SAIL Webinars
Use cases and software demos

We have been closely following the updates and regulations concerning the spread of Coronavirus. We have taken measures to protect the health of our team members while continuing to serve our customers. Due to the current travel restrictions introduced to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we offer you a possibility to join our webinars consisting of online sessions where our team members discuss the role of open source data in various domains and scenarios such as Hybrid Warfare, Migration, Fake News, Elections, etc. You can also opt for a classical software demo of our unique OSINT solution tailored to your needs and interests.

Types of use cases and software demos:

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In situations like the European migrant crisis in 2015 or during the last migration-related crisis at the Greek-Turkish border, it is crucial to examine the communication discourse. Therefore, it is vital to investigate what do refugees talk about, which media do they consume and share and if they are encouraged by particular actors.

In case you would want to know how can OSINT solution enable governments and various organizations to gather open source data and combine it with data from other sources, you can download our Migration Report covering the recent crisis at the Greek-Turkish border.

If you missed our webinar and would like to read a summary from it or watch it online, you can do so here or at the end of this page.

In times of a pandemic, misinformation campaigns are not only harmful to electoral process, fact-based journalism and potential citizens’ decisions based on inaccurate information, but now also to people’s lives. Our OSINT solution empowers users to detect Fake News, polarizing narratives and discover various conspiracy theories by encorporating an automated-bots detection, topic and entities detection and sentiment analysis done in the original language.

If you are interested in how can OSINT be used to detect Fake News and conspiracy theories, download our use case dedicated to this topic.

In case you would like to read a summary of our webinar dedicated to Fake News, you can do so here.

The conflicts of the future will be hybrid and in the information domain. As one of the main goals of hybrid warfare is to influence the citizens, the existence of the Internet and social media represent a suitable platform for spreading polarizing, misleading and negative narratives. Disinformation and fake news are shared through Internet-enabled propaganda, which became one of the methods of hybrid warfare.

The Media Mining System is a platform designed for media monitoring, analysis and data-driven decision making by extracting and analyzing multilingual information from open sources, such as TV, radio, blogs, social media, etc., in real time. The features enable users to investigate stories, first source of any news, social media topics and much more, making it possible to navigate the vast amount of information and to identify and counter disinformation.

In case you would like to read the summary of the webinar or watch it online, you can do so here.


As our solution allows continuous assessment of media coverage and public opinion in real time, it is suitable for monitoring health promotion campaigns, the perceived impact of government actions, or, due to the availability of 32 languages, international media monitoring of the development and measures concerning the pandemic.

If you are interested in how OSINT can provide crucial real-time knowledge in times of a pandemic, download our 54-pages-long Coronavirus World Overview Report including use cases covering twenty countries around the globe, such as Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, the United States of America,  Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, China, India, Pakistan, and Singapore.  You can also sign up for a free daily updated report about COVID-19!

After the 2016 US Presidential elections and the success of the Vote Leave campaign in the UK, there could be no doubt about the significance and importance of utilizing big data in political communication. Both electoral and permanent campaigns, in order to be successful, need to regularly evaluate the public opinion of a candidate and his or her opponents, relevant issues, public image of the party, interest groups, media coverage of the race, etc. Even though data significates the power of knowledge, it appears in various forms ranging from unstructured data in text forms collected from social media to semi-structured metadata, etc.

This webinar discusses the usage of publicly available data in electoral or permanent campaigns and the impact of current events, such as the Coronavirus crisis, on the political campaigns and the electoral process.

If you are interested in the role and the usage of media monitoring in electoral or permanent campaigns, you can download a White Paper dedicated to this topic here or by clicking on the pictures below.

In case you missed our webinar dedicated to political marketing, elections and open source data, you can read the summary of it here.

Today’s Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) systems typically employ a large – but fixed – vocabulary for the recognition and transcription of audio data.
Whereas the size of the vocabulary is typically in the hundreds of thousands of words, there will always still be more words that do not form part of this vocabulary.
Specific domain-dependent expressions, proper names, jargon or newly emerging terms – such as COVID during the Spring of 2020 – are examples of such “missing” words.
However, words that do not form part of the vocabulary also cannot be recognized by an ASR system.
So what can we do in case these words become crucial in achieving our task, e.g. when wanting to detect the mentions of COVID in a series of newscasts?

