European Office

Since 2006, CEIS's European Office has been advising and assisting European or national public stakeholders and private entities in the drafting of their European strategy, in particular regarding issues pertaining to defence, security, transport, energy and maritime affairs. The European Office, established at the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels, conducts and also participates in European projects in these fields.

  1. Studies and analyses
    Feasibility studies, studies on issues and prospects, mapping of players, consulting and support at the European level, identification of key themes based on the operator’s strategy, and monitoring of topics.
  2. Project engineering and management
    Identification and screening of calls for projects and public contracts in institution programmes, search for partners to establish balanced consortia, and project development and management.
  3. Organisation of think tanks and an annual conference on security and defence
    Design, organisation and facilitation of occasional events and networks for cooperation and exchanges bringing together institutions and companies.

To carry out its assignments successfully, the team relies on a network of contacts, experts and partners at the European level. Consultants also perform continuous targeted intelligence activities using surveillance tools developed by CEIS and ensure monitoring of legislative debates and regulatory work, as well as many seminars and conferences that punctuate life in Brussels.

Examples of Assignments

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data for Command & Control (C2)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data for Command & Control (C2)
The SecDef Forum gathered an audience of some forty representatives of Members States, NATO, EU institutions and industry to exchange on the transformation of C2, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data on 8th January 2019 in Brussels. General Jean-Paul Paloméros, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and now Senior Advisor at CEIS, chaired the discussions.
The breakfast meeting started with a presentation of the current state of play and challenges, focusing on the explosion of data generated, known as Big Data, within the Armed Forces. Understood by the « 4 Vs » (Volume, Velocity, Variety and Veracity), Big Data poses numerous challenges for Command & Control, including the traceability of data and decisions, the risk of losing high-value information, issues of systems interconnectivity, and the resilience and securing of C2 systems.
AI can provide a valuable tool against these challenges, in particular regarding the velocity and volume of data. Discussions alluded to several specific advantages of AI. AI technologies can quickly perform numerous actions on data : gathering, merging, signal detection (including weak signals), analysis and synthesis production, proposing options. These actions impart AI with a number of added-value functions within the C2, such as the improvement of operational awareness, reduction of the volume of information to enable humans to focus on relevant nuggets and, from a broader perspective, support to decision-making.
AI functions in the military field are not limited to kinetic effects, with AI technologies offering a strong potential in logistics, resources management (human and material), medicine, lessons-learned or training.
Axel Dyèvre, Managing Partner at CEIS, gave a presentation on the optimisation of human-machine interaction based on data volume and structuration. It is key to reflect on humans’ role within C2, in particular in the sensitive world of military affairs, as Command & Control systems integrate ever more AI technologies. In addition, AI requires operating conditions that are not always possible for the Armed Forces, especially on mission: continuous connectivity, access to structured data and trust in technology.
CEIS Senior Manager Pierre Goetz’s contribution shone a light on different national approaches (USA, China, Russia, Israel), focusing on strategic visions, means and ambitions for military uses of AI.
This SecDef Forum generated dynamic exchanges among participants, including on «downgraded mode » and technology dependance. The need to integrate private sector innovation and expertise integration into the military world came up, as did the importance of educating the general public to military uses of AI to go beyond the headline-grabbing slogans about « killer robots ».

CEIS organizes a seminar on standardisation in European Research Programmes with the CEN and CENELEC standardisation communities

CEIS is conducting a field study on the role of standardisation in European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (FP7 and H2020). Standardisation plays a key role in research and innovation projects by fostering the market entry and competitiveness of the new products and services these projects deliver. In the framework of this study, CEIS organised a seminar to present the main findings of a survey – in collaboration with EY – performed to achieve a deeper insight of standardization uptake in a number of research projects. It was also the opportunity to share lessons learnt and best practices with experts from national standardisation bodies, the European Commission and public and private research organizations.

