​Congratulations to the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya for winning the European Union's Horizon 2020 prestigious research grants


22/1/17


Congratulations to the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), headed by Prof. Boaz Ganor, Dean at Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, for winning two prestigious European Union's Horizon 2020 program grants.


Winning the research grants for two projects, as part of an international consortium, RED-Alert and TRIVALENT, grants ICT a total of 500,000 Euros.


The RED-Alert project will bring data mining and predictive analytics tools to the next level, developing novel natural language processing (NLP), semantic media analysis (SMA), social network analysis (SNA), Complex Event Processing (CEP) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. These technologies will be combined for the first time and validated by 6 law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to collect, process, visualize and store online data related to terrorist groups, allowing them to take coordinated action in real-time while preserving the privacy of citizens. The RED-Alert solution will outperform state-of-the-art solutions in terms of number of languages supported, privacy-preserving capabilities, usability, detection performance, real-time capabilities and integration capabilities.


The TRIVALENT project will develop complex multidimensional models, based on theoretical multidisciplinary studied. The project strives to achieve a better understanding of root-causes and related specific characteristics of violent radicalization, defining different categories of radicalized individuals as well as providing a set of early detection indicators.


Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT); Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya, said: "We were glad to hear that two international projects in cooperation with ICT won these prestigious research grants. Both projects ranked at the top, with RED-Alert winning first place with the highest possible score and out of 50 other competing projects.


Horizon 2020 is an extremely competitive framework. This achievement indicates ICT's stature in the international academic world".


Founded in 1996, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is one of the leading academic institutes for Counter-Terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. ICT is an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability, risk assessment, intelligence analysis, national security and defense policy.


ICT also serves as a joint forum for international policymakers and scholars to share information and expertise through research papers, situation reports and academic publications for worldwide distribution. A number of international seminars, workshops and conferences are organized monthly by ICT to discuss and educate on global and regional issues of security, defense, and public policy in order to better facilitate the exchange of perspectives, information and proposals for policy action. Finally, ICT administers the largest public domain research database on the Internet encompassing global terrorist attacks, terrorist organizations and activists in addition to statistical reports.