LeADS- ON-LINE seminar series – Prof. Ricardo BAEZA-YATES

JOIN US to the online Seminar co-organized by LeADS:

Invited speaker: Prof. Ricardo BAEZA-YATES Professor, Director of Research, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University
Title: Responsible AI
Date: 25th of April, at 16:00 – 17:00 (hybrid)
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Conference ”Data Ethics and Governance: Unravelling the Complexities of Privacy, Fairness, and Access in the Digital Age”

The Conference by the title ”Data Ethics and Governance: Unravelling the Complexities of Privacy, Fairness, and Access in the Digital Age” is scheduled, in the framework of the LeADS Project, for Monday 15th of January 2024
from 14:00 to 18:00 CET in Blvd General Jacques 271, 1050 Brussels

It is also possible to join the Conference online. No registration is required. Please check the QR code for the Webex meeting in the flyer of the Conference LeADS_Flyer Conference 15 January 2024 Brussels _F


LeADS Conference on Data Ethics and Governance

The LeADS project is organising a conference, titled “Data Ethics and Governance: Unravelling the Complexities of Privacy, Fairness, and Access in the Digital Era“, in a hybrid mode at U-Residency (VUB Etterbeek Campus) on Monday, 15th January 2024. For the remote participation, you may join us here.

Below you can find the detailed programme:

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome and introductory remarks

Prof. Dimosthenis Kyriazis, Dept. of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus

Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities in Fair Machine Learning, Data Access, and Governance 

14:05 – 14:15 Introduction

Chair: Prof. Giovanni Comandé, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

14:15 – 14:35 The Flawed Foundations of Fair Machine Learning

Robert Poe (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) and Soumia El Mestari (University of Luxemburg)

14:35 – 14:55 Measuring data access and re-use in the European legal framework, from GDPR to Data Act

Tommaso Crepax (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), Mitisha Gaur (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) and Barbara Lazarotto (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

14:55 – 15:15 Data Collaborative with the use of Decentralized Learning

Maciej Zuziak (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Onntje Hinrichs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Aizhan Abdrassulova (Jagiellonian University)

15:15 – 15:35 Discussion


  • Dr. Laura Drechsler, KU Leuven
  • Dr. Katarzyna Poludniak, Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. Gabriele Lenzini, University of Luxemburg 

15:35 – 15:50 Q&A

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee break

Panel 2Data Privacy, Minimization, and Governance in Personal (and Sensitive) Data

16:10 – 16:20 Introduction

Chair: Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri, University of Leiden

16:20 – 16:40 Contribution to data minimisation for personal data and trade secrets

Qifan Yang (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) and Cristian Lepore (University of Toulouse III)

16:40 – 17:00 Transparency and relevancy of direct-to-consumer genetic testing privacy & consent policies in EU

Xengie Doan (University of Luxemburg) and Fatma Sumeyra Dogan (Jagiellonian University)

17:00 – 17:20  From Data Governance by Design to Data Governance as a Service

Armend Duzha (University of Piraeus), Christos Magkos (University of Piraeus), and Louis Sahi (University of Toulouse III)

17:20 – 17:45 Discussion


  • Prof. Elwira Macierzyńska-Franaszczyk, Jagiellonian University
  • Dr. Arianna Rossi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
  • Dr. Afonso Ferreira, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Prof. Michail Philipakis, University of Pireaus

17:45 – 18:00 Q&A

Participation is free and open to all.

We are looking forward to sharing our research and having fruitful discussions surrounding our project.

LeADS and LiderLab Workshop on ethical and legal issues in technology

The VALKYRIES Project– funded from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, focused on analyzing, improving and developing infrastructures, protocols, and prompt data exchange standardisation and harmonisation tactics to increase effectiveness and interoperability in cross-frontier and cross-sector emergency situations, conducted its third ethical legal workshop titled “Dealing With Ethical Legal Issues Technology Development: The Current Approaches Adopted In Ongoing Projects” on March 3, 2023.

The workshop consisted of presentations by persons involved in various projects such as the VALKYRIES, 5GSOSIA, RESCUER, LEADS and FACILITATE, these presentations focused on the ethical and legal issues encountered and combatted during the course of their respective projects.

On behalf of the LeADS Project, Prof. G. Comandé introduced the legality attentive data scientists project and discussed how the LeADS Project is aimed at bridging the gap between data science and law by training early-stage researchers who are involved in the project with technical prowess as well as legal expertise. Further, he mentioned that this has been made possible by the various partnerships with companies and government agencies that the LeADS Project has carved out for its early-stage researchers to create a balance between theoretical studies and practical implementations across sectors.

