How applied and academic research can benefit from each other

dcypher Symposium 2019 connecting cybersecurity knowledge – enterprises - policies

Time: 11.30 - 12.45
Room: Solar (50)
Language: Dutch
Chaired by prof. Christianne de Poot, VU, HvA en Politieacademie

Succesful examples of research projects with hogescholen (universities of applied science) and academic institutions exist, but not all collaborations are succesful. We present two examples of best practices of such research collaborations. In an open discussion we will explore the success factors, the difficulties and the pitfalls, aiming to remove barriers for future collaborations.

  • ‘Police detectives on the Tor network’, an international study in which applied and academic researchers join forces
    dr. Wouter Stol, OU, Politieacademy and NHLUniversity of Applied Science 
    The above mentioned study is an example of an international study that combines an academic and applied approach. The study is carried out in collaboration between two police academies (NL and N), a university of applied sciences (NL) and two academic universities (UK and S). Several of the researchers involved have mixed back grounds. Furthermore the study has a multidisciplinary character (law, criminology, computer science). The challenge of the study is to produce academic deliverables (peer reviewed articles, PhD’s) as well as a police educational program with respect to policing the dark web. The study is about half way. What have we learned so far with respect to the subject of this workshop?
  • Research on new citizen centered public safety configurations challenges UAS-university cooperation  
    dr. Ben Kokkeler, Avans University of Applied Science
    Avans’s research group Social resilience in digital society has developed a consortium with four departments from two universities, four UAS research groups, three cities, a major safety region, a specialized innovation foundation on technology in safety and security, and a growing number of citizen initiatives for liveable cities and neighbourhood prevention. Cooperating under the flag of ‘Datacommons 4 smarter public safety’. In interaction with the research questions and practical issues that emerge from new citizen centered public safety configurations, the consortium develops its own innovation journey. Ben Kokkeler introduces the consortium and its approach, in particular promising features and first lessons learned in terms of limitations to overcome.

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This session is organised in close cooperation with  the Applied Science Organisation (NPRO-SIA)