ADVISE Liaison Workshop on Social Acceptability of Smart Surveillance

24 Nov 2014 14:00
26 Nov 2014 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) and the Crime and Society Research Group (CRiS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (ENG) – Laboratorio di Ricerca e Sviluppo; and Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) – Multimedia and Vision Research Group (MMV) are organising:

 

ADVISE Liaison Workshop
on Social Acceptability of Smart Surveillance

jointly with

VideoSense 2014 Winter School
on Multimodal and Privacy-Respecting Video Analytics

 

ADVISE Liaison Workshop
on Social Acceptability of Smart Surveillance

 

Description

The European Union invests considerable amounts of public money in research that, on the one hand, supports the development of new smart surveillance tools and technologies, and, on the other, assesses the societal implications of such solutions. Both types of surveillance research serve in the society similar goals, but they are motivated by different logics, executed in a different manner and often in silos, as well as their results are applied differently.

The first type of projects often face complex dilemmas surrounding the insertion of intrusive technologies into society for which the latter type of project seeks to provide and analyse solutions. For the second type of research, the need to understand technological developments and their limits in order to properly assess the societal concerns is a key. In addition, although law enforcement authorities often collaborate closely with technically oriented research projects, they are less well connected with non-technological, societally oriented projects. While most would agree that such projects would be served better by working closely with each other, experience repeatedly demonstrates that the opposite is the case. Therefore, the interaction between technology development, societal research, and public authorities is crucial.

This workshop will gather representatives from both types of activity, supported by law enforcement agencies, with a view to a multi-sided debate about possible and desirable shape of surveillance solutions deployed in the European society. In particular, the workshop will debate:

  1. What are the respective needs and requirements of technologically- and socially-oriented research, and of public authorities?
  2. How to arrange a smooth, efficient and fruitful collaboration between these three types of stakeholders?

The workshop is expected to contribute to the debate on the acceptable extent of the invasiveness of contemporary surveillance solutions in the European society. It is also expected to add to the debate on optimal methods of collaboration between the three main stakeholders in achieving so.

Method

These goals will be achieved through a 3-part meeting of minds, a discussion of the contexts in which technologically oriented research, societally oriented research, law enforcement agencies and other the stakeholders interact.

  1. Stakeholders will introduce the context and discuss their operational needs and requirements;
  2. Three European research projects will demonstrate the surveillance tools developed through their research;
  3. Societally-oriented European projects will discuss the meeting-place of technological security measures and societal values, the extent to which the interference with European societal values is permissible as well as they will offer their means to protect these values, such as impact assessment methodologies;
  4. Selected experts and other participants will debate the desirable and possible surveillance tools and technologies in Europe as well as the means of achieving this goal.
  5. The highly interactive workshop will constitute a unique debating opportunity where the law enforcement and technology people will meet social science people to discuss their respective needs and interplays between them. The workshop will take the existing smart surveillance tools, developed under the EU (co-)funded research projects, as its case studies.

In order to encourage the free discussion, the panel debate and the participants dialogue at the workshop will be held under the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Materials

In order to benefit maximally from the workshop, participants are kindly asked to analyse the following publicly available materials about projects involved in the demonstration session:

  1. ADVISE
  2. SINTESYS
  3. VideoSense
  4. LASIE
  5. MultiDisc

Please feel free to download the ADVISE Workshop posterADVISE Booklet and the Conference presentations:

ADVISE Liaison Workshop:

VideoSense 2014 Winter School:

Draft Programme

Day I - Monday, 24 November 2014

13:30 - 14:00 Light sandwich lunch
14:00 - 14:15 Opening remarks for the first day
Dr. Vito Morreale, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
14:15 - 14:30 Welcome address by the European Commission's project officer
Stefano D'Orilia, European Commission (EU/BE)

PART I: The Social Context

14:30 - 14:50 Keynote speech (1): The place of science in democracy
Dr. Kjetil Rommetveit, Universitetet i Bergen (NO)

14:50 – 15:10

Keynote speech (2): The ethics of surveillance
Dr. Katerina Hadjimatheou, University of Warwick (UK)
Dr. John Guelke, University of Warwick (UK)
15:10 – 15:30 Keynote speech (3): Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of CCTV systems
Dr. Lucas Melgaço, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
15:30 – 15:45 Question and Answers (Q&A) session
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break

