing Big Data strategies;
  • Show and discuss real user scenarios and use cases, e.g. related to the provision of products and services in the Space and Security domain;
  • Influence the BigDataEurope project and define the pilots for the Security domain;
  • Support the design and realization of the necessary ICT infrastructure on which the deployment and use of the BigDataEurope platform will be based.

This workshop will address a wide audience comprising data users and service providers from a variety of fields in the Security domain, offering a key opportunity for Security stakeholders to participate in the BigDataEurope project and in the Big Data platform development.


Preliminary agenda

Welcome and Workshop presentation (10.30 – 10.40) Gisele Roesems-Kerremans (EC CNECT.G3) 

Introduction Talks (10.40 – 11.40)

  • 10.40 – 11.00 Big Data and Societal Challenges (Gisele Roesems-Kerremans , EC CNECT.G3)
  • 11.00 – 11.20 The BigDataEurope project (Sören Auer, Fraunhofer IAIS)  
  • 11.20 – 11.40 Big Data and Secure Societies (Sergio Albani, EU SatCen) 

Invited Talks (11.40 – 12.40)

  • 11.40 – 12.00: Space Data for Secure Societies (Sakellaris Hourdas, EC GROW.I3) 
  • 12.00 – 12.20: Social and Open Source Data for Secure Societies (Jean-Dominique Nollet, EUROPOL EC3) 
  • 12.20 – 12.40: Big Data challenges in Cybersecurity and Trust (Pierre Chastanet, EC CNECT.H4) 

Lunch (12.40 – 14.10)

Interactive Session 1: Big Data Technologies in Secure Societies (14.10 – 15.10) Chair Vangelis Karkaletsis (NCSR Demokritos)

  • Topic 1: Technical challenges and issues
  • Topic 2: Data science and advanced analytics
  • Topic 3: Architectures and infrastructural layers

Interactive Session 2: Big Data Users in Secure Societies (15.10 – 16.10) Chair Manolis Koubarakis (University of Athens)

  • Topic 1: User requirements and needs
  • Topic 2: Pilots, use cases and scenarios
  • Topic 3: On-going projects and initiatives

Summary, Outreach and Feedback (16.10 – 16.20) Sergio Albani (EU SatCen)

Closing Note and Farewell (16.20) Gisele Roesems-Kerremans (EC CNECT.G3)

End of workshop (16.30)



The “Secure Societies” Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge is related to the protection of freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

The primary aims of the Secure Societies Challenge are: to enhance the resilience of our society against natural and man-made disasters; to develop novel solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure; to fight crime and terrorism; to improve border security; to support the Union’s external security policies; to provide enhanced cyber-security.

An example of major activity within this Societal Challenge is the provision of geospatial products and services, mainly resulting from satellite data. In fact the datasets used in the Space and Security domain comply with the definition of Big Data in terms of variety (Earth Observation data, aerial imagery and collateral data), volume (several governmental and commercial satellites are currently in orbit), velocity (24/7 availability to users requiring fast responses), veracity (decision making and operations require reliable sources) and value (provision of useful and clear information).

BigDataEurope will provide support mechanisms for all the major aspects of a data value chain, in terms of employed data and technology assets, the participating roles and the established or evolving processes. BigDataEurope will engage with a diverse range of stakeholder groups representing the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and implement a Big Data Aggregator Platform Infrastructure comprising key open-source Big Data technologies for real-time and batch processing to meet their requirements.


Other Info


Sergio Albani (Secure Societies Domain Leader)


Opportunities to Engage

There are many other opportunities for stakeholders to engage with the work being undertaken by BigDataEurope, including:


September 30, 2015
10:30 - 16:30
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Spanish Office of Science and Technology (SOST)
Rue du Trône 62
Brussels, Belgium
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