ArTificial inTelligENce for the deTectIon of trade-based mOney lauNdering!

Illicit trade is a problem of massive proportions, yet the detection rate worldwide is close to zero. Currently, there are very few methods to detect complex, large-scale cases of money laundering in trade and trafficking in counterfeit products. The necessary investigations are time-consuming and costly. Worldwide, there is a lack of a scientifically sound understanding of how illegal transactions can be detected and what patterns they follow.

The ATTENTION! project will systematically collect, model and analyse multiple global data sources such as trade data for imports and exports, company and web data. Based on global trade activities and their contextual information, artificial intelligence (AI) models will be developed and applied to detect and uncover illicit trade activities and their patterns in global, heterogeneous data. Among the challenges to be overcome are the lack of known cases, the complexity of the patterns and the need to explain detected suspicious cases. To this end, ATTENTION! relies on the interplay of supervised and unsupervised learning as well as the creation of a knowledge graph.

Funding program

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Enterprise Singapore. Enabled by ITEA.


Prof. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Nejdl

Project Manager

Dr. Simon Gottschalk

Project Manager