Latest news and updates in September

Latest news and updates in September

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Here are the latest news and updates on the activities of SAIL LABS in September.

Upcoming Events

Webinars to sign up for in October

Due to the current travel restrictions introduced to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we have been offering you the possibility to join our free-of-charge OSINT webinars on different current topics. The sessions are led by SAIL LABS team members and co-hosted by invited experts in diverse fields!

You can connect with us in the upcoming webinars:

  • 07. 10. – Language Technology Industry – Christoph Prinz & Philippe Wacker (more information here).
  • 21. 10. – Language Model Toolkit: How to catch up when your vocabulary is running away – Gerhard Backfried & Erinc Dikici (more information here).
  • 28. 10. – US ElectionsData Statistics: Risks & Hinge Factors – Dominika Betakova, Mark Pfeiffer & Peter Cochrane & Karl-Heinz Land

You can save your spot for one or more SAIL Webinars by clicking here.

You can save your spot for one or more SAIL Webinars by clicking on the button below.

The 6th Annual Africa Security Symposium

As SAIL LABS is a bronze sponsor of this year’s Africa Security Symposium (ASEC2020), you can meet our Sales team at our virtual booth and 1-2-1 meeting sessions!

The ASEC2020 provides the attendees an opportunity to interact and network in a virtual platform, whilst accessing pre-recorded panel sessions featuring security industry’s leading stakeholders. Participants will be able to interact at virtual booths, submit questions to senior officials and security experts, and take part in pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings across the two days in private breakout rooms. The conference will discuss topics such as counterterrorism, policing, border control, technology, logistics, communications, health and more.

You can find more details about the event in the promotional video on GVR Global´s website.


Previous Events

CoffAI Talks

We published the first edition of our CoffAI Talks in which our team members discuss various topics within the artificial intelligence field in September!

In case you missed the short webinar where our Chief Visionary Officer, Mark Pfeiffer, and the Head of Research, Gerhard Backfried, discuss the latest company-related news and research projects in which SAIL LABS is participating in, watch the full video by clicking on the picture on the right!


Elections & OSINT Webinar

Our webinar about political marketing, the role of open source data and the media monitoring in political campaigns with Dominika Betakova joined by Mark Pfeiffer in the Q & A session is now available online!

In case you missed it, you can watch the full webinar now by clicking on the picture on the right!

A summary overview of this webinar can be found here.


“Mind the Gaps” – Hybrid Warfare: Future & Technologies online symposium

Hybrid CoE and its Community of Interest Strategy & Defence, in close cooperation with StratByrd Consulting, introduced selected findings of the Hybrid Warfare: Future and Technologies (HYFUTEC) project to a wide range of attendees from 26 participating states, the EU, NATO, and the private sector.

Mark Pfeiffer, the CVO of SAIL LABS, was one of the presenters at the virtual event that took place on the 15th of September.

The HYFUTEC project aims at assessing and enhancing understanding of the disruptive potential of new technologies in the context of hybrid warfare/conflict.

More information about the event can be found on the official website or in a teaser.


Research News

Latest contributions of SAIL LABS to the H2020 MIRROR project

The H2020 MIRROR Project, in which SAIL LABS is responsible for dissemination and communication and text analysis methods, launched recently its first video! The explanatory video contains a simplified explanation of the project and can be played by clicking on the picture on the right.

SAIL LABS Research Team also participated in the first Project Review Meeting of the H2020 MIRROR-Project on the 15th of September. The review meeting was held virtually and it provided some valuable input and inspiring feedback for the next two years of the project.

The purpose of the review was to present the project’s first-year results, achievements as well as future plans to the EC MIRROR project officer and the subject matter experts from the European Commission. Within MIRROR, SAIL leads WP4 on Text Analysis Methods for Social and Traditional Media and WP11 on dissemination and exploitation. The company also fills the role of the Community Liaison Manager of the project, engaging actively in community building and cross-fertilization with stakeholders.

MIRROR (Migration-Related Risks caused by misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement) is a research project that aims to generate a greater understanding of how people (from outside the European Union) perceive Europe as a destination for migration. The results of the project will form the basis for policy recommendations and the development of the MIRROR platform and toolset for effective cross-media perception analysis.

The MIRROR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement № 832921.


The second open call for pilot projects in the European Language Grid

The second call was opened on the 1st of October, 2020 and the projects can be submitted until the 30th of November, 2020!

Entities eligible for project funding are SMEs and research organisations. The projects should last from 9 to 12 months and can be funded with a budget of up to €200,000. The project proposals should contribute resources, services, tools or datasets to the ELG to increase its coverage, or they should develop applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG Project.

You can find more information about the call here.

The ELG project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement № 825627.


Coming soon: New Media Mining System 2020-1 Release

We are glad to inform you that the quality control testing of the newest additional features and improvements of our award-winning Media Mining System is almost done, and the 2020-1 Release will be announced soon!

In the meantime, you can read below a snippet of the upgrades and changes it will bring:

  • An upgraded server architecture including new microservice architecture, horizontal scalability, high-availability, etc.
  • Enhanced data collection including new tactical methods and its visualizations
  • Improved bot detection and an indication of a social media user’s account/post/comment’s age
  • Improvements covering full-text translation, high-quality videos, statistics, etc.

Find out more about the latest version of our system in our next newsletter!


Social Media TOP POSTS

In case you have missed our social media posts, you can find our three most popular tweets in September below! Access their full content by clicking on them.