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Workshop on Data Science, AI, and Blockchain Solutions for Combating Illicit Trade - DSAIB-IllicitTrade 2025

23 - 25 February, 2025 - Porto, Portugal

In conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - ICPRAM 2025


George Azzopardi
University of Groningen, Netherlands and University of Malta
Brief Bio
George Azzopardi is an associate professor in pattern recognition at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is the coordinator of the Applied AI theme of the Jantina Tammes School of Digital Society, Technology and AI. Prof Azzopardi earned a BSc degree (Hons) from Goldsmiths College, an MSc degree from Queen Mary University of London, and a PhD degree (cum laude) in computer science from the University of Groningen in 2013. Prof Azzopardi has (co-) authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has successfully (co-) promoted 7 PhD candidates. His research spans brain-inspired pattern recognition, image processing, machine/deep learning, and information retrieval, with application to medical, forensic and radioastronomy image analysis. His work led to him being a co-recipient of the Ben Feringa Impact Award from the University of Groningen in 2023 and the ENLIGHT Impact Award from the ENLIGHT European University in 2024. Currently, Prof Azzopardi serves as associate editor for the Q1 journal, Pattern Recognition.


This workshop invites researchers and practitioners to combat illicit trade using data science, AI, and blockchain solutions. Authors will propose challenges in collecting reliable datasets and developing robust performance measurements across various domains, including trafficking of historical artifacts, human and wildlife trafficking, and environmental crimes. Authors will explore advanced technologies such as remote sensing, machine learning, deep learning, network analysis, and blockchain. Organized by Working Group 4 of the EU COST Action GLITSS, the workshop aims to enhance collaboration and share innovative methodologies. Authors are encouraged to submit their work, contributing to the global fight against illicit trade through cutting-edge technological advancements.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Vision
  • Explainable AI
  • Remote Sensing
  • Human and Wildlife Trafficking
  • Artefacts and Cultural Property
  • Drugs, Arms, and Counterfeits
  • Environmental and Endangered Species
  • Financial and Cyber Crimes
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Illicit Trade


Paper Submission: November 15, 2024
Authors Notification: January 6, 2025
Camera Ready and Registration: January 22, 2025


Dante Abate, Eratosthenes Centre Of Excellence, Cyprus
Swaroop Bennabhaktula, Information Systems Group, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Karol Bieńkowski, Instytut Nauk Prawnych Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
Eduardo Fidalgo, Department of Electrical Engineering, Systems and Automatics, University of Leon, Spain
Mustafa Kuş, Hepsiburada, Turkey
Esra Per, Gazi Universitesi, Turkey
Andrius Puksas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Besa Shahini, Universiteti I Tiranes, Albania
Gül Tahaoğlu, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
Noemia Bessa Vilela, Inštitut pravnih znanosti, Slovenia
Theo Zacharis, Greek Scientists Society, Greece

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


ICPRAM Workshops - DSAIB-IllicitTrade 2025