13th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security

LeADS Beneficiary University of Luxembourg is organising the 13th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security which will take place on 7 July 2023 as a hybrid event in Delft, The Netherlands. ESR Xengie Doan and Prof. Gabriele Lenzini are on the organising team of the event.

The objective of the workshop is to stimulate an exchange of ideas on how to design systems that are secure in the world where they interact with users of varying lived experiences and diverse needs. Bringing together experts working in various areas of computer security as well as in social and behavioral sciences.

The Call for Papers accept original papers in several formats:

  • Full Papers discussing original research, answering well-defined research questions, and presenting full and stable results;
  • Work in Progress describing original but unfinished piece of work, based on solid research questions or hypotheses.
  • Position Papers discussing existing challenges and introducing and motivating new research problems;

For more information check STAST 2023 website!

LeADS Organises TILL Workshop and Conference on Data Sciences & EU Regulations

On the 6th and 7th of December 2022, the 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) met again for the Conference on Data Sciences and EU Regulations and for the Technology Innovation in Law Laboratories (TILL) workshop in Toulouse, France. The events took place under the auspices of IRIT, Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, one of the beneficiaries of the LeADS project.


Conference on Data Sciences and EU Regulations

The two-day LeADS event kicked off with the Conference on Data Sciences and EU Regulations organised by IRIT.The conference was divided into three sessions. The opening session consisted of two keynote talks. The first keynote was entitled “Technological Barriers & Opportunities for Data Sciences” by Jean-Michel Loubes from IMT-ANITI who presented his research on algorithmic bias. The second keynote, entitled “Barriers and opportunities for Data Sciences brought by EU Regulations” by Emanuel Weitschek from the Italian Competition Authority made an analysis of the current EU Regulations that provide opportunities for data sciences, such as the Data Markets Act.

The conference continued with the LeADS ESRs’ poster session, where they presented the development of their research.

The third and final session was a panel discussion on “Best practices for digital technology development in the era of big regulation” with Gabriele Lenzini from University of Luxembourg, Jessica Eynard from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Nicolas Viallet from Université de Toulouse, and Teesta Bhandare from Art Garde. The panel covered many topics such as AI for art tokens, online age verification and children’s safety on the internet, and the relevant EU policy and regulatory measures.


Technology Innovation in Law Laboratories (TILL) Workshop

On the second day, the ESRs gathered at IRIT again for the Technology Innovation in Law Laboratories (TILL)workshop. These two-part workshop series in the LeADS training program present the ESRs with the opportunity to do hands-on exploration of practical cases. The goal of the TILL workshops is to go beyond the conventional learning practices and focus on horizontal interactions and collaborative learning. TILLs also aim to prepare the ESRs for their upcoming secondments (at companies and regulators) in terms of knowledge transfer and in a more general pedagogical context seeking to reconcile the different vocabularies and practices around technology and law. 

The first one of the TILL workshops was co-organised by the LeADS beneficiaries Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and University of Luxembourg. The practical cases to be worked on were provided by the LeADS partners TELLU, Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and INDRA.

The workshop kicked off with an introduction by Imge Ozcan from VUB and Arianna Rossi and Marietjie Botes from University of Luxembourg. Following this introductory session, the workshop continued in breakout sessions where the ESR teams worked on the practical cases.


Team 1 was composed of ESRs Xengie Doan, Fatma Sumeyra Dogan, Aizhan Abdrassulova, and Soumia Elmestari. They worked on a use case on health personnel access to e-health data provided by TELLU. Supported by their mentors Arianna Rossi (University of Luxembourg) and Katarzyna Południak-Gierz (Jagiellonian University), the group of ESRs discussed solutions and proposed a health data management prototype that offers read access only to patient data, 2F authentication, encryption, and easy opt-out solutions.

Team 2, formed of ESRs Tommaso CrepaxBarbara LazarottoMitisha GaurQifan Yang, and Louis Sahiworked on a practical case related to data portability provided by the Italian Competition Authority. With the support of their mentors, Marietjie Botes (University of Luxembourg) and Ali Mohamed Kandi (Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier University), the team worked on an Instagram story as a case study and came up with a data portability proposal, covering several crucial aspects such data protection, IP Law, technical standards and economic implications.



Team 3, formed by ESRs Armend Duzha, Onntje Hinrichs, Cristian Lepore, Maciej Zuziak, and Robert Poe, worked on a practical case on biometrics deployment in security systems provided by INDRA. Supported by their mentors Gloria González Fuster (VUB) and Gabriele Lenzini (University of Luxembourg), the team proposed a holistic solution providing innovative technical recommendations in line with the security rules for attaining Facility Security Clearance (FSC) and data protection rules embodied in the GDPR​.

