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VideoSense – Virtual Centre of Excellence for Ethically-guided and Privacy-respecting Video Analytics in Security

Founded by

EU Commission (FP7 - Security Research Programme)


May 2011 – April 2015

Project Coordination

The University of Reading

Cooperation Partner

  • Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • Thales Security Solutions & Services SAS
  • Ingeniera de Sistemas para la Defensa de Espana SA
  • Technical University Berlin
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


VideoSense will integrate leading European research groups to create a long-term open integration of critical mass in the twin areas of Ethically-Guided, and Privacy Preserving Video Analytics where the advent of new data intelligence technologies against the background of dynamic societal and citizen’s goals, norms, expectations, safety and security needs have all contributed to a complex interplay of influences which deserve in-depth study and solution seeking in order for the European societies, citizens and industry to strike the optimal balance in resolution of the various challenges in this arena. 

The overall concept of the VideoSense Virtual Centre of Excellence is centred on the need for a deeper cooperation between the technological side and the ethical side of the data analytics technologies and applications within security.  The key contribution that VideoSense-VCE offers to both involved communities is a clear path towards more rationally organised and structured European research in the area addressed. 

The VideoSense-VCE will play a significant role in this by bringing together a critical mass of leading experts and resources that will foster significant advances in the domain of socio-ethically-aware data and video analytics with a synergic and integrated approach. VideoSense efforts will fill capability gaps and provide clear added-value to security needs both from the technical perspective as well as from the socio-ethical and regulatory one; in VideoSense the respect of privacy and civil liberties will be both a guiding principle as well as part of the delivered results.

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