BODEGA (H2020 Security — 2015/2018)

CEIS is a partner of the BODEGA project, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the H2020 programme. BODEGA aims to study and model human factors in border control. BODEGA will provide solutions intended to improve the key tasks performed by border guards as well as decision-making in the management of border control. These solutions will benefit all BODEGA end users, from the authorities in charge of  managing borders to the travellers crossing them.

BODEGA is coordinated by VTT (the main Finnish research centre) and brings together a consortium of 15 organisations from 7 EU Member States: CEA, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thales, the International Union of Railways (UIC), CEIS, the University of Namur, Atos, Z&P, Ubium, Happywise and end users — border guards in Greece, Finland (RAJA) and Italy (ADM).

CEIS’s main role in the BODEGA project is to establish and maintain a relationship with the community of end users, i.e. the national, European and international authorities involved in the management of EU borders, and to contribute to the analysis of human factors in the management of borders.

PREDICT (FP7 Security — 2014/2016)

The PREDICT project aims to provide a solution to the challenges posed by cascade effects in the context of multi-industry crises, particularly in the field of critical infrastructures. The project is based on the following three pillars: methodologies, models and software tools. Their combined use will increase crisis management organisations’ knowledge and understanding of cascade effects, improve their level of preparation and strengthen their ability to respond in the face of domino effects.

The PREDICT consortium brings together national research centres (CEA, Fraunhofer, TNO and VTT), SMEs (CEIS and ITTI), manufacturers (Thales and Thales Netherlands) and end users (VRZHZ, SYKE and UIC).

The quality of the solutions developed will be ensured by heavy involvement of end users throughout the project. These end users will be involved at three levels: as project partners, as members of the project’s advisory board and through their participation in a series of workshops.

Within PREDICT, CEIS is responsible for two work packages. On the one hand, CEIS manages the participation of third-party end users in the project; on the other hand, it is in charge of dissemination and use of the project’s results.

TETRIS (DG HOME — 2014/2016)

CEIS is coordinator of the Terrorists in Europe Targeting Railway Infrastructures (TETRIS) project. TETRIS aims to better understand the nature of the terrorist threat targeting railway infrastructures. This European project will include organising a crisis management exercise that simulates a terrorist attack. The objective is to support the training of players involved in managing the consequences of these attacks and offer innovative tools to analyse this threat.

TETRIS brings together within a single consortium:

TETRIS is a continuation of CRIME and SAFIRE, projects previously carried out by CEIS in the field of violent radicalisation and terrorism. This project was co-funded by the DG HOME of the European Commission as part of the CIPS programme.

Related publications:

RECOBIA (FP7 Security — 2012/2015)

CEIS is coordinator of RECOBIA, an FP7 Security project. The goal of the RECOBIA project is to improve the quality of analysis in the field of intelligence by working to reduce the impact of cognitive biases in the work of analysts.

RECOBIA brings together within a single consortium companies working on analysis of intelligence and information technologies (CEIS, Thales, Hawk, Atos and Zanasi S.r.l.), research centres (CEA, Universität Konstanz and Graz University of Technology) and psychologists (ISEA Psy) specialising in cognitive biases.

The EUROSINT Forum, the pan-European association of intelligence and open-source intelligence (OSINT) professionals, is also a project partner; its role is to facilitate the heavy involvement of the community of intelligence professionals in the RECOBIA project.  To date, around 20 agencies in Europe have expressed interest in participating in this project.

In addition to its participation in scientific research, as coordinator of the RECOBIA project, CEIS is also responsible for directing the project on a day-to-day basis and managing the relationships between the different partners.

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

EUROCYBEX was a European cyber crisis exercise involving several EU Member States. The project was coordinated by CEIS and carried out with the support of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). It was co-funded by the DG HOME of the European Commission as part of the CIPS programme. EUROCYBEX was fully incorporated into the European programme of cyber crisis exercises and built on the results of the Cyber Europe 2010 exercise. The project aimed to improve and test procedures for cooperation in the face of cyber crises at the European level.

To access the final public report for the EUROCYBEX project, click here

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