Keynote speakers 

The conference includes academic presentations by several keynote speakers. Furthermore, there will be several sessions bringing together academics and practitioners from government and industry. 

Afbeelding
Arnoud Engelfriet

Arnoud Engelfriet

IT lawyer, specialised in internet law

Arnoud Engelfriet is a Dutch IT lawyer specializing in AI, data and software. He is a frequent speaker, book author and teacher in these and related topics. His latest books "ICT en Recht" and "AI and Algorithms" showcase the developments in IT law that culminated in the AI innovation revolution we are in today.

As Chief Knowledge Officer of ICTRecht Legal Services Arnoud is the head of the Academy, where he has deployed various IT related courses for legal and business professionals. Arnoud took the initiative in creating the certified "CAICO®" course for AI Compliance Officers. Believing in sharing knowledge, Arnoud has been blogging on IT law and technology every workday since 2007.

Next to his responsibilities at ICTRecht, Arnoud is a teacher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Arnoud's professional qualifications include the title of European patent attorney, which ties back to his decade-long work as IP counsel at Royal Philips.

Afbeelding
Jens

Jens Burrichter

Police Osnabr├╝ck, Department International Cooperation

The Lower Saxony Police, with its more than 24,000 employees, is not only located in the heart of Germany, but also in the middle of Europe. A total of eight borders with other German states, the border with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the connection to the only German deep-water port in Wilhelmshaven prove Lower Saxony's central and important location in Germany and Europe. 

Cross-border police cooperation within the Lower Saxony Police is therefore becoming increasingly important. In addition to operational and strategie cooperation in the border area with Dutch law enforcement authorities, specific case-related cooperation in cross-border crime fighting - with EU  states and outside the EU - is increasing. Moreover, with the involvement of EU agencies such as Europol or Frontex. 

In addition to the development and use of personal networks, the use of technologies is becoming more important in these collaborations. lnvestigative activities in the areas of organized crime, cybercrime and terrorism, in particular, and in specific investigations into the information transmitted by Europol regarding "EncroChat", "Sky-ECC", "ANOM" and "Double VPN" have impressively underlined the need for the use of these technologies across Europe in recent years. 

For this reason, the Lower Saxony State Crimina! Police Office (Landeskriminalamt Niedersachsen), which is centrally responsible for combating crime in Lower Saxony, has developed an Al-based Software with the Team of Developers in the Unit Data Solutions of the department for analyzing mass data. Thereby making it possible for the Lower Saxony Police to use Al to combat cross-border crime.

Afbeelding
Robert Telle

Robert Telle

Information specialist at the Department Data Solutions

Communication through various messenger services has become an established standard in society and plays an important role in the context of encrypted communication in crime prevention and law enforcement. Currently, these data are laboriously processed into tables using various applications and then manually reviewed by case officers. Additionally, the investigation departments of the State Criminal Police Offices and the Police Directorates in Lower Saxony are significantly burdened with processing investigations involving encrypted communication. 

The aim of the pilot phase was to evaluate the performance, user-friendliness, and operational capabilities of the software in the operational use of crime prevention in outstanding phenomenon areas. During the pilot phase of the Tracebook Chat-Module, we not only collected valuable user feedback but also identified potential for optimization.

Afbeelding
Klaas Dijkstra

Klaas Dijkstra

Professor of Applied Sciences in Computer Vision & Data Science

Klaas Dijkstra is a Professor of Applied Science at NHL Stenden. He holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Groningen and leads the Computer Vision & Data Science research group and is co-initiator of 'I'M A.I., an initiative to make AI available for everyone'. He is chairman of the Cluster Computer Vision Noord-Nederland (CCVNN), a platform of more than thirty companies in the north of the Netherlands that are active in the field of computer vision. He is a co-developer of the master Computer Vision & Data Science and the minor of the same name. Dijkstra has extensive experience (since 2005) with initiating, leading, and implementing hands-on research projects (SNN, SIA, etc.) He is the inventor of a patent for a medical device and he is (co)author of scientific publications in both the artificial intelligence and (hyperspectral) imaging domain and the various application areas (such as plastics, agriculture, medical, microbiology, etc.)

Afbeelding
Saul Johnsen

Saul Johnson

Lecturer/Researcher, Maritime IT Security Research Group

Saul Johnson is a career software engineer and cybersecurity practitioner with a background in academia. Prior to moving to Emmen, he worked as a lecturer in Computer Science and Cybersecurity at Teesside University in the UK, where he taught at a bachelors and master's level and led the expansion of the final-year CS curriculum to cover software verification. After concluding his Ph.D. research on formal methods applied to digital authentication systems, he relocated to the Netherlands where he worked as Head of Software Engineering at an Amsterdam-based cybersecurity firm before moving on to launch his own Rotterdam-based AI startup. As part of his current research focus at the Maritime IT Security Research Group at NHL Stenden, he works on the design of deceptive applications of AI in cybersecurity.

Afbeelding
Willem Bantema

Willem Bantema

Professor of Applied Sciences in Cybersafety

Willem Bantema is a professor at NHL Stenden's Thorbecke Academy in the field of governance and security in a digitizing society. He is also a member of Data Fryslan's Data Ethics Committee. New technological developments bring with them new risks, but also offer governments opportunities to design their policy, enforcement, and service delivery more smartly. Because the law cannot keep up with the pace of technological developments, new ways of working can put other societal values, such as privacy and freedom of speech, under pressure. This is even more true for AI applications. The professorship will therefore also explicitly involve society in ethical issues surrounding government action. Willem's professorship contributes to a government that increases societal (digital) security through good and effective governance. Special attention is paid to citizens' perspectives on the use of technology.

Afbeelding
Jurjen Jansen

Jurjen Jansen

Professor of Applied Sciences in Cybersafety

End users are an essential component of information security. Jurjen Jansen, professor in digital resilience of individuals and organisations, at the Cybersafety research group, investigates to what extent and in what ways this component can be strengthened and facilitated. Jansen obtained his PhD from the Open University in June 2018 with a dissertation titled 'Do you bend or break? Preventing online banking fraud victimization through online resilience'. His doctoral research focused on enhancing the online resilience of internet banking users. Since 2022, Jurjen has been affiliated with the research group as a professor.

Chairman 

Afbeelding
Denise de Boer IVK

Denise de Boer

Denise de Boer LL.M works as a lecturer-researcher at the Safety & Security Management studies of the Thorbecke Academy (NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences). She has an interest in the intersection of law and technology. Her expertise lies within the field of administrative law, where she focuses mostly on aspects of privacy, public order, human rights and crisis measures. As a researcher she studies the various legal aspects that digitalisation brings with for public administration, in terms of challenges as well as opportunities. One of those aspects consists of the usage of Artificial Intelligence in decision-making, as well as the rapid emerge of generative AI by a widespread userbase in daily practice. Denise moderated last years Thorbecke Conference on Intelligence & Counterintelligence, and will moderate this years conference on Artificial Intelligence.