HENSOLDT Analytics Webinars
Use cases and software demos

We have been closely following the updates and regulations concerning the spread of Coronavirus. We have taken measures to protect the health of our team members while continuing to serve our customers. Due to the current travel restrictions introduced to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we offer you a possibility to join our webinars consisting of online sessions where our team members discuss the role of open source data in various domains and scenarios such as Hybrid Warfare, Migration, Fake News, Elections, etc. You can also opt for a classical software demo of our unique OSINT solution tailored to your needs and interests.

Next Webinar (12.05.2021)

HENSOLDT Analytics Chief Visionary Officer and OSINT specialist, Mark Pfeiffer will lead the discussion about the anatomy and characteristics of contemporary hybrid warfare. Two external guests, Ralph Thiele and Peter Cochrane, also renowned experts with a wealth of professional experience, will share their perspectives on the topic and will join a live Q&A session answering queries from the attendees. 

 

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Types of use cases and software demos:

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In situations like the European migrant crisis in 2015 or during the last migration-related crisis at the Greek-Turkish border, it is crucial to examine the communication discourse. Therefore, it is vital to investigate what do refugees talk about, which media do they consume and share and if they are encouraged by particular actors.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

 

In times of a pandemic, misinformation campaigns are not only harmful to electoral process, fact-based journalism and potential citizens’ decisions based on inaccurate information, but now also to people’s lives. Our OSINT solution empowers users to detect Fake News, polarizing narratives and discover various conspiracy theories by incorporating an automated-bots detection, topic and entities detection and sentiment analysis done in the original language.

 

The conflicts of the future will be hybrid and in the information domain. As one of the main goals of hybrid warfare is to influence the citizens, the existence of the Internet and social media represent a suitable platform for spreading polarizing, misleading and negative narratives. Disinformation and fake news are shared through Internet-enabled propaganda, which became one of the methods of hybrid warfare.

The Media Mining System is a platform designed for media monitoring, analysis and data-driven decision making by extracting and analyzing multilingual information from open sources, such as TV, radio, blogs, social media, etc., in real time. The features enable users to investigate stories, first source of any news, social media topics and much more, making it possible to navigate the vast amount of information and to identify and counter disinformation.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

As our solution allows continuous assessment of media coverage and public opinion in real time, it is suitable for monitoring health promotion campaigns, the perceived impact of government actions, or, due to the availability of 32 languages, international media monitoring of the development and measures concerning the pandemic.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

After the 2016 US Presidential elections and the success of the Vote Leave campaign in the UK, there could be no doubt about the significance and importance of utilizing big data in political communication. Both electoral and permanent campaigns, in order to be successful, need to regularly evaluate the public opinion of a candidate and his or her opponents, relevant issues, public image of the party, interest groups, media coverage of the race, etc. Even though data significates the power of knowledge, it appears in various forms ranging from unstructured data in text forms collected from social media to semi-structured metadata, etc.

This webinar discusses the usage of publicly available data in electoral or permanent campaigns and the impact of current events, such as the Coronavirus crisis, on the political campaigns and the electoral process.

If you missed this webinar and would like to watch it, please access it at the end of this page.

Today’s Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) systems typically employ a large – but fixed – vocabulary for the recognition and transcription of audio data.
Whereas the size of the vocabulary is typically in the hundreds of thousands of words, there will always still be more words that do not form part of this vocabulary.
Specific domain-dependent expressions, proper names, jargon or newly emerging terms – such as COVID during the Spring of 2020 – are examples of such “missing” words.
However, words that do not form part of the vocabulary also cannot be recognized by an ASR system.
So what can we do in case these words become crucial in achieving our task, e.g. when wanting to detect the mentions of COVID in a series of newscasts?

The HENSOLDT Analytics Language Model Toolkit (LMT) provides a framework for the extension and adaptation of ASR-models to particular domains. It allows
end-users and partners to flexibly include new terminology and thus to extend and adapt vocabularies to particular needs and tasks. If the task is to monitor
mentions of contagious diseases, we may want to add words like COVID to the vocabulary. If we aim to detect mentions of CEOs of companies, we may
want to add a name such as Elon Musk. In either case, the LMT allows users to tailor an ASR model to a particular domain and thus to increase the accuracy
and value of transcribed text.

The LMT can be operated in an interactive manner or it can be embedded in a programming environment. Furthermore, it is possible to link the LMT with
further components to create a framework that gathers data from relevant sources, select important new vocabulary and builds ASR models from this data.
All of these steps can be carried out automatically and together form the core of CAVA – the Continuous Automatic Vocabulary Adaptation – HENSOLDT Analytics’ environment to keep up with news as they evolve and change over time.

