ESHCC to participate in upcoming SPATIAL research project

Members of ESHCC have learned that the European Commission will fund the SPATIAL (Security and Privacy Accountable Technology Innovations, Algorithms, and machine Learning) Research project as part of the final round of Horizon 2020 funding. This project, starting later this year, seeks to address the challenges of black-box AI and data management in cybersecurity. The project will design and develop resilient accountable metrics, privacy-preserving methods, verification tools and system framework that will serve as critical building blocks to achieve trustworthy AI in security solutions.

Besides technical measures, the SPATIAL project aims to facilitate generating appropriate skills and education for AI security to strike a balance among technological complexity, societal complexity and value conflicts in AI deployment. In addition, the work carried out in SPATIAL will serve as a steppingstone to establish an appropriate governance and regulatory framework for AI-driven security in Europe.

The ESHCC team will consist of Jason Pridmore, João Gonçalves, Anouk Mols and Daniel Trottier. Their work will focus on embedded social science research analysis including the social and communicative practices of technical development in this field to ensure better development and deployment of accountability within AI systems. The project is led by partners in TU Delft, making this project a key connection in Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Convergence initiative. The project represents a collaboration between different universities and companies throughout Europe such as University College Dublin, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and NEC from Germany, Telefonica in Spain, and F-Secure from Finland.