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Markus Lahtinen speaks on AI and camera surveillance

Portrait photograph of Markus Lahtinen. Bright background.
Markus Lahtinen. Photo: Johan Persson

Markus Lahtinen, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Informatics, Lund University, has been interviewed by both Dagens Nyheter (DN) and Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) for expert insights on the use of AI for crime-fighting purposes.

The articles in DN and SvD report on the potential integration of AI into camera surveillance, including facial recognition and automatic reading of licence plates. The aim is to increase the efficiency of law enforcement with these technologies while freeing the police from time-consuming manual work, such as going through large amounts of video material. 

The articles also address the question of where to draw the line between security and privacy, as well as individuals' views on the use of AI in the context of CCTV. 

Markus Lahtinen argues that the technology may be limited by EU and national laws and guidelines. He also points out that object recognition, an image processing technique that aims to recognise specific objects in an image, could be a possible way forward to overcome the legal obstacles that currently exist.

Markus Lahtinen's research interests include video surveillance and privacy, including public perception of the use of surveillance cameras in public places.