The SAIL LABS Language Model Toolkit (LMT) provides a framework for the extension and adaptation of ASR-models to particular domains. It allows
end-users and partners to flexibly include new terminology and thus to extend and adapt vocabularies to particular needs and tasks. If the task is to monitor
mentions of contagious diseases, we may want to add words like COVID to the vocabulary. If we aim to detect mentions of CEOs of companies, we may
want to add a name such as Elon Musk. In either case, the LMT allows users to tailor an ASR model to a particular domain and thus to increase the accuracy
and value of transcribed text.

The LMT can be operated in an interactive manner or it can be embedded in a programming environment. Furthermore, it is possible to link the LMT with
further components to create a framework that gathers data from relevant sources, select important new vocabulary and builds ASR models from this data.
All of these steps can be carried out automatically and together form the core of CAVA – the Continuous Automatic Vocabulary Adaptation – SAIL’s environment
to keep up with news as they evolve and change over time.

In this webinar, we will elaborate on the above topics and demonstrate the use of the LMT for more accurate transcription. We will outline the use of CAVA and
talk about some of the mechanisms behind these technologies.

Upcoming Webinars (free-of-charge)

  • 16.09. CoffAI talksMark Pfeiffer & Gerhard Backfried
  • 07.10. Language Technology IndustryChristoph Prinz & Philippe Wacker
  • 21.10. Language Model Toolkit: How to catch up when your vocabulary is running away – Gerhard Backfried & Erinc Dikici
  • 28.10. US Elections – Data Statistics: Risks & Hinge FactorsDominika Betakova, Mark Pfeiffer & Karl-Heinz Land


Christoph Prinz
Managing Director

Mag. Christoph Prinz is one of the founders of SAIL LABS Technology in 2009. First he held the position as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2006. He studied business and computer science at the Vienna University. Moreover he took courses in International Politics and Business at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Christoph Prinz graduated in 1992 and holds a master’s degree in business and computer science. In the course of his studies he worked at and was responsible for projects at SiS, Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment, and IBM, which he joined after the military service, that he spent at the HDVA (Army IT Center), in 1992. At IBM, he worked as developer application program manager, in several industry projects in leading positions, as well as visiting scientist in the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, NY. In 1999 he joined SAIL LABS to form the Speech Technology Division in Vienna, Austria.

Mark Pfeiffer
Chief Visionary Officer

Educated in Germany and the United States in economics and aeronautics, he has spent almost two decades consulting in those fields and works in many nations across the globe primarily in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His clients include various international government bodies as well as governments and participants of the air transport system. He joined SAIL LABS in 2003 and has since built up the governmental partner network and business, spanning most of the globe. In 2006 he co-founded the EUROSINT forum as a venue for exchange of ideas and concepts. His trainings in the OSINT domain are highly customized to the clients’ needs and he can draw from many years of customer interaction.

Gerhard Backfried
Head of Research

Gerhard Backfried is one of the founders and currently holds the position of Head of Research at SAIL LABS Technology. Prior to joining SAIL LABS, Gerhard worked in the fields of expert systems for the finance sector and personal dictation systems (IBM’s ViaVoice). His technical expertise includes acoustic and language modelling as well as speech recognition algorithms. More recently he has been focussing on the combination of traditional and social media, particularly in the context of multilingual and multimedia disaster-communication. He holds a master’s degree in computer science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Vienna with specialty in Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Vienna. He holds a number of patents, has authored several papers and book chapters, regularly participates in conference program committees and has been contributing to national and international research projects, such as KIRAS/QuOIMA, FP7/M-ECO, FP7/SIIP, H2020/ELG or H2020/MIRROR.


Erinc Dikici
Speech Scientist

Erinc Dikici is a Researcher at the core speech recognition team of SAIL LABS Technology GmbH. His interests include acoustic and language modelling for speech recognition. He obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 2016. His dissertation was on the subject of supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised methods for discriminative language modeling for Turkish. Erinc has been participating regularly in national and internal research projects and is currently working on Neural Network-based ASR. Within the FP7-project SIIP, Erinc plays an active in the development of ASR, keyword-spotting and the integration of technologies into the common project platform.

OSINT Webinars

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Francesca Galeotti
Director of Business Development

Francesca Galeotti is working as a Director of Business Development at SAIL LABS Technology. She obtained master degrees in International Studies and Military Strategical Studies at the Center of High Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defense. She has previously worked at Leonardo SpA as a Business Development Manager and a Strategical Analyst. Before she has joined SAIL LABS, she was the Representative Officer of Leonardo SpA in Azerbaijan.

