Engineering Group is the Digital Transformation Company, leader in Italy and expanding its global footprint, with around 15,000 associates and with over 70 offices.

The Engineering Group, consisting of over 70 companies in 14 countries, has been supporting the continuous evolution of companies and organizations for more than 40 years, thanks to a deep understanding of business processes in all market segments, fully leveraging the opportunities offered by advanced digital technologies and proprietary solutions.

It integrates best-of-breed market solutions, managed services, and continues to expand its expertise through M&As and partnerships with leading technology players. The Group strongly invests both in innovation, through its R&I division, and in human capital, with the internal IT & Management Academy. Engineering is a key player in the creation of digital ecosystems that bridge the gap between different markets, while developing composable solutions that ultimately foster a continuous Business transformation.

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is one of the largest research centres in Greece and participates in ARIEN through the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) and two of its teams: (i) the Visual Computing Lab (VCL) and (ii) the Multimodal Data Fusion and Analytics (M4D) group of the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory (MKLab).
VCL is contributing with AI research in remote sensing imagery, Self-supervised Learning and Active Learning architectures in the context of fighting illicit drug production and trafficking.
M4D/MKLab contributes to the development of AI-based solutions for analysing cryptocurrency data to uncover illicit activities related to drugs trafficking, and for trends analysis in drugs production and trafficking facilitating the early detection of such phenomena.

Within the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) Technological Research Division, the CEA LIST institute carries out research on intelligent digital systems. Its R&D programs, all with potentially major economic and social implications, focus on advanced manufacturing (robotics, virtual & augmented reality, non destructive testing, vision), embedded systems (computing architectures, software and systems engineering, security & safety), and ambient intelligence (sensors, instrumentation & metrology, communication & sensory interfaces, data processing & multimedia). By developing cutting-edge technological research with applications in the industrial markets of transports, defense and security, manufacturing, energy and health, the CEA LIST helps its partners to enhance their industrial competitiveness thanks to innovation and technology transfer (

ICTLC – ICT Legal Consulting is an international law firm founded in 2011 with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam, Athens, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Lagos, Melbourne, Nairobi and Riyadh, and a presence in fifty-four other countries (Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Vietnam).
The firm was established by Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini, who have successfully assembled a network of trusted, highly skilled lawyers specialized in the fields of Information and Communication Technology, Privacy, Data Protection/Security and Intellectual Property Law.

The Institute for Corporate Security Studies (ICS) engages in various corporate security activities, including managing systemic risk, addressing cyber security, providing education, conducting research, and offering business counseling. It focuses on critical infrastructure and essential service providers, emphasizing risk assessment, scenario analysis, business continuity, and awareness-based programs. The core functions also include policy development, operational procedures, and standard analyses, along with mitigation actions, penetration testing in cyber security, and brand protection initiatives. The primary goal is to establish effective governance and strategic guidelines for a balanced approach to business efficiency, digital transformation, cyber security, and brand protection.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor (UM FERI) is one of the leading teaching and research institutions in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in European South-eastern region. Research activities at UM FERI are carried out in 8 Institutes with 26 Laboratories and we are currently involved in over 30 EU, NATO and US Navy funded projects, 20 national research projects, and 50 projects funded by our global industrial partners. University of Maribor is Slovenian Entry Point for Danube Transfer Centre and UM FERI is also actively involved in several Digital Innovation Hubs.

Agenfor International is member of the long stablished non-for-profit network Agenfor Group, specialized in participative security. Specific sectors of interests are security and human rights. Our mission is the balancing of relationships between international agencies, states, nations and individuals within the post-modern societies. Agenfor International’s goal is to ensure security through a better protection of human rights and socio-political participation with a particular focus on minorities, prisoners and other vulnerable groups. Public-Private partnership and multi-agency approaches are a substantial part of our work. We are active in the field of counter-radicalization with training courses and research activities addressing the needs of first-line practitioners from the public and private sectors all around Europe.

