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Research to empower companies’ space ambitions

New space movement.

Over the last three decades, Luxembourg has created a thriving scene of space activities where more than 50 companies have emerged.

The new space movement has given rise to a private sector making it possible for more and more businesses to reach for the stars.

Luxembourg has given priority to its space strategy. With its new space movement and a supportive institutional framework, the country provides start-ups with a conducive ecosystem.

The Computer Vision, Imaging & Machine Intelligence Research Group (CVI2) of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) – a research centre within the University of Luxembourg, aims to support businesses in making a breakthrough in space.

How research supports space companies

For many companies in the space industry, creating a team covering the whole spectrum of expertise can seem as difficult as rocket science.

With contributions needed in the areas of materials science, structural engineering, manufacturing and robotics, as well as in computer vision, research in Luxembourg offers a significant advantage to both start-ups and established entities, approaching projects from all angles.

With a team of interdisciplinary researchers, a computer vision lab and the Zero-G lab, SnT enables start-ups to make real progress, steering research in the right direction.

“Offering space companies the opportunity to partner with research to access broader expertise allows them not only to fill in the gaps, but also to focus their efforts on their core business.”

Prof. Djamila Aouada, head of the CVI2 research group and co-head of the Zero-G Lab at SnT

When Research Luxembourg and a start-up enter a ‘new space’ partnership

SnT and Lift Me Off have teamed up to develop technologies that will give service vehicles intelligent visual processing. The start-up is committed to the safe and sustainable use of space by exploring the fields of autonomous satellite services in orbit.

As a result of their collaboration, the SPARK simulator for orbital space detection emerged. This project is certainly one of the most important contributions of research to the Luxembourg space industry. Indeed, the application represents an important step forward in the design of deep learning algorithms for space applications. The simulator also includes target recognition in the critical area of space debris, as well as the complex business of position estimation.

While formally owned by SnT, the simulator has the potential to have a great impact on the sector, with a wide range of applications for future partnerships.

The Zero-G Lab – moving in absence of gravity

The Interdisciplinary Space Master’s Zero-G laboratory is designed to test the motion of orbital robotics, satellites and other spacecraft in a micro-gravity environment.

By seeing how spacecraft and orbital robotics can be controlled or operate with decoupled systems in this environment, researchers can explore, understand and predict their behaviour in space.

@Zero-G Lab – Interdisciplinary Space Master – University of Luxembourg

Read more about the Computer Vision, Imaging and Machine Intelligence Research Group.

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Research X Probiotic Group Luxembourg to give a biological alternative to toxic products

Next-generation of natural cleaning products.

Harsh chemicals are still commonly used for surface disinfection despite their potential impacts on health and the environment. Probiotics are game changers, offering an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional hard-surface cleaners.

While probiotics have proved their worth in fighting the formation of pathogenic microbes on or in the human body, little has been explored in built environments, including kitchen surfaces or medical rooms.

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) from the University of Luxembourg partnered with Probiotic Group Luxembourg (PBGL) to create the next generation of natural cleaning products.

A new generation of ECOCERT-certified natural cleaning products

The project seeks to transfer viable biological alternatives of toxic chemicals to the market.

Luxembourg researchers are teaming up to provide industrial partner Probiotic Group Luxembourg with a new recipe book based on bacterial agents that allow the production of a new generation of natural cleaning products that are ECOCERT-certified, or even vegan-compatible. To do this, the team not only identified promising environment candidates, but also tested and confirmed their compatibility with the other components of their partner’s cleaning product.

Making the most genomic microbiology, researchers are looking to identify which bacterial strains have genes that induce the production of effective molecules. Once the right bacterial strains have been selected, they will be tested on various types of hard surfaces.

A bridge between research and the industry

The research team behind this innovative project succeeded in identifying more than fifty bacterial strains potentially capable of degrading organic matter as well as fighting other pathogens in built environments.

The final stage of the project involves producing the selected candidates on a pre-industrial scale to validate their viability and effectiveness for commercial production by GLP.

LIST and the LCSB were decisive factors in the company’s choice to locate in Luxembourg. Both are able to study the impact of such products on the environment.

Biotechs are at the centre of the national economic diversification policy. Case in point: the Luxembourg HealthTech Cluster, managed by Luxinnovation, brings together national players involved in innovative health technologies. The HealthTech Cluster supports the development of sustainable and trusted services and products aimed for the European healthcare market in fields including digital health, medical devices and software.