Alexander Oberkersch
Business Development Manager

Alexander joined SAIL LABS in 2018 as a Business Development Manager. While working in private security he studied business at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. Afterwards he obtained a Master’s degree in Security and Intelligence Studies from the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham (BUCSIS) in England. Work placements as well as places of education included Istanbul, Johannesburg, Brussels, Washington DC and London.

Dominika Betakova
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Dominika works as the Marketing & Communications Specialist at SAIL LABS Technology since 2018. She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Journalism and Political Science and Master’s degree in Political Science with specialization in Political Marketing and Electoral Studies. She gained international experience ranging from political consulting agency in California, where she assisted in conjunction with a congressional campaign, to participation in electoral campaigns in Central and Eastern Europe and belongs to one of the co-founders of the project promoting critical thinking and media literacy in Czech Republic.

Webinar I. - June 17, 2020: Hybrid Warfare & OSINT

This webinar was led by Mark Pfeiffer, Chief Visionary Officer of SAIL LABS. It provides insights into different types of hybrid threats, open source intelligence and other intelligence types, how media literacy and media consumption is relevant and what to watch out for in the current times.

You can read the summary of the presentation here or by clicking on the picture below.

Webinar II. - July 1, 2020: Migration & OSINT

Alexander Oberkersch, the Business Development Manager at SAIL LABS, showcased both theoretical background and practical real-life usage of open source intelligence (OSINT) when investigating migration related cases or threats.

Read the summary of the webinar here or watch it online through the link below.

In case you would want to know how OSINT solution can enable governments and various organizations to gather open source data and combine it with data from other sources, you can download our Migration Report covering the recent crisis at the Greek-Turkish border.

Webinar III. - July 15, 2020: Fake News & OSINT

Francesca Galeotti, SAIL LABS’ Director of Business Development, walked participants through the topic of Fake News and showcased how open source intelligence (OSINT) can help when investigating the origin of a narrative or how to uncover automated bots spreading messages on social media.

If interested, read the summary of the webinar here or by clicking on the picture below.

SAIL LABS organized a conference called Fake News and other AI Challenges for the News Media in the 21st Century Conference in November 2018. If you could not attend the conference, but you are interested in the topic, you can download the summary overviews of all speakers’ presentations for free here (day 1 and 2) and here (panel Solving Ethical & Technical Challenges of Fake News).

Webinar IV. - July 29, 2020: Hybrid Warfare & OSINT - Vol. II

The webinar features Ralph Thiele, the Chairman of the Berlin based “Politisch-Militärische Gesellschaft” (Political-Military Society), President of EuroDefense (Germany) and CEO of StratByrd Consulting, and Mark Pfeiffer, a CVO of SAIL LABS, discussing the current hybrid threats and answering participants’ questions in Q & A session at the end of the webinar.​

You can read the summary of the presentation here or watch the whole webinar online below.

Webinar V. - August 18, 2020: Beirut Blast & OSINT

This special webinar took place two weeks after the Beirut blast in Lebanon that happened on the 4th of August, 2020. Mark Pfeiffer, the CVO, Dominika Betakova, Marketing & Communications Specialist and Alexander Oberkersch, the Business Development Manager present findings from the Beirut Blast report that you can download free-of-charge here.

SAIL LABS team was joined by two special guests:

Ramy El-Khoury – A technical expert and critical asset – on the ground in Lebanon;  Director (Lebanon) – CEO (KSA) – Managing Director (UAE) at Rafik El-Khoury & Partners

Eelco H. Dykstra – Chairperson of VISION 20/20 Program and Network: ‘From Risk to Resilience’ ; Creator of the Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model Founder, Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM) Network

Webinar VI. - August 26, 2020: Elections & OSINT

Dominika Betakova, SAIL LABS’ Marketing and Communications Specialist, spoke about political marketing, the role of open source data and the media monitoring in campaigns’ phases or opposition research. She also depicted the challenges that COVID-19 pandemic introduces into the electoral process and what we might see as a result.

If you are interested in the role and the usage of media monitoring in electoral or permanent campaigns, you can download a White Paper dedicated to this topic illustrated through Brexit use case.

Read the summary of the webinar here or by clicking on he picture below.