In the late afternoon, the ESR teams presented their findings in an interactive session and received questions and feedback from the LeADS members and other participants. Claudia Castillo Arias (INDRA), José Francisco Suárez Mulero(INDRA), Liubov Kokorina (TELLU) and Emanuel Weitschek (AGCM) also joined the interactive session to provide feedback on behalf of the partners that provided the practical cases.

The ESRs were encouraged to build on the work developed during this workshop and were offered further collaboration opportunities by LeADS partners and beneficiaries. The second TILL workshop will take place in December 2023.

IRIT and LeADS Conference on Data Sciences and EU Regulations

The LeADS project will co-organize a Conference, titled “Conference on Data Sciences and EU Regulations” in a hybrid format at the IRIT, Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France on Tuesday 6 December 2022.


9:00 – 9:15 – Introduction by Jean-marc Pierson (IRIT)

9:15 – 10:30 – Session 1

Keynote talk on “Technological barriers & opportunities for Data Sciences” – Jean-michel Loubes  (IMT-ANITI)

Keynote talk on “Barriers and opportunities for Data Sciences brought by EU regulations” – Emanuel Weitschek
(Italian Competition Authority)


10:30 – 11:00 – Session 2

Posters presentation by Early Stage Researchers of the LeADS project

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 3

Panel on “Best practices for digital technology development in the era of big regulation” –  Gabriele Lenzini
(University of Luxembourg), Jessica Eynard (Université Toulouse 1 – Capitole), Nicolas Viallet (Université de Toulouse), Teesta Bhandare (Art Garde)


12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch


Participation is free and open to all, but prior registration is mandatory for December 4 at the latest.

TcIoT Workshop “Trusted Computing and the Internet of Things”


We are pleased to invite you to the workshop “Trusted Computing and the Internet of Things” that will take place on Thursday, November 10 in hybrid mode at Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse – IRIT (a LeADS partner). Participation in this event is free and open to all, but prior registration is mandatory. For more information and registration go to the event website.Program:

9:15-9:30 – Introduction

9:30 – 10:30 – Session 1 

  • Trust management in large-scale IoT – Pr. Mawloud OMAR (Université Bretagne Sud)
  • How to authenticate things (objects) remotely? Opportunities and challenges of today’s technologies – Dr. Gabrielle LENZINI (University of Luxembourg)

10.30 – 11.00 – Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00 – Session 2

  • Analyzing the risk of IoT enabled cyber-physical attack paths against critical systems – Pr. Panayiotis KOTZANIKOLAOU (University of Piraeus)
  • Privacy Preserving Authentication for Internet of Vehicles (IoV) – Dr. Khaled HAMOUID (ESIEE Paris)

12.00 – 14.00 – Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.00 – Session 3

  • Secure integration of IT and OT – Prof. Sokratis KATSIKAS (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Trust in the IoT ecosystem – Dr. Youcef IMINE (Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France)

15.00 – 15.30 – Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.30 – Session 4

  • Greater reliability in the IoT thanks to the group – Pr. Maryline LAURENT (Télécom SudParis)
  • Blockchain-based cryptographic key management for IoT – Dr. Mohamed Ali KANDI (Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse 3)

16.30 – 17.30 – Round table and conclusion

ESRs Armend Duzha and Christos Magkos at National Technical University of Athens Researchers’ Night


On September 30th at the National Technical University of Athens, in the historical Averof building, ESRs Armend Duzha and Christos Magkos together with an associate researcher in LeADS Manolis Alexakis participated in the 2022 Researchers’ Night. An annual event in which all universities and research centers of the Attica region gathered to present the ongoing activities they are involved in. We were present at the “European Corner”, where the MSCA fellows presented their posters, ESRs addressed questions from not only the audience but also other researchers and students of both universities and schools.


Researchers were able to learn about ongoing research and innovation in physics, computer science, and chemistry as well as discuss on topics regarding Human Rights, European policy, and the ever-increasing importance of privacy in a digital world.

ESRs Fatma Doğan and Aizhan Abdrassulova at Jagiellonian University’s Researchers Night


On September 30th, Researchers’ Night is celebrated with various events and activities by Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland. The university opened its doors to show how science is created and prepared many scientific attractions for the guests so that everyone could find something suitable for themselves.

ESR Fatma Doğan attended the “Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University” event. Unfortunately, due to some unexpected renovation works the event held place online, nevertheless, both ESRs have learned a lot about the mysteries of the universe.

ESR Aizhan Abdrassulova emphasizes the high level of organization of this important event in the scientific world, the university has thought out a system of early registration, ticket issuance, and the opportunity to choose an interesting topic from a wide range of topics presented. Following her personal interests, she attended events about climate problems and the influence of nature on the human body, which were also held online at our university. The events enriched her with new knowledge and gave her the opportunity to discuss her own research with other attendees.