Probiotic Group signed a three-year contract with LIST and LCSB

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Blockchain: Luxembourg to create a wallet for digital diplomas

EBSILUX.

The technology will increase transparency and trust between schools, universities, students and employers. It will also fight the impact of fake degrees on educators.

Using blockchain to develop cross-border services will allow public administrations to check information, and improve their trustworthiness.

Luxembourg’s Ministry for Digitalisation, Infrachain, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have partnered to develop the EBSILUX Project.

A broader use of Blockchain based cross-border services in Europe

Luxembourg has put student mobility, multilingualism and international cooperation high on its agenda. In such conditions, developing an interoperable and cross-border solution is essential for the country. Digital diplomas address widespread concerns about the lack of ease and “digital literacy” of users, as they are generally delivered to a young and educated part of Luxembourg’s residents. The EBSILUX project will create a wallet for digital diplomas.

Benefits of such a wallet are manifold. First, such an interoperable, cross-border solution will encourage the use of academic certificate records in Luxembourg to provide transparency and trust between schools/universities, students and employers. The solution will make the most of digital identity, distributed ledger and mechanism for digital verifiable credentials/presentations.

It will also strengthen reputation of schools and universities by eliminating the risk of falsified diplomas.

As for student mobility, certified academic credentials can be available and shared anytime anywhere. Such a solution saves a lot of time when it comes to accessing these credentials.

Finally, employers can instantly check the validity of diplomas of their job candidates, leading to a faster recruitment procedure.

What the Diplomas use case supports

Requesting a credential for a given digital identity

Authenticating public entities via digital signature

Storing the credential privately using a self-sovereign wallet

Presenting the credential as a digital verifiable presentations with digital signature

Recording the transaction of presentation on the distributed ledger

The EBSILUX project is integrating Luxembourg into the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI) and implementing a European EBSI use case at national level.

With EBSILUX, public and private sector work together as a community to push the adoption curve of blockchain and make blockchain operational in Europe

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Meet Luxembourg digital twin

What’s a digital twin for? How such a project further supports Luxembourg in being a hub of excellence in terms of digital development? Researchers from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in close cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic…

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Meet Luxembourg digital twin

Digital Twin.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of physical systems, e.g. traffic, water or air, and physical assets like buildings or resources, that can make simulations, tests and predictions of planned actions in near real-time.

What’s a digital twin for? How such a project further supports Luxembourg in being a hub of excellence in terms of digital development?

Researchers from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in close cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) are working on a digital twin of Luxembourg. This digital replica is set to be the world’s first-ever nationwide platform.

Such an innovation would propel Luxembourg to becoming a centre of excellence in digital development, making it even more attractive to international industrial companies willing to introduce their products and services to the European market and to academic players looking for a digital-friendly environment to develop research and innovation.

A digital twin to build a more resilient society

Digital twins have become important tools for improving our understanding of complex systems and helping us make informed decisions.

While digital replicas are commonly used to represent a car, a tunnel or an entire factory, Luxembourg researchers are building a nation twin.

This digital replica would be a virtual representation of physical systems and physical assets in Luxembourg that can make simulations, tests and predictions of planned actions almost in real time.

Luxembourg digital doppelgänger will help to build a more resilient society that can bring better understanding of the country and predict how it will behave during future crises.

An innovative solution to respond to crises

Luxembourg’s digital twin is proving to be a useful tool for managing health or environmental crisis situations.

During the pandemic, researchers set up a visualisation board as a “window” on the digital twin to help manage the crisis. Basically, they used it to visualise the impact of policy decisions – closing schools, reopening restaurants, keeping borders open, etc. – on the expected number of infections and hospitalisations as well as on different socio-economic variables.

The digital replica also spans other issues, including energy. In this case the solution finds its way into how to make the grid safer and more resilient.

A major challenge is to develop analytical methods that can handle the huge amount of data involved. As such, explainable and reliable AI would be helpful.

NATIONTWIN (Responsible AI for a NATION-wide and privacy preserving Digital TWIN) is supported by the FNR’s INITIATE programme.

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Research X Construction to give bot situational awareness skills

Giving bot new navigation capabilities.