In this webinar, we elaborate on the above topics and demonstrate the use of the LMT for more accurate transcription. We outline the use of CAVA and
talk about some of the mechanisms behind these technologies.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

As currently approximately 6,500 languages are spoken worldwide, multilinguality can be regarded as the common feature of our world. Languages are complex systems of communication and language technology incorporates the methods of the analysis, production, modification or responses to human texts and speech by computer software. Human-centric Artificial Intelligence based on Language Technology is profoundly transforming the way humans and machines interact with each other, creating myriads of new opportunities across industries and society. This webinar discusses the term language intelligence, describes its components and how they are used in the industry.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

In the webinar before the election day on November 3, 2020, HENSOLDT Analytics invited two external guests, Peter Cochrane and Karl-Heinz Land, to discuss this historical event. After the elections, Mark Pfeiffer, Chief Visionary Officer at HENSOLDT Analytics, and Dominika Betakova, political scientist and currently a Prae-doc Research Associate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, discussed the election results, reasons why it took longer than usual to find out who the next USA President would be and what are the possible consequences of Donald Trump’s actions. The Questions & Answers session was joined by Professor Peter Cochrane, who spoke about falsehoods in the media.

You can watch a previous webinar on this topic at the end of this page. 

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Presenters

HENSOLDT Analytics webinars are led by our team of experts. External guests with relevant knowledge of the topics are often invited to present their perspectives together with them. 

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Christoph Prinz
Founder and CTO

Mag. Christoph Prinz is one of the founders of SAIL LABS Technology in 2009 (HENSOLDT Analytics since 2021). First he held the position as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2006. He studied business and computer science at the Vienna University. Moreover, he took courses in International Politics and Business at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Christoph Prinz graduated in 1992 and holds a master’s degree in business and computer science. In the course of his studies, he worked at and was responsible for projects at SiS, Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment, and IBM, which he joined after the military service, that he spent at the HDVA (Army IT Center), in 1992. At IBM, he worked as a developer application program manager, in several industry projects in leading positions, as well as a visiting scientist in the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, NY. In 1999 he joined SAIL LABS to form the Speech Technology Division in Vienna, Austria. In 2021, after HENSOLDT´s acquisition of SAIL LABS, he became HENSOLDT Analytics CTO.

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Gerhard Backfried
Chief Scientific Officer

Gerhard Backfried is one of the founders and currently holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer at HENSOLDT Analytics. Gerhard worked in the fields of expert systems for the finance sector and personal dictation systems (IBM’s ViaVoice). His technical expertise includes acoustic and language modelling as well as speech recognition algorithms. More recently he has been focussing on the combination of traditional and social media, particularly in the context of multilingual and multimedia disaster-communication. He holds a master’s degree in computer science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Vienna with specialty in Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Vienna. He holds a number of patents, has authored several papers and book chapters, regularly participates in conference program committees and has been contributing to national and international research projects, such as KIRAS/QuOIMA, FP7/M-ECO, FP7/SIIP, H2020/ELG or H2020/MIRROR.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Chief Visionary Officer

Educated in Germany and the United States in economics and aeronautics, Mark Pfeiffer has spent almost two decades consulting in those fields and works in many nations across the globe primarily in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His clients include various international government bodies as well as governments and participants of the air transport system. He joined SAIL LABS (now HENSOLDT Analytics) in 2003 and has since built up the governmental partner network and business, spanning most of the globe. In 2006 he co-founded the EUROSINT forum as a venue for exchange of ideas and concepts. His trainings in the OSINT domain are highly customized to the clients’ needs and he can draw from many years of customer interaction.

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Francesca Galeotti
Director of Business Development

Francesca Galeotti works as the Director of Business Development at HENSOLDT Analytics. She obtained a master's degree in International Studies and Military Strategical Studies at the Center of High Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defence. She has previously worked at Leonardo SpA as a Business Development Manager and a Strategical Analyst. Before she has joined HENSOLD Analytics, she was the Representative Officer of Leonardo SpA in Azerbaijan.

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Erinc Dikici
Speech Scientist

Erinc Dikici is a Researcher at the core speech recognition team of HENSOLDT Analytics. His interests include acoustic and language modelling for speech recognition. He obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 2016. His dissertation was on the subject of supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised methods for discriminative language modeling for Turkish. Erinc has been participating regularly in national and internal research projects and is currently working on Neural Network-based ASR. Within the FP7-project SIIP, Erinc plays an active in the development of ASR, keyword-spotting and the integration of technologies into the common project platform.

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Alexander Oberkersch
Business Development Manager

Alexander Oberkersch  joined SAIL LABS (now HENSOLDT Analytics) in 2018 as Business Development Manager. While working in private security he studied business at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. Afterwards he obtained a Master’s degree in Security and Intelligence Studies from the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham (BUCSIS) in England. Work placements as well as places of education included Istanbul, Johannesburg, Brussels, Washington DC and London.

