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Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime research

We are a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence with global reach, linking academic and professional expertise to create opportunities for ground-breaking research

Our mission

CENTRIC's mission is to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners policy makers and the public to focus on applied research in the security domain. 

The centre's activities are firmly underpinned by due consideration for citizen perspectives, the interests and engagement of all end users, as well as key societal issues and relevant ethical issues.

Selected projects

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An integrated solution for identifying and responding to explosive devices

VECTOR project website
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Developing an automated security approach for passenger ships

ISOLA project website
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Using immersive  environments to transform criminal investigations

INFINITY project profile
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An AI-powered platform for agencies fighting child exploitation

GRACE project profile
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A big data analytics framework for cybercrime and terrorism

AIDA project website
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Advanced technologies to combat threats against space ground segments

7SHIELD project website

Strategic aims and expertise

We aim to facilitate the triangulation between the four key stakeholders in the security domain: government, academia, the public, and private industry.

Our research has four primary foci.

  • Applied knowledge management in the security and intelligence domains, with focus on terrorism and organised crime.
  • Use of communication technologies in the promotion of public order, and the avoidance and resolution of crisis situations.
  • Development of networks of expertise across Europe in issues of cybercrime and cyber-terrorism.
  • Professional skill development for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and other relevant stakeholders.

Visit the CENTRIC expertise page to read more about our research themes and capabilities.

Our team

Professor Babak Akhgar, Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC

Professor Babak Akhgar

Director of CENTRIC

Babak Akhgar's profile
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CENTRIC people

Meet our board, team and external advisors on the CENTRIC site

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CENTRIC is aligned with the Industry and Innovation Research Institute (I2RI).

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