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EU H2020 SPATIAL project

Achieving trustworthy, transparent and explainable AI for security solution development in Europe

UCD is a partner in the H2020 project SPATIAL - Security and Privacy Accountable Technology Innovations, Algorithms, and Machine Learning

The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme.

The UCD team in the School of Computer Science comprises (opens in a new window)Assist. Prof. Madhusanka Liyanage, (PI), (opens in a new window)Assist. Prof. Shen Wang (Co-PI), (opens in a new window)Dr Bart Siniarski (Project Manager),Chamara Prabhash and Thulitha Theekshana (Researchers). They work in the newly-formed group (opens in a new window)Netslab.

Achieving trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a top priority for Europe.  Uncertainties in AI and opacity of data algorithms are demanding more efforts towards data privacy, resilience engineering, and legal-ethical accountability. This can be done by maximising the benefits of applying AI in numerous engineering and analytic solutions while preventing and minimising the risks. In critical domains such as cybersecurity, trustworthy AI can enhance security analytics and foster a more competitive offering of secure products and services.

SPATIAL will tackle the identified gaps in data and black-box AI by designing and developing resilient accountable metrics, privacy-preserving methods, verification tools and system solutions that will serve as critical building blocks for trustworthy AI in ICT systems and cybersecurity. 

The project focuses on three specific technical contexts in which AI security solutions are being deployed: mobile systems, 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). 

Besides the technical ambition, SPATIAL will facilitate appropriate skill development and education for AI security to strike a balance among technological complexity, societal complexity, and value conflicts in AI deployment. 

The project covers data privacy, resilience engineering, and legal-ethical accountability, in line with Europe's priority to achieve trustworthy AI. The work carried out on both social and technical aspects will serve as a stepping stone to establish an appropriate governance and regulatory framework for AI-driven security in Europe.


The SPATIAL consortium is coordinated by Dr. Aaron Ding (TU Delft, Netherlands) with 12 partners across 8 EU member states (Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Serbia and Estonia). The consortium combines long-standing research expertise in AI, cybersecurity, IoT, edge computing, and lab-to-market know-how.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101021808.

Published 30.09.21

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