Lingea is an IT company which has been developing language tools and collecting linguistic data for over 20 years. We have expertise in terms of language data processing and application development. Lingea, strongly oriented towards research and innovation, is very active in the field of machine translation, full-text search, proofing tools, speech synthesis, speech recognition and online dictionaries. Our company takes part in both national and international innovation projects with important Czech and European industrial and academic partners.

Founded in 1995, DBC Business Consulting S.A. is a leading Greek firm specializing in delivering tailored services to both public and private sector organizations. With a strong network of partnerships with prestigious academic institutions and international organizations, DBC Business Consulting S.A. has positioned itself as an innovative and collaborative leader in the industry. With a workforce exceeding 250 permanent employees, the company is known for its expertise in a diverse range of sectors, including sustainable growth, energy efficiency, education reform, and urban development. DBC offers a comprehensive suite of services, including ICT consulting, financial advisory, program and project management, and the commercialization of innovative solutions, with a strong focus on research domains spanning ICT, energy, environment, security, health, transportation, and food. Furthermore, DBC has demonstrated a significant involvement in Horizon projects (H2020, HE) over the last four years, showcasing its commitment to cutting-edge research and development initiatives.

In cooperation with individuals and communities, the Slovenian police ensures the safety of people and property, prevents, detects and investigates criminal acts, ensures public order, protects the national border and contributes to the safety of road traffic. This is not possible without advanced analytics solutions, including AI. That is why the Slovenian police pays great attention to their effective, ethical and legal use. Participation in the ARIEN project will contribute to increasing capacity and knowledge in this area.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is a department of the Albanian Government, in charge of regulation for the protection of rights and liberties of Albanian citizens. Collaborating with the State Police, the ministry investigates unlawful acts against the interest of society and state, fights crime, provides civil order, ensures civil security, traffic safety, and protects the security and protection of important individuals.

The General Police Inspectorate is a specialised public institution of the state, subordinated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which has the mission to defend freedom and human rights through activities of maintaining, ensuring and restoring public order and security, as well as preventing and combating crimes and contraventions. Under the GPI are: The National Inspectorate of Investigation, The National Inspectorate of Public Security, The Chisinau Police Department, The General Directorate of Criminal Prosecution, The “Fulger” Special Destination Brigade, The Chinological Center, The Technical-Forensic Centre and Judicial Expertise, The Directorate of International Police Cooperation and 42 police inspectorates at district level

The Kosovo Police, as the main law enforcement institution in Kosovo, through the innovative approach of investments in modern information technology solutions, in recent years, has achieved progress in “digital transformation”, to increase transparency, accountability, reduce operational costs and increase the efficiency of the police work in the investigation, detection and fighting organized crime as well as improvement of service for the citizens and cooperation between local and international organizations.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office performs the activities described in the Law on Judicial Order (Article 73, Royal Decree No. 12 of 30 January 1941), a law that regulates the organisation of the judiciary and describes its functions. The sectors within which the various functions within the Public Prosecutor’s Office are carried out are the administrative sector and the criminal sector.

In cooperation with individuals and communities, the Slovenian police ensures the safety of people and property, prevents, detects and investigates criminal acts, ensures public order, protects the national border and contributes to the safety of road traffic. This is not possible without advanced analytics solutions, including AI. That is why the Slovenian police pays great attention to their effective, ethical and legal use. Participation in the ARIEN project will contribute to increasing capacity and knowledge in this area.

At the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence, and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC), we transform innovative research into outcomes that safeguard our society and inform the operational reality of contemporary security and policing practice. Our applied research, in collaboration with industry and security stakeholders, focuses on enhancing citizen safety and addressing emerging threats. As a multidisciplinary centre, we combine evidence-based research with technology to impact real-world security. Our mission is to bridge the gap between applied research and operational security practice.
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The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Organised Crime Unit (YHROCU) is part of the England and Wales national ROCU network providing specialist capability to tackle the increasing complex threat posed by Organised Crime Groups and Serious and Organised Crime (SOC). The YHROCU is a collaboration between the Police Forces of West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside. Specialist capabilities are used in investigate, frustrate and disrupt serious organised criminality. THE ROCU either lead such investigations or provide specialist support. Additionally, it provides a critical link between the National Crime Agency and the police forces across the region.