A Glimpse into our Research
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology (ICT) with high relevance creating socio-economic impact. In addition to long-term, high-risk research, SnT engages in demand driven collaborative projects with industry and the public sector. Therefore, the centre has set up a partnership program with now 32 members, where it develops strategic areas addressing challenges confronting industry and the public sector in ICT. These resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond.
SnT has undergone a rapid development since its launch in 2009; recruiting top scientists, launching over 50 EU and ESA projects, creating a technology transfer office (TTO), protecting and licensing IP, launching four spin-off companies, and creating a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment with some 260 people.
SnT's Strategic Research Priorities
The SnT priority areas are aligned to objectives in the government’s Digital Lëtzebuerg strategy. Specifically, SnT's actions address the diversification of the economy, bring research actors closer to areas of important economic activity, strengthen Public–private partnerships (PPP) and increase Luxembourg’s international focus, especially through a greater participation in European programmes.
- Secure and Compliant Data Management
As the new economy is data driven, SnT together with partners builds competence in the management and protection of data, focussing on scalability, security, affordability and compliance. Regulatory changes regarding data protection and privacy provide a window of opportunity for Luxembourg to establish unique competence in this domain.
The intersection between finance and ICT is a natural area of opportunity for Luxembourg. ICT tools are necessary to provide scalable and cost-effective compliant solutions for the financial and banking sector. The emergence of technologies such as blockchain-based systems, smart contracts, crowd-based funding or lending may have a disruptive impact on the sector. Here, security and trust concerns are central.
- Cyber Security/Resilient Infrastructures
Cloud-based infrastructures are the future for a service based economy, offering flexibility, scalability, and affordability. These systems must be designed to ensure resilience against faults and human error as well as resisting intentional attacks. Critical infrastructures present a special challenge allowing SnT researchers to push the envelope regarding security and resilience.
- Satellite Systems
Satellite communications – a sector of great importance in Luxembourg – is the most effective way of providing ubiquitous coverage with broadband connections. The conventional linear multimedia are progressively replaced by non-linear content which is consumed on demand. This shift motivates novel techniques for delivering content to the end-user and presents tremendous opportunities for distribution via satellite networks.
- Connected Vehicles/Vehicular Software and Sensor Systems
ICT is a key driver of innovations in vehicular systems. Vehicles will be equipped with advanced sensor systems, monitored and controlled by embedded software for real-time decision making, connected, networked and self-managed. Providing secure and safe solutions in this highly dynamic and diverse environment is a considerable research challenge. SnT's research will contribute to create secure infrastructures in this area.
- Smart City/Building/Home
The internet-of-things (IoT) offers tremendous opportunities to build services for citizens in all stages of their life. However, these developments will not materialise without security and privacy being addressed. SnT focuses on delivering smart IoT solutions in a secure and reliable manner ensuring that privacy policies are met.
Our Research Groups
SnT is organized into 9 research groups
- APSIA – Applied Security and Information Assurance Research Group
- Automation Research Group
- CritiX – Critical and Extreme Security and Dependability
- CryptoLux - Cryptology Research Group
- NetLab - Networking Research Group
- SEDAN - Service and Data Management in Distributed Systems
- SerVal - SEcurity, Reasoning and VALidation
- SVV - Software Validation and Verification Research Group
- SIGCOM – Signal Processing & Satellite Communications
Our Laboratory Infrastructures
SnT counts 7 laboratory infrastructures, which support its research activities and ensure that research output will be carried closer to exploitation.
- Computer Vision Lab
- DriveLab and MultiTouch
- Internet of Things Lab
- Network Security Lab
- Software Defined Radio Lab
At the moment, SnT collaborates with 32 national and international industrial partners. SnT has formed strategic research collaborations around the larger partnerships: Satellite Systems, Vehicular Networks, Smart City/Building/Home, Secure and Resilient Infrastructures, Automotive Software and Sensor Systems, Reliable and Secure Smart Grid Infrastructures, e-Government.
SnT's partnership program allows research activity to be leveraged with public research funding through the European Framework Programme, European Space Agency, and the National Research Funding Agency (FNR). Industrial PhD student projects allow candidates to collaborate closely with a partner from industry or a government body. A list of our projects is available here.
The SnT Technology Transfer office (TTO) is developing best practices and ensuring that SnT's research results create impact. The TTO provides structured instruments (proof-of-concept, training, support) facilitating exploitation of research results through licensing and entrepreneurship.