Luxembourg Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and construction company Stugalux have entered a three-year research partnership focusing on advancing navigation capabilities of mobile robots for 3D information collection on construction sites.

New SnT project, conducted in cooperation with Luxembourg-based construction company Stugalux, will provide the robotic dog with the ability to navigate autonomously in the construction site without prior site detection solely based on digital models.

The three-year project will add a new advanced situational awareness skill to the robot. This new capability will help the robot to understand Stugalux’s digital building plans and to navigate the construction site by relying solely on measurements from on-board sensors

Artificial intelligence dedicated to robot dog training

The project seeks to build an artificial intelligence that allows the robot to move autonomously around a construction site to supervise the construction process.

Autonomous mobility means that the bot will no longer be remotely operated by a human agent nor will it need to perform and record the walking task beforehand.

Such intelligence means that the robot will be able to read the digital plans of a construction site. It will also understand where it is and move autonomously to acquire the data needed for the project. To continue to navigate as the environment changes, the bot will have to learn continuously from its environment.

Making robot dog more accessible

The research partnership also aims to enable construction staff to use the robot and the data capture process. As such, the technology won’t be available solely to robotics experts. This means that the robot will be more accessible to the property development sector, as it will not require specialist knowledge. By the end of the project, the robot should save time in the construction sector, thus reducing project costs.

Meet the research team

Eduardo Schmidt

Doctoral Reseacher, SnT

Hriday Bavle

 Research Associate, SnT

Jose Luis Sanchez Lopez

Research Scientist

 Prof. Holger Voos

Head of the Automation and Robotics research group.

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France-Luxembourg space cooperation to focus on exploration and resources

Quadripartite agreement.

French government space agency CNES, the Luxembourg Space Agency, the European Space Resources Innovation Centre and Air Liquide confirmed their commitment to work together on developing research and technology activities. In the months ahead, the four partners will be collaborating on research projects encompassing space exploration and in situ resource utilisation.

A first workshop between French government space agency CNES and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) identified joint initiatives aiming in particular to address the challenges and opportunities arising out of developments in space exploration. At the same time, LSA, the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) and Air Liquide, drawing on a 50-year heritage of handling gases in space, engaged discussions with a view to collaborating on production and use of gases produced from in situ space resources.

Developing the space ecosystem

Multilateral discussions subsequently confirmed a shared interest in working together in areas such as in situ production and storage of oxygen and hydrogen, production and storage of hydrogen energy in space and on the lunar surface, technologies for life support, and the refueling of satellites and launchers in orbit.

ESRIC is a young initiative like no other in Europe, powered by LSA and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), with ESA as a strategic partner. We believe this new collaboration between France and Luxembourg will be instrumental in developing our centre and we’re delighted to be working with players like CNES and Air Liquide.”

Mathias Link, ad-interim Director of ESRIC

CNES, LSA, ESRIC and Air Liquide are in discussions to form within the 2022 timeframe joint teams to work on concrete research projects aimed at developing key technologies for in situ production and utilisation of gases required to make space exploration more viable in the long term.

These discussions come under the scope of the framework agreement signed between CNES and Luxembourg in 2009 that identifies a range of areas for cooperation including remote sensing, support for development of microsatellites by Luxembourg, innovative satellite technologies for telecommunications, materials analysis and expertise, and maritime safety.

Luxembourg, a space power

Luxembourg is a founding member of the Artemis Accords. As such the country plays central role in achieving a sustainable and robust presence on the Moon later this decade while preparing to conduct a historic human mission to Mars. These accords strengthen and put into effect the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

The country is also home to the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC), a joint initiative of the Luxembourg Space Agency and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology with the European Space Agency as a strategic partner.

In 2017, Luxembourg took over as the first European country to provide a legal framework for Luxembourg-based companies to exploit space resources. This was further supported by legislation passed by the Luxembourg Parliament in December 2020.

Space-related research is part of the key research priorities, i.e. Industrial and Service Transformation. The University of Luxembourg and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) focus on autonomous vehicles, robotics, space communications and system critical software, while LIST concentrates on material sciences, biological sciences, and Earth observing.

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How satellite tech can power our new 5G world?

Satellite tech and 5 G.

Luxembourg Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), in cooperation with leader in global content connectivity solutions SES, is exploring how satellite technology can help enable our new 5G world — and how satellites can do even more to advance 5G capabilities.

