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DARLENE in the Third UNICRI-INTERPOL Annual Global Meeting on AI for LEAs

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), through its Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Global Complex for Innovation has organised their third annual global meeting on AI for Law Enforcement. The event took place virtually from 23-27 November and saw the participation of representatives of law enforcement agencies (LEAs), academia, private sector, and from UN and INTERPOL Member States. The scope of the conference was significant, over 600 participants from 80 countries attended and interacted during the event, asking questions and sharing knowledge. The global event explored AI use cases for law enforcement and discussed the importance of the responsible use of the technology respecting human rights and democracy.

Valencia Local Police (PLV) was invited to give a presentation on DARLENE project of which it is a partner. This project, which was launched in September 2020 and is expected to last 3 years, aims to investigate means by which Augmented Reality (AR) can be deployed in real time in order to help in LEAs decision-making by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) processes, Machine Learning (ML), as well as information fusion techniques through sensors, and 3D environment development among others.

During PLV’s presentation, entitled “DARLENE: Tackling crime and terrorism by developing AR tools and responsible AI”, we laid out the principles on which the technology that we will investigate during the project course is based and how PLV can collaborate both in the requirements needed for its development and during its testing in specific scenarios.

DARLENE will develop innovative augmented reality (AR) tools which will improve situational awareness when responding to criminal and terrorist activities. Specifically, the consortium will construct AR glasses with real-time semantic segmentation to enable LEAs to quickly recognise real-world objects and events and enable personalisation through the use of a companion smart band which can read the users’ needs and physical state. The project will also develop 5G radio deployment and network architecture options for the AR-based LEA ecosystem and offer extensive demonstration and training activities.

Understanding the importance of keeping a balance between the safety of law-abiding citizens and human rights, the DARLENE consortium will ensure robust ethical and legal compliance during the design and development of the AR smart glasses and the whole DARLENE AR law enforcement eco-system. A thorough analysis will investigate how the developed tools might impact key societal values, in particular the impact of machine learning algorithms and smart AR tools on equality, privacy and data protection, and the project will fully comply with the current EU ethics guidelines on trustworthy AI and automated decision-making.

The DARLENE Project received funding from EC H2020, GA No 883297.