AI4EU Cafe presents “Is hybrid AI suited for hybrid threats?  Lessons from cyberspace analysis”


The Speaker is: Valentina Dragos, a research scientist, member of the Department of Information Processing and Systems at ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab in Palaiseau, France.

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What is her presentation about:

This presentation investigates several issues of using AI techniques to analyze social data in order to detect threats in the cyberspace. Social data is understood as information collected from social media, including a wide range of networks and platforms that show what online users publish on those platforms but also how they share, view or engage with content or other users. First, we will analyze how the virtual domain of cyberspace is unlike the environmental domains of air, land, maritime and space and how it challenges traditional understanding of concepts such as temporality, conflict, information, border, community, identity or governance. Several specific phenomena will be considered: opacity and information filtering (echo chambers, bubble filters), disinformation campaigns (fake news, propaganda, hoaxes, site spoofing), misleading intentions (data leaks), biased interactions (social boots, smoke screening). The discussion is based on practical illustrations of social data analysis, tackling fake news propagation in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and the propagation of extremist ideologies online. The presentation concludes by illustrating the state of art on tools and techniques for cyberspace exploration along with several ongoing research projects, while also leaving room for discussion. 

Short CV

Valentina Dragos is a research scientist, member of the Department of Information Processing and Systems at ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab in Palaiseau, France. Valentina received Master and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Paris V University and her research interests include artificial intelligence, with emphasis on natural language processing, semantic technologies and automated reasoning. Since joining ONERA in 2010, Valentina contributed to several defence and security projects, addressing topics related to semantic interoperability for command and control systems, heterogeneous information fusion, exploration of open sources and social data and integration of symbolic data for situation assessment. Valentina is currently the scientific coordinator of FLYER, a national project dedicated to hybrid AI solutions for social media analysis and a member of NATO research track on Social Media Exploitation for Operations in the Information Environment.

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