RECOBIA - Reduction of Cognitive Biases in Intelligence Analysis

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CEIS is a strategy and risk-management Research and Consultancy Firm with a strong specialisation in defence, intelligence and security issues. Since more than 15 years, it works with EU institutions, national governments and agencies and the private sector. CEIS has numerous European and national security organisations in its partner's portfolio and has experts that cover a broad spectrum of intelligence cycle specialities. CEIS is a founding member of the EUROSINT FORUM.





Hawk is a British registered, open source intelligence and strategy specialist offering support to organisations within the global Defence & Security sectors. The company is dedicated to providing on-going information-led services including market analysis, technology and risk intelligence, real-time data analytics, strategic consultancy and intelligence training. Hawk has many years experience of improving Public and Private sector client performance through analysis and strategic advice, applied to the real challenges that organisations face in an increasingly unpredictable world driven by information.

Hawk's team of analysts and intelligence professionals will, primarily, lead WP4's 'Assessment of the Intelligence Process' in delivering a comprehensive analysis of the intelligence cycle and related intelligence activities.


Thales is a world leader in mission critical information systems for Defence and Security, Aerospace and Transportation. The Thales entities involved in the RECOBIA project are Thales Research & Technology (TRT) and the Defence & Security C4I Systems Division through Thales Communications and Security (TCS). TRT is a network of corporate research laboratories whose primary mission is to forge links between the company and leading scientific bodies in order to monitor the latest advances, develop disruptive technologies and expertise in new areas and provide a platform for innovation and knowledge-sharing to support company-wide projects. 

Thales is the leader of WP5 “Modelling and Feasibility Study on Cognitive Biases Reduction in the Intelligence Process” and is also strongly involved in Task 6.1 “Specifications and Evaluation Protocol for a Cognitive Biases Reduction Tool”.


Atos Research & Innovation, node of R&D at Atos Origin in Spain, is a point of reference in innovation for the whole Atos Origin group. It focuses on projects combining research &development and the economic exploitation of investigation’s results. Within the Consulting and Public Sector business unit, the Atos Research and Innovation group (ARI) concentrates on the realisation of international projects, combining the most up-to-date technological developments with a high awareness of the human factors (education sciences, disability-related issues, cultural diversity, multilingualism).

ATOS is the leader of WP6 dedicated to "specifications and evaluation protocol for solutions dedicated to cognitive biases reduction" while being also involved in WP5.


The 45 engineers and researchers affiliated with CEA LIST's Vision & Content Engineering Laboratory (LVIC) work on multimedia and multilingual data analysis and understanding, with a focus on fast growing and large public application domains. The core activities of the lab are structured around: technological watch, information retrieval, video surveillance and new applications associated to mobility (augmented reality, multimedia content management, embedded mobile applications).

CEA List is leader of the WP3 "Assessment of Cognitive Biases" thath aims at identifying the many cognitive biases that affect the practise of intelligence. WP3 will also evaluate their impact on analysis and decision-making process.





EUROSINT FORUM is a not-for-profit association (Belgium ASBL) dedicated to European cooperation and use of Open Source Intelligence. The EUROSINT FORUM is a pan-European network of over 400 intelligence professionals working in agencies and administrations across the Member States and EU institutions.

Within the RECOBIA project, The EUROSINT FORUM is responsible for facilitating the involvement of End-users and organising the six workshops planned throughout the duration of the project.


Zanasi & Partners, founded in 2006, is a consulting and advisory company, incorporated in Italy and active internationally. It serves the security research market by focusing on technological applications to security/intelligence issues. Main skills: data/text mining and information retrieval/analysis. Main relationships include leading technology companies, national and international public institutions. It operates through a network of professionals and partners (academic researchers, industry practitioners, institution officials, system integrators and technologies developers) which have generally a twofold background: security (and/or intelligence) and advanced technological skills. The company was appointed ESRIF Plenary member by European Commission in summer 2007 after the appointment of its founder to ESRAB in 2005.

In RECOBIA Z&P carries its long experience in using information technology in the Intelligence cycle.


The Data Analysis and Visualization group (Department of Computer Science) at the University of Konstanz is internationally renown for delivering innovative and high quality research in the field of knowledge discovery. This encompasses all aspects of the data analysis process from the development of methods for indexing high-dimensional spaces, clustering and similarity search to novel visualization and interaction techniques.

Within the RECOBIA project, UKON will use its expertise to classify cognitive biases as well as explore the effects of emotional factors such as information encoding and retrieval. It will then develop a range of solutions, based on analytic software tools, for the reduction in the adverse effects of cognitive biases.


The Knowledge Management Institute at the Graz University of Technology (TUG) undertakes interdisciplinary research in a broad spectrum of domains, integrating technological and application-oriented perspectives, including cognitive and social science aspects. The focus of research from a cognitive psychological viewpoint is on the investigation of the structures of cognitive processes, the representation and modelling of knowledge, concepts and competencies as well as their applications in individualised and adaptive automated testing. TUG-KMI closely cooperates with University of Graz (Department of Psychology, Department of Information Science) and the Know-Center, Austria's K+ Competence Center for Knowledge Management, and therefore retains close connections with Austrian corporate partners.