Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)


Main axes of research

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology (ICT) with a focus on creating socio-economic impact. The centre attracts talented researchers from all over the world to work on collaborative projects with industry and the public sector. 

SnT is guided by the principle that excellent scientific research can address the most pressing challenges society faces, and support industry in developing solutions. This foundation defines our set-up. We have a partnership model that enables truly collaborative exchanges. It allows​ us to have access to relevant challenges, real-world data, and systems to test our research results. This approach creates a lively ecosystem that feeds the local talent pool, and supports the local economy. ​Since its launch in 2009, SnT has established partnerships with more than 45 organisations.

Current research projects

SnT's partnership programme 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:

Resources and collaborations


SnT counts multiple laboratory infrastructures, which support its research activities and ensure that research output will be carried closer to exploitation.

These include:

  • Computer Vision Lab

  • LunaLab

  • Aerial Robotics Lab

  • SatComLab

  • CubeSatLab

  • Concurrent Design Facility

  • 360 Lab

  • Zero Gravity Lab

Products and services

SnT collaborates with public and private partners through an established model, our Partnership Programme. Companies of all sizes, entities and agencies come to work with our researchers to achieve their innovation and optimisation goals. In return, researchers get access to relevant challenges, real-word data, and systems to test their research results. 

The key benefits for partners include:

  • Gaining access to world-class research and talent

  • Leveraging state-of-the-art infrastructure

  • 50/50 co-financing for the joint project


Intellectual Property and Spin-offs are another important aspect of the SnT mission. Our research centre is committed to supporting the local economy by fuelling an innovative business climate. As researchers work today to solve the challenges of tomorrow, they regularly develop exciting new solutions for real-world scenarios. These can be turned into spin-off projects, or patents. Today SnT has five spin-offs. 

Cutting-edge research is the foundation of the SnT model. Attracting world-class researchers to Luxembourg has enabled the centre to gain recognition as a leader in ICT research since our founding in 2009. SnT has received five ERC grants, and contributed to over 80 EU and ESA projects. 

These guiding principles come together to form an innovation ecosystem. Regularly hosting seminars and conferences, as well as general networking events, allows SnT’s research to be discovered by potential partners, other researchers, and the public.

Companies and individuals looking to gain more insight into how our research can help them innovate should contact the SnT Technology Transfer Office:

Major partnerships and collaborations

SnT has formed key research collaborations focusing on six strategic research areas. In the FinTech sector CSSF, BNP Paribas, and Ripple, as well as other respected names, both in Luxembourg and abroad, work with SnT. In the field of autonomous vehicles key partners include Foyer, IEE, and the start-up Civil Maps. The Post Luxembourg and multiple manufacturers work on projects related to the Internet of Things. For cybersecurity SnT works with Huawei and Proximus, among others. In the domain of secure and compliant data management the international law firm LinkLaters uses SnT expertise, as well as multiple branches of the Luxembourg Government. And finally, in space systems we work with the leading satellite operator, SES. 

Find here the full list of SnT’s Partners:

Human resources

  • 152 Researchers (Prof., ass. Prof., Post-docs, PhD)
  • 153 Doctoral students and students
  • 0 Engineers
  • 0 Technicians
  • 49 Other

Business sector(s)

  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Technology Watch
  • Aeronautics and space


Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
29, Avenue J.F Kennedy L-1855 Luxembourg
Phone: +352 46 66 44 5010
Fax: +352 46 66 44 56 69

R&D Contact

Prof. Dr. OTTERSTEN Björn
Phone: +352 46 66 44 56 65

R&D Contact

Prof. Dr. LE TRAON Yves
Phone: +352 46 66 44 5262

R&D Contact

Dr. DUPREL Carlo
Head of Technology Transfer Office
Phone: +352 46 66 44 5078

  • Updated 28-04-2021