Highlights from the GRACE Project’s Final Conference in Madrid

Madrid, November 29-30, 2023

Celebrating a culmination of over three years of dedicated effort, the GRACE project proudly showcased its achievements during the final conference held in Madrid on November 29th and 30th, 2023. The event assembled a diverse audience of professionals eager to witness first-hand the EU-wide platform and tools that have been developed within GRACE to support CSE investigations.

The first day kicked-off with a hands-on Demonstration Workshop, providing a tangible experience for EU Law Enforcement Agencies to explore the platform’s functionalities. This engaging session underscored the practical applications of GRACE in real-world scenarios. The following day was focused on the overview of the GRACE project, spotlighting key milestones and the promising results achieved throughout its lifecycle.

Participants also had the opportunity to interact with the GRACE toolbox, exploring its features and applications.

Beyond its technical aspects, the event served as a networking hub, fostering connections among professionals, research organizations, and policy officers. Moreover, the GRACE final conference facilitated the collection of valuable feedback on the usability of the GRACE toolbox. The collaborative spirit and diverse perspectives shared during the conference contributed to its enriching atmosphere.

L3CE, as a consortium partner and contributor, played a pivotal role in developing a robust data set for Named Entity Recognition and Classification (NERC model) in the Russian language. This noteworthy accomplishment was documented in the publication titled “On Checking Robustness on Named Entity Recognition with Pre-trained Transformers Models.”

In conclusion, the GRACE project’s final conference in Madrid emphasised the pivotal role of innovation in combating crimes against child sexual exploitation.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883341