The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conducts internationally competitive research and PhD education in information and communication technology (ICT) with an emphasis on creating socio-economic impact. Working with public and industry partners, SnT carries a mission to establish Luxembourg as a European centre of excellence for secure, reliable, and trustworthy ICT systems and services.
Space-related research features prominently among its strategic priorities, with current projects including work in satellite communications, space resources and space vehicles.
SnT scientists conduct both long-term research and engage in demand-driven projects; an interdisciplinary approach allows them to tackle problems not only from a technical perspective, but also to address organisational, human and legal issues. Through SnT’s Partnership Programme, researchers currently work in collaboration with over 40 private and public organisations, addressing the key challenges facing industry and the public sector in ICT. Along with the Partnership Programme, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) ensures that SnT is at the heart of efforts to build a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Luxembourg. The Centre has undergone a rapid development since its launch in 2009; recruiting top scientists, launching over 70 EU and ESA projects, protecting and licensing IP, launching four spin-offs, and creating a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment with some 300 people.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
SnT’s priority areas are aligned to objectives of 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.
Around 70% of SnT’s income stems from competitive research funding and over 100 MEUR external funding has been secured since SnT’s creation. Through the SnT Partnership Programme, large numbers of partners have proved willing to invest in joint research activities, ultimately improving their competitiveness through new and improved services and systems. The programme currently counts over 40 partners.
MAJOR SPACE PROJECTS
SES Partnership - Research Program in Satellite Systems
VHTS: User Terminal Wideband Modem for Very High Throughput Satellites, ESA.
LiveSatPreDem: Live Satellite Precoding Demonstration, ESA.
FlexPreDem: Demostrator of Precoding Techniques for Flexible Broadband Systems, ESA.
SIERRA: Spectral efficient Receivers and Resource Allocation for Cognitive Satellite Communications, FNR-ANR.
PROSAT: on-board PROcessing techniques for high throughput SATellites, FNR.
MOSIS: Model-Based Simulation of Integrated Software Systems