Terrorist attacks have intensified in the last few years resulting in loss of life, extensive material damage and a sense of fear and insecurity among citizens. Terrorist groups use the possibilities provided by new technologies to spread propaganda and create recruitment networks in different countries.

Organized groups make use of new technologies, especially the Internet and social networks to find like-minded people and radicalize them. Thankfully, it is precisely this online trail that allows authorities to obtain data about potentially radicalized online profiles and to stop a terrorist attack from occurring.

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However, authorities need mechanisms that are going to increase the accuracy of the data they collect. For this reason, our Research Group is working in collaboration with the company Sistem Security Check, on a comprehensive tool for the detection of online terrorist propaganda. TWINPICS is based on social computing and sentiment analysis for the detection of duplicated profiles used for terrorist propaganda and other criminal purposes.

The tool leverages natural language methods and network typology on platforms such as Twitter or Telegram, for the detection of duplicated profiles and prediction of radicalization processes, mainly based on the content published by terrorists or other criminal groups.

We are working in collaboration with Sistem Security, on the in-depth evaluation and analysis of the problem, as well as its ramifications.

Our objective is to develop data capture systems. However, the development of this type of intelligent systems requires a comprehensive study of the problem using recent data and existing knowledge. Currently, the project finds itself in a phase that is key to its development.

I’m sure this project will be of great benefit to the society.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.