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2021 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA)

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This week, HENSOLDT Analytics Research Team is taking part in the 2021 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA) hosted by Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. The event takes place online from the 14th to the 22nd of May.

On the 17th, HENSOLDT Analytics Project Manager for Research Projects, Dorothea Thomas-Aniola, will be chairing the Focus Session: Fake News. During the session, our Chief Scientific Officer Gerhard Backfried will hold a presentation together with Werner Bailer, key Researcher at DIGITAL – Institute for Information and Communication Technologies at JOANNEUM RESEARCH in Graz, Austria. Gerhard and Werner will speak about the topic Challenges for Automatic Detection of Fake News Related to Migration. The abstract of their presentation can be seen below.

Abstract: Challenges for Automatic Detection of Fake News Related to Migration

ABSTRACT: Fake news and misinformation is a widespread phenomenon these days, affecting social media, alternative and traditional media. In a climate of increasing polarization and perceived societal injustice, the topic of migration is one domain that is frequently the target of fake news, addressing both migrants and citizens in host countries. The problem is inherently a multi-lingual and multi-modal one in that it involves information in an array of languages, material in textual, visual and auditory form and often involves communication in a language which may be unfamiliar to recipients or which these recipients only may have basic knowledge of. We argue that semi-automatic approaches, empowering users to gain a clearer picture and base their decisions on sound information, are needed to counter the problem of misinformation. In order to deal with the scale of the problem, such approaches involve a variety of technologies from the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

More information about this and other sessions at the 2021 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA) can be found on the official website of the event.

You can find out more about the interplay of Fake News and social media and ways how Open Source Intelligence can help to combat it in this interview with Gerhard.

Interview with Gerhard Backfried

In this interview, Gerhard Backfried, Chief Scientific Officer at HENSOLDT Analytics, answered questions regarding the origin of Fake News, the interplay of Fake News and social media and ways how Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Machine learning (ML) and Artificial intelligence (AI) can help with combating Fake News