Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)


Main axes of research

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) launched by the University of Luxembourg (UL) targets research and PhD education in Security, Reliability and Trust. SnT provides a platform for interaction and collaboration between university researchers and external partners.

The overall aim of SnT is to become a European centre of excellence and innovation for secure, reliable, and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems and services. To create an impact, an interdisciplinary research approach is essential, taking not only technical aspects into account but also addressing business/organisational, human/user, and legal/regulatory issues.

The objectives of the centre are to:

  • create a European centre of excellence and innovation for secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services
  • provide a platform for research collaboration with national and international partners, and for participation in national and international funding programmes
  • establish a high quality and internationally attractive PhD programme
  • produce a positive impact on the region’s financial, content/services and communication/networking sectors
  • provide a meeting place in Luxembourg for knowledge transfer and exchange of ideas with a special focus on small and medium-sized businesses
  • foster an efficient dissemination of research results commercially and academically

Current research projects

Ongoing projects include partnered projects, projects funded by EU, FNR.

Some partnered projects include:

  • Research Program in Satellite Systems, SES
  • Self Organising Security Sensors in Highly-Distributed IP Networks, SES
  • Trusted Location Based Services, Telindus
  • Multimedia Sensor Networks, EPT
  • End-to-end Web Services Security, EPT
  • Research program in Multi Sensor Fusion, IEE S.A.
  • Collection of Passive DNS and Network Telescope Data, MECO
  • Potential Business for an Advanced Spread Spectrum Measurement System for Satellite Testing, MESR, SES
  • 2D/3D Sensor Fusion, IEE S.A.
  • SaPRO, Satellite Payload Reconfiguration Optimization, SES
  • Secure and Privte Location Profs/Architecture and Design for Location Based Services, iTrust
  • Energy Optimization and Monitoring in Wireless Mesh Sensor Networks, VDL
  • 4 projects funded by the European Space Agency

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is funding the following projects:

  • CO2SAT - Cooperative and Cognitive Architectures for Satellite Networks, with SES
  • LAAMI - Logical Approaches for Analysing Market Irrationality
  • MOVE - Mobility Optimization using VEhicular network technologies, with UCLA
  • MITER - Modeling, Composing and Testing of Security Concerns
  • SeRTVS - Secure, Reliable and Trustworthy Voting System
  • MARCO - Managing Regulatory Compliance: a Business-Centred Approach
  • ATREES - Attack Trees
  • GreenIT - EnerGy-efficient REsourcE AllocatioN in Autonomic Cloud CompuTing

The FNR also funds over 10 PhD and post-doctoral projects.

SnT participates into the following EU-funded FP7 projects:

  • ceFIMS

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Resources and collaborations


SnT has access to a laboratory infrastructure of the University, SECAN-Lab, a practice-oriented laboratory for scenarios of interoperability, security and mobility. The server room is equipped with a telecom interoperability test infrastructure provided by Siemens and Posts and Telecommunications and several servers. The test bed has been extended with an Ipv6-link for EC projects.

Products and services

In addition to participation in partner-initiated research projects, the partnership programme offers:

  • participation in research projects funded by external agencies (e.g. EU framework programmes and national research agencies)
  • Partners will thus gain early access to research results corresponding to an investment far beyond their own commitment
  • an interface and portal for direct industry research contacts with UL researchers
  • an informal meeting place at which seminars, workshops, and courses are arranged, creating a forum for discussion, interaction and debate as well as for launching research projects
  • competence enhancement to its partners through short courses covering various aspects of Security, Reliability and Trust
  • mobility programs as well as academic and industrial researcher exchanges including internships for PhD students
  • a yearly centre research progress meeting

The Centre creates visibility for the ongoing activity and for its participants.

Major partnerships and collaborations

National: SES ASTRA S.A.; Entreprise des Postes et Télécommunications; Telindus S.A. ; Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade ; IEE S.A. ; Red Dog Communications S.A., itrust consulting ; BCEE ; Ville de Luxembourg

International: Colorado State University (US); Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (FR); European Space Agency ESA/ SOC (DE); ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (CH); Hasso-Plattner- Institut at the University of Potsdam (DE); KTH - Royal Institute of Technology (SE); University of Trier (DE); University of Namur (BE) ; University of California Los Angeles (USA) ; European Space Agency/ESOC (DE) ;

Human resources

  • 50 Researchers (Prof., ass. Prof., Post-docs, PhD)
  • 24 Doctoral students and students
  • 0 Engineers
  • 0 Technicians
  • 9 Other

Business sector(s)

  • Information and Communication Technologies


Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
Campus Kirchberg, 6 rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, L-1359 Luxembourg-Kirchberg
Phone: +352 46 66 44 57 21
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. ENGEL Thomas
Phone: +352 46 66 44 52 63

R&D Contact

Ms. GALLO Marie-France
Phone: +352 46 66 44 57 21

  • Updated 29-06-2015