Recent and Ongoing Projects

CEIS-European Office carries out projects for the European institutions, national administrations of Member States or private companies. We also participate in research projects funded by the European Commission. Here are examples of some of our projects:

PREDICT (FP7 Security - 2014/2017)

The objective of the PREDICT project is to provide a comprehensive solution for dealing with cascading effects in multi-sectorial crisis situations covering aspects of critical infrastructures. The PREDICT solution will be composed of the following three pillars: methodologies, models and software tools. Their integrated use will increase the awareness and understanding of cascading effects by crisis response organisations, enhance their preparedness and improve their response capability in case of cascading failures.

The PREDICT project consortium consists of research centers (CEA, Fraunhofer, TNO, VTT), SMEs (CEIS, ITTI), big companies (Thales and Thales Netherlands) as well as three end-users (VRZHZ, SYKE and UIC).

The high-quality of the developed solutions will also be assured by the strong involvement of end-users in the project. End-users will intervene at three levels: as partners of the consortium, as members of the Advisory Board, and representatives from relevant organisations across Europe invited to regular workshops.

In the projec, CEIS is leading two work packages. CEIS is in charge of the management of the network of end-users involved in the PREDICT project, as well as of the dissemination and exploitation activities. 

RECOBIA (FP7 Security Project - 2012/2015)

CEIS is coordinator of the FP7 Security Project RECOBIA.

The aim of RECOBIA is to improve the quality of intelligence analysis by reducing the negative impact of cognitive biases upon intelligence analysis. The RECOBIA project consortium consists of companies working in the field of intelligence analysis and IT (CEIS, Thales, Hawk, Atos, Zanasi SrL), research centres (CEA, University of Konstanz, Graz University of Technology) and psychologists (ISEA Psy) specialised in cognitive biases. Lastly, the EUROSINT FORUM, the pan-european association of Intelligence professionals in the field of OSINT, is partner the consortium.

The objective of the EUROSINT FORUM is to facilitate the involvement of intelligence professionals in the project and to engage with the community of end-users, who are strongly involved in the project. Currently around twenty European agencies have expressed interest joining the project.

As Coordinator of RECOBIA, CEIS is involved in the research aspects of the project as well as day-to-day management of the project.

 
VIRTUOSO (FP7 Security project - 2010/2013)

CEIS was partner and member of the management team of VIRTUOSO, an FP7 Security project conducted between 2010 and 2013. VIRTUOSO aimed to construct a standardised demonstration platform for different systems of intelligence gathering and analysis. VIRTUOSO was an advanced integrated toolkit, developed around open architecture to exploit open source information to provide decision support for security authorities. This project involved major security industry companies (Cassidian, Thales, ATOS), national laboratories (CEA, TNO, ISDEFE) and SMEs in the field of high-tech (Mondeca, Sailabs,...). VIRTUOSO was conducted in cooperation with several agencies, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and ministries from across the EU. 

The main task of CEIS was to establish and maintain the link with the community of end-user. Over 120 individuals representing over 40 public organisations from 13 Member States and 5 EU institutions took part in one or multiple workshops during the course of the project. 

                                                          www.virtuoso.eu

SAFIRE (FP7 Security project - 2010/2013)

CEIS is a partner of SAFIRE, an FP7 Security Project, led by the Dutch national laboratory TNO (2010-2013). Involving research centres, analysts and public players, SAFIRE aims to gain a thorough understanding of the roots of violent extremism in order to improve prevention methods against the phenomenon of radicalisation. CEIS is in charge of modelling the structure and behaviour of violent extremist groups. This project is a continuation of CRIME, an earlier European project on radicalisation conducted by CEIS.

www.safire-project.eu

EUROCYBEX (CIPS Project - DG HOME - 2011/2012)

EUROCYBEX is a European cyber crisis exercise involving multiple European member states. The project was coordinated by CEIS and supported by the European Network and Information Society Agency (ENISA). It received funding from DG Home of the European Commission in the framework of the Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security-related Risks (CIPS) programme. Integrated into the European programme of cyber crisis exercises, EUROCYBEX was built upon the results of the exercise Cyber Europe 2010. The objectives of the project were to test and improve cooperation procedures in cyber crises at European level.

 

To read the final public report of the EUROCYBEX Project, please click here

OSINT Training Courses (EDA - 2008/2009)

CEIS carried out the conception and organisation of three training courses on open source intelligence (OSINT) for the European Defence Agency (EDA). Each course was held over two weeks and was attended by about 25 participants. Four additional training courses were dedicated to African and humanitarian affairs.

CRIME (ISEC project - DG HOME - 2008/2009)

The CRIME Project involves cooperation between CEIS, the Dutch research centre TNO and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Its aim is to model the behaviors seen in the process of violent radicalisation (terrorism). The general approach was, on a proposal from CEIS, to base the study on a division between "demand" (terrorist groups) and "supply" (potential terrorist individuals). In charge of the groups' analysis, CEIS developed a typology of groups based on their nature and functioning rather on their ideology. 

 

To read the final report of the CRIME project, click here

"Level Playing Field" (EDA - 2008)

Within a consortium lead by ISDEFE, CEIS conducted a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The aim of the study is to analyse state aid practices in the distribution of state aid in support of the armament industry, as well as state ownership in the industry.

UIAT - Universal Intelligence Analyst Tool (EDA - 2008)

UIAT is a mission commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and conducted with the Parmenides Fundation (Germany). The mission was to conceive an initial study in order to define an intelligence analysis tool (both at tactical and strategic levels) for the armed forces. 

Mapping of European Defence Industry (DG Enterprise - 2006/2007)

Study coordinated by the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) for the DG Entreprise. CEIS conducted a comprehensive mapping of the European defence industry including sales, workforce, geographic distribution, and R&D budget.

Search engines for Military Intelligence (EDA - 2006)

Study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA) on the application of open source intelligence (OSINT) for military use.