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Big Data in Secure Societies – 2nd Workshop

October 18, 2016 @ 09:30 - 16:30


Brussels | Free entry

The European Union Satellite Centre is organising a workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, which will be held the 18th of October 2016 in Brussels (SOST, Rue du Trône 62). The workshop is the second of a scheduled series within the BigDataEurope project for the H2020 Societal Challenge “Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”.


Preliminary agenda

09.30 – 10.10: Registration and Coffee

10.10 – 10.30: Welcome and Workshop presentation (Sergio Albani, Responsible for RTDI, European Union Satellite Centre)

10.30 – 10.50: The BigDataEurope project (Simon Scerri, BDE Deputy Project Coordinator, Fraunhofer IAIS)

10.50 – 11.10: Big Data, Societal Challenges and the Policy Context (Kimmo Rossi, Head of Sector R&I Execution in the DVC, EC CNECT.G3)

11.10 – 11.30: Big Data and Secure Societies (Pascal Legai, Director, European Union Satellite Centre)

11.30 – 11.50: Big Data Challenges in building GEOSS (Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, GEO)

11.50 – 12.10: Space Data for Secure Societies (Daniel Quintart, Policy Officer, EC GROW.I3)

12.10 – 12.30: Big Data Challenges in Cybersecurity (Pierre Chastanet, Deputy Head of Unit Cybersecurity & Digital Privacy, EC CNECT.H1)

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.20: Industry view of Big Data Challenges for Secure Societies (Geoff Sawyer, Secretary General, EARSC)

14.20 – 14.40: Space-based applications and Big Data (Roberto Cossu, Application Engineer, ESA TIA-APS)

14.40 – 15.00: Big Data Technologies and Scenarios (Vangelis Karkaletsis, Research Director, NCSR Demokritos)

15.00 – 15.20: Big Data pilots for Secure Societies (Sergio Albani, Responsible for RTDI, European Union Satellite Centre)

15.20 – 15.40: Demo of the BigDataEurope pilot for Secure Societies (Manolis Koubarakis, Professor, University of Athens)

15.40 – 16.10: Interactive Q&A Session (Chair Manolis Koubarakis, Professor, University of Athens)

16.10 – 16.20: Summary, Outreach and Feedback (Simon Scerri, BDE Deputy Project Coordinator, Fraunhofer IAIS)

16.20 – 16.30: Closing Note and Farewell (Kimmo Rossi, Head of Sector R&I Execution in the DVC, EC CNECT.G3)

16.30: End of workshop




The workshop will address a wide audience comprising key stakeholders, data users and service providers from a variety of domains in Secure Societies such as Space & Security and Cybersecurity.

By dedicated interactive sessions on specific topics, the workshop aims to:

  • Go into current and future Big Data needs and challenges in Secure Societies;
  • Contribute to the building of a community sharing Big Data requirements and strategies;
  • Discuss real user scenarios and use cases, e.g. related to the provision of products and services in the Space & Security domain;
  • Present and have feedback on the BigDataEurope pilot for Secure Societies currently under implementation and dealing with the integration of remote and social sensing data for change detection;
  • Offer the opportunity to participate in the BigDataEurope project and in the Big Data platform development.



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 the Secure Societies 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 is providing 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 is engaging with a diverse range of stakeholder groups representing the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and implementing a Big Data Aggregator Platform Infrastructure comprising key open-source Big Data technologies for real-time and batch processing to meet their requirements.


1st Workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies

The 1st workshop on Big Data in Secure Societies, organised by the EU SatCen in the framework of the BigDataEurope project, was held in Brussels the 30th of September 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss on Big Data needs, requirements and use cases in Secure Societies contributing to the building of a community through interactive sessions with the audience.

The workshop was a success with participants coming from the European Commission (DG CNECT, DG HOME, DG GROW, DG RTD), JRC, EDA, EUROPOL, Frontex, ESA, DLR, CDTI, ASD-EUROSPACE, EARSC and a number of other entities and private companies covering the domains of Space & Security, Fight against Crime and Cybersecurity. Keynote speeches were delivered by representatives from the European Commission, EUROPOL-EC3, SatCen and the BigDataEurope project.


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:


October 18, 2016
09:30 - 16:30
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