Previous Webinars

In January 2021, SAIL LABS Technology GmbH was acquired by the sensor specialist HENSOLDT and became HENSOLDT Analytics.

Webinar X. - US Elections Webinar: Data Statistics – Risks & Hinge Factors - October 28, 2020

As November 3, the US Presidential election day approached, HENSOLDT Analytics invited two external guests, Peter Cochrane and Karl-Heinz Land, to discuss this historical event.

Many factors that could have affected the results of the elections and secure the presidency to one side or the other were taken into consideration: the number of Coronavirus deaths in the USA, the Black Lives Matter movement, the death of Justice Ginsburg and her potential successor, the mechanisms of the electoral college, the current media coverage of the race, etc.

The two external guests, Mark Pfeiffer, the Chief Visionary Officer of HENSOLDT Analytics, and Dominika Betakova, political scientist and currently a Prae-doc Research Associate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna discussed which hinge factors they thought might be crucial to the US Presidential Elections 2020. 

You can watch the full video below!

Webinar IX. - LMT: How to catch up when your vocabulary is running away - October 21

In this webinar, the Head of Research, Gerhard Backfried, the Speech Scientist, Erinc Dikici and the Research Project Manager, Dorothea Thomas-Aniola, elaborate on the topics of Automatic Speech Recognition, SAIL LABS  (now HENSOLDT Analytics) Language Model Toolkit, CAVA – the Continuous Automatic Vocabulary Adaptation and the challenges that the machine-processing of speech and text brings.

You can watch the full video below!

Webinar VIII. - Language Intelligence at work - October 7, 2020

As currently approximately 6,500 languages are spoken worldwide, multilinguality can be regarded as the common feature of our world. Languages are complex systems of communication and language technology incorporates the methods of the analysis, production, modification or responses to human texts and speech by computer software. 

In this webinar, HENSOLDT Analytics CTO, Christoph Prinz, and Philippe Wacker, Executive Director of LT-Innovate, discuss Language Intelligence as an empowering tool to better navigate a multilingual world.

You can watch the full video below!

Webinar VII. - CoffAI Talks - the 1st edition - September 16, 2020

We published the first edition of our CoffAI Talks in which our team members discuss various topics within the artificial intelligence field in September/2020!

In case you missed the short webinar where our Chief Visionary Officer, Mark Pfeiffer, and the Head of Research, Gerhard Backfried, discuss the latest company-related news and research projects in which HENSOLDT Analytics (previously  SAIL LABS) is participating in, watch the full video below!

Webinar VI. - August 26, 2020: Elections & OSINT

Dominika Betakova, political scientist and currently a Prae-doc Research Associate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna spoke about political marketing, the role of open source data and the media monitoring in campaigns’ phases or opposition research. She also depicted the challenges that COVID-19 pandemic introduces into the electoral process and what we might see as a result.

Webinar V. - August 18, 2020: Beirut Blast & OSINT

This special webinar took place two weeks after the Beirut blast in Lebanon that happened on the 4th of August, 2020. Chief Visionary Officer Mark Pfeiffer, Business Development Manager, Alexander Oberkersch, and the political scientist Dominika Betakova presented findings from the Beirut Blast report.

HENSOLD Analytics team was joined by two special guests:

Ramy El-Khoury – A technical expert and critical asset – on the ground in Lebanon;  Director (Lebanon) – CEO (KSA) – Managing Director (UAE) at Rafik El-Khoury & Partners

Eelco H. Dykstra – Chairperson of VISION 20/20 Program and Network: ‘From Risk to Resilience’ ; Creator of the Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model Founder, Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM) Network

Webinar IV. - July 29, 2020: Hybrid Warfare & OSINT - Vol. II

This webinar was led by Mark Pfeiffer, Chief Visionary Officer of HENSOLDT Analytics. It provides insights into different types of hybrid threats, open source intelligence and other intelligence types, how media literacy and media consumption is relevant and what to watch out for in the current times.

Webinar II. - July 1, 2020: Migration & OSINT

Alexander Oberkersch, the Business Development Manager at HENSOLDT Analytics, showcased both theoretical background and practical real-life usage of open source intelligence (OSINT) when investigating migration related cases or threats.

Webinar I. - June 17, 2020: Hybrid Warfare & OSINT

This webinar was led by Mark Pfeiffer, Chief Visionary Officer of HENSOLDT Analytics. It provides insights into different types of hybrid threats, open source intelligence and other intelligence types, how media literacy and media consumption is relevant and what to watch out for in the current times.