The 1st International Workshop on 

Advanced ICT Technologies for Secure Societies (AICTSS 2017) 


Held in parallel with


28th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA’17)


Lyon, France

August 31, 2017



Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have remodelled the way we live and work over the last few years. The use of mobile Internet technology is already widespread, with more than 1.1 billion people constantly connected to the digital world using smartphones and tablets. The digital world everyday expands its frontiers to include not only humans, but also physical objects. Machinery, shipments, infrastructure, and devices are being equipped with networked sensors and actuators that enable them to monitor their environment, report their status, receive instructions, and even collaborate to take appropriate actions. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc., are progressively becoming the norm rather than exception as to the way through which people meet, socialize, communicate and work.

While such technologies promise to make our lives easier, they also raise significant security and safety challenges for modern societies. They can be misused by malicious individuals or groups to harm people or disrupt systems and services at unprecedented scale. For examples, social media such as Facebook and Twitter have been largely exploited by international terrorist groups to recruit thousands of people across the globe and commit terrorist attacks. Hackers have compromised the information systems of many democratic organizations in several countries and released information, including private and sensitive information, about candidates to sway the opinions of voters. The control of millions of unsecured internet routers around the globe was taken, in a recent denial of service attack, to flood a major DNS provider, leading to global internet outages. 

The workshop is cross-disciplinary and aims to bring together experts, researchers and practitioners from several communities including computer science, sociology, criminology, political sciences, healthcare, security, etc., to explore the use of Information and Communication Technologies (e.g., social networks, semantics, data mining and machine learning techniques, etc.)  for protecting our citizens, society and economy as well as our infrastructures and services, our prosperity, political stability and wellbeing. The scope of the workshop covers, but is not limited to, the following topics:

-      Fighting radicalization and extremism. Most of recent terrorism attacks have been committed by individuals who have been radicalized on social media and recruited to commit violent acts of terrorism. New solution and techniques in the context of social media are needed to identify radicalized individuals and radicalization inciting groups on social networks. Innovative radicalization prevention policies and measures are needed;

-      Societal aspects of policing. New solutions are needed to analyze the social, cultural, legal and ethical factors that affect the trust in Community Policing (COP), explore the ways how new technologies can be used in COP and to strengthen the trust between citizens and law enforcements agencies;  

-      Provision of enhanced cyber security. Innovative solutions are needed to secure information sharing and transition on Internet, secure web-based transactions, and immunize systems and services against malicious attacks; 

-      Personal data protection. Innovative solutions are needed to protect private personal data whether is on a social network, cloud, or an IoT-based smart environments;

-      Improving the resilience of society against natural and man-made disasters, ranging from the development of techniques for predicating and tracking the evolution of disasters (e.g., epidemics, earthquakes, etc.), to the protection of critical infrastructures and services;

-      Advanced data mining techniques for social analysis. New methods to automatically gather and represent information to allow the analysis of information, these methods should be designed to process social-based information as those from social networks. 

-      Innovative applications of semantics and ontologies representations in order to obtain better and stronger representations of this kind of data.

-     Innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to improve secure societies, from traditional supervised and unsupervised methods and their specific adaptation to process and detect useful patterns in radicalization detection or other kinds of cybercrime.








Authors are invited to submit electronically original contributions in English. Submitted papers should not exceed 5 pages in IEEE CSP format All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of DEXA’17 Workshops with IEEE CSP. One of the authors of an accepted paper must register to DEXA’17 conference and present the paper at AICTSS’17 workshop. For paper registration and electronic submission see from January 2017. 





Submission of full papers:                 May 15, 2017 

Notification of acceptance:                May 30, 2017 

Camera-ready copies due:                  June 07, 2017




Workshop organizers


·       Mahmoud Barhamgi - Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, Lyon, France.


·       David Camacho - Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.


·       Lisa Kaati – Uppsala University, Sweden.


·       Seraphin Alava – University of Toulouse II, Toulouse, France.





-       Katie Asplund Cohen, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden

-       Khalid Belhajjame, Paris-Dauphine University, France

-       Ladjel Bellatreche, ENSMA, France

-       Djamal Benslimane, Lyon1 University, France 

-       Sergio Damas, University of Granada, Spain

-       Nora Faci, Lyon1 University, France 

-       Antonio Gonzalez-Pardo, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

-       Abdelkader Hameurlain, IRIT Lab, France

-       Hasna Hussein, Observatoire des radicalisations (FMSH-EHESS), France

-       Raul Lara-Cabrera, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

-       Abdallah Makhoul, Franche-Comte University, France

-       Yucel Saygin, Sabanci University, Turkey

-       Chia-Mu Yu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

-       Mu Yang, University of Southampton, UK

-       Zhangbing Zhou, University of Geosciences, China