PART II: The Technological Context

16:00 – 18:00 Demonstration
  • ADVISE: Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
                   Silvio Sorace, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
  • SINTESYS: Dr. Ernesto La Mattina, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
  • VIDOSENSE: Dr. Pavel Korshunov, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
18:00 - 18:20 Keynote speech (4): Privacy-preserving, socio-ethically compliant and effective surveillance video-analytics
Prof. Dr. Atta Badii, University of Reading (UK)
18:20 - 18:30 Questions and Answers (Q&A) session
20:00 - 22:00 Dinner
Restaurant “Le Coeur du Pont”
Piazza IV Novembre 14, 11026 Pont-Saint-Martin (AO)

Day II - Tuesday, 25 November 2014

09:00 - 09:15 Opening remarks for the second day
Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

PART III: The Assessment

09:15 - 10:00 Policy analysis
  • SURVEILLE (Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency)
    Dr. Katerina Hadjimatheou, University of Warwick (UK)
    Dr. John Guelke, University of Warwick (UK)
  • SIAM (Security Impact Assessment Measures)
    Dr. Leon Hempel, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)
10:00 - 10:20 Keynote speech (5): Video surveillance: current systems and future trends
Anastasios Dimou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (GR)
10:20 - 10:40 Keynote speech (6): The needs of the law enforcement
Jose Ramon Carrasco, Madrid Municipal Police (ES)
Nieves Ucendo, Madrid Municipal Police (ES)
10:40 - 11:20 Coffee break
10:40 - 11:20 Poster presentation: A smart approach to multiple disciplinarity
Prof. Dr. Jamal Shahin, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE) & Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL)
Dr. Trisha Meyer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
11:20 - 12:00 Keynote speech (7): When (privacy) impact assessment meets smart surveillance
Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
Discussant:
  • PARIS: Fanny Coudert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
12:00 - 12:45 Panel debate: Confronting the reality of smart video surveillance with ethics, privacy and data protection
moderated by Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
  • Mathias Bossuet, Thales (FR)
  • Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell, Universitat de Barcelona & Eticas Research & Consulting (ES)
  • Dr. Jens Hälterlein, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)
  • Dr. Zhendong Ma, Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
  • Dr. Vito Morreale, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
12:45 - 13:15 Participant's dialogue
moderated by Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
13:15 - 14:00 Light sandwich lunch

 

VIDEOSENSE 2014 Winter School
on Multimodal and Privacy-Respecting Video Analytics

 

Description

The increasing need for both automated and privacy-respecting close-circuit television (CCTV) systems adds many challenges to the tasks of video analytics. The VideoSense Winter School 2014 aims at bringing together young researchers working in the field of multimodal and privacy-respecting video analytics, offering:

  • lectures delivered by experts from academy and industry providing a clear and in-depth summary of state-of-the-art research in the field,
  • enjoyable and stimulating environment in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants to the Winter School.

Draft Agenda

Day II - Tuesday, 25 November 2014 (cont'd)

13:30 - 14:15 VideoSense Winter School poster session
14:15 - 14:30 Opening address
Dr. Tomas Piatrik, Queen Mary University of London (UK)
14:30 - 15:15 Smart grids, smart borders and other tales from the surveillance woods
Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
15:15 - 16:00 The impact of new imaging modalities on video surveillance and on the invasion of privacy
Dr. Pavel Korshunov, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:00 The value of privacy in security research form the industry perspective
Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
Joana Critina Cotoi, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
17:00 - 18:00 Tour of the Engineering's Data Centre
Carmela Occhipinti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (IT)
20:00 - 22:00 Dinner
Place tbc

 

Day III - Wednesday, 26 November 2014

09:00 - 09:45 Protests, surveillance and the right to the city
Dr. Lucas Melgaço, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
09:45 - 10:30 Face recognition: from forensics and biometrics to social semantics
Prof. Dr. Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary University of London (UK)
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:45 Ethical training for video analytics in security – Pt 1 (interactive workshop)
Dr. Jens Hälterlein, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)
11:45 - 12:45 Ethical training for video analytics in security – Pt 2
Dr. Jens Hälterlein, Technische Universität Berlin (DE)
13:00 - 14:00 Light sandwich lunch

Registration and Venue

The workshop language will be English. Participation upon invitation only; to express your interest in attending the event and request an invitation, please contact the event team by e-mail.

Data Center of ENGINEERING INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA
11026 Pont Saint Martin (AO)
Viale Carlo Viola, 76
Italy
Tel. (+39) 0125-81.02.01
Map

Contact

Dariusz Kloza (Academic coordinator)
PhD Researcher European Economic Governance
+32 2 629 24 60
Institute for European Studies
dariusz.kloza@vub.ac.be

Jacintha Liem (Logistics)
Projects Coordinator
+32 2 614 80 02
Institute for European Studies
jacintha.liem@vub.ac.be