Defense Applications of AI (DAAI) Workshop

An EDA – EU conference 

Co-organized with the European Defense Agency

The 1st Workshop on Defense Applications of AI – (DAAI 2021)

This workshop was organized by the European Defense Agency (EDA) a European Union (EU) Organization. Defense and Security systems are becoming more and more complicated and at the same time equipped with a plethora of sensing devices which collect an enormous amount of information both from their operating environment as well as from their own functioning. Considering the accelerating technology advancements of AI, it is likely that it will have a profound impact on practically every segment of daily life, from the labor market to doing business and providing services.  The security and defense sectors will not remain idle or unaffected by this technological evolution. On the contrary, AI is expected to transform the nature of future defence and security domains, because by definition defense and security forces are highly dependent on (accurate) data and (reliable) information.  The first Defense Applications of Artificial Intelligence (DAAI) Workshop aims at presenting recent evolutions in artificial intelligence applicable to defense and security applications.


  • Dr. Panagiotis Kikiras (European Defence Agency) – Program Chair
  • Dr. Evangelos Ouzounis – European Union Agency for Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Sergio Albani – European Union Satellite Centre
  • Dr. Fabrizzio Berizi – European Defence Agency.
  • Dr. Antonio Manzalini – Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM)
  • Dr Massimiliano Nolich – Universita’ degli studi di Trieste
  • Dr. Konstantinos Demertzis –

Topics of interest

    1. Applications of AI in Security and Defence focusing on (machine learning, natural language processing, data management aspects, intelligent agents & robotics, computer vision, knowledge representation & reasoning, human-machine decision making) 
    2. Responsible and trusted AI applications and algorithms
    3. Security and resilience of AI enabled systems
    4. Cyber risk of AI based systems.

INVITED TALKS under the framework of  the DAAI 2021 Workshop

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Evangelos Ouzounis
European Union Agency for Cybersecurity

Title: Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Challenges 

Bio: Dr. Evangelos OUZOUNIS is a senior expert at ENISA, the European Network Information Security Agency. He is responsible for the security policy section of the Technical Department of the Agency. The section contributes to the multi thematic program one, Resilience of public e-Communication Networks and develops position papers on emerging technical issues like mobile eIDs, social networking, virtual worlds and privacy issues of mobile eID cards. Dr. Ouzounis’ personal contribution is on policy and regulatory issues related to the resilience of public e-Communication Networks. Recently, he published the analysis and stock taking of 25EEA countries’ national policy and regulatory environments. His work will continue with development of good practice guides incident reporting management, information sharing, and exercises. Prior to his position at ENISA, Dr. Ouzounis worked several years as a project officer at the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media(DG INFSO). He significantly contributed to the development of DG INFSO’s strategy and policy related to secure application provision (e.g. eGovernment, eBusiness and eHealth), eIds, and secure software development. Dr. Ouzounis was co-founder of Electronic Commerce Centre of Competence (ECCO) at Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FhG-FOKUS, Berlin, Germany). He led and managed more than 20 pan European and International R&D projects in the areas of virtual organizations, secure distributed middleware, intelligent agents and web services. He was a lecturer at Technical University of Berlin, wrote 2 books and more than 20 peer reviewed academic papers and chaired several international conferences. Dr. Ouzounis holds a Ph.D from the Technical University of Berlin and a master from the Technical University of Patras in computer engineering and informatics.

Dr. Sergio Albani
European Union Satellite Centre

Title: Application of AI for GEOINT services in the Space and Security domain

The scope of the presentation will be to present the state of the art of GEOINT services for the security and defense applications and to demonstrate the benefit and impact of AI algorithms to these services.

Bio: Sergio Albani is the Head of Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) Unit at the European Union Satellite Centre. He is in charge of implementing new operational solutions in the Space and Security domain looking at the whole EO and collateral data lifecycle; this is performed by exploiting new data acquisition systems, secure satellite communications, emerging technologies and innovative EO based solutions. He is responsible for several H2020 projects as well as ESA Point of Contact and GEO Principal Alternate. Mr. Albani holds a Master’s degree in Physics (Astrophysics and Space Physics branch) and a 2nd Level Specializing Master’s Degree in journalism and Scientific & Institutional Communication.

Important Dates

The DAAI workshop follows the AIAI2021 official dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 12th of March, 2021 28th of March, 2021
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 16th of April, 2021 18th of April, 2021
Camera Ready Submission/Registration: 30th of April, 2021
Early / Author registration by: 4th of May, 2021
Conference Dates: 25 – 27 June, 2021


Guide for authors

All papers should follow the official AIAI2021’s paper format guidelines .


Initial submissions for the DAAI workshop will be received through AIAI 2021 submission system. Authors will be able to select “submit to DAAI Workshop” option after logging in.

How to submit a contribution

All papers should be submitted either in a doc/docx or in a pdf form and will be peer reviewed by at least 2 academic referees. Contributing authors must follow the AIAI2021’s paper format guidelines as far as the IFIP AICT file format.

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