New SnT project, conducted in cooperation with leader in global content connectivity solutions SES, envisions a fundamental shift in the emerging 5G wireless system towards closer integration with satellite systems.

Advancing data networks

Integrating satellite and terrestrial systems is crucial as truly global next-generation networks require an ecosystem of multiple communication infrastructures to be inclusive, ubiquitous and affordable. Satellite proved to be an ideal enabler of the next-generation networks thanks to its wide coverage, ability to deliver to moving platforms, and simultaneity. It will allow a broad range of next-generation connectivity scenarios, even in remote areas, for crucial applications in mobile backhauling, aero and maritime connectivity, emergency response, telemedicine, and much more. 

Connecting 5G to the satellite communications network will also contribute to guaranteeing that increasingly important technologies like the Internet of Things are as reliable as possible.

Building bridges between industry and research

Project INSTRUCT, which stands for INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions, is an industry-led research partnership between SES and the SnT.

This project seeks to strengthen the links between the academic and industrial worlds. Building on ten years of collaborative research experience, INSTRUCT will initiate a long-term structured research programme between SnT and SES. Additionally, it will interconnect and expand the validation facilities of the joint laboratories available at SnT and SES.

Overall, INSTRUCT project will provide significant innovations in the area of High Performance Networks. It will also promote Luxembourg’s vision of being a global hub of space and satellite services.

In total, INSTRUCT includes 17 research projects.

“Each of the seventeen projects is being pursued by a team made up of an academic supervisor from SnT, an industry supervisor from SES, and either a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher.”


Prof. Dr. Symeon CHATZINOTAS
 Full Professor / Chief Scientist I and Co-Head of SIGCOM

SnT, University of Luxembourg

The project is supported by the Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) programme from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

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XAI: Understanding how machines make decisions

XAI: Explainable artificial intelligence.

As artificial intelligence (AI) moves into our economy and our lives, we need to understand how computers make decisions. A team of Luxembourg researchers are working on making artificial intelligence understandable, known as explainable artificial intelligence (XAI).

Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) from the University of Luxembourg are developing AI algorithms based on XAI principles. The objective? To make sure that we are aware and in full control of the decisions made by AI.

Explainable artificial intelligence to gain momentum

Machine learning is becoming increasingly important. While such algorithms can give virtually perfect accuracy, the decision-making process remains elusive. With the acceleration of AI regulation and increased user awareness, explainability has emerged as a priority. 

From a regulatory standpoint, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) includes the right to explanation, whereby an individual can request explanations on the workings of an algorithmic decision produced based on their data.

Additionally, users’ distrust, due to their lack of understanding of the algorithms, may lead to a reluctance to apply complex machine learning techniques. Explainability may come at the expense of accuracy. When faced with a trade-off between explainability and accuracy, industry players may, for regulatory reasons, have to use less accurate models for production systems.

Finally, without explanations, business experts produce justifications for model behaviour on their own. Such a situation is likely to lead to a plurality of explanations, as they conceive contradictory ideas.

Explainability aims to respond to the opacity of the model and its output while maintaining the performance. It gives machine learning models the ability to explain or to present their behaviours in understandable terms to humans.

A human should understand how the software came to a decision

Integrating explainability in production is a crucial yet complex task that the TruX research group at SnT is exploring. As such, the research team is looking to develop AI algorithms following XAI principles to provide solutions to banking processes, in particular.

“State-of-the-art frameworks have now outmatched human accuracy in complex pattern recognition tasks. Many accurate Machine Learning models are black boxes as their reasoning is not interpretable by users. This trade-off between accuracy and explainability is a great challenge when critical operations must be based on a justifiable reasoning.”


Prof. Jacques Klein, Chief Scientist (Associate Prof.)
Head of the TruX Research Group
SnT, University of Luxembourg

Professor Klein’s research team is collaborating with a private bank on building explainability for financial machine learning algorithms. The overall objective is for a human to understand how the software made a decision.

Read open access research paper Challenges Towards Production-Ready Explainable Machine Learning

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Luxembourg lunar robotics to help create permanent base on the moon

Asteroid Day 2021.

Yearly global event Asteroid Day is taking place on 30 June 2021. In Luxembourg, Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez who heads the SpaceR Research Group, the LunaLab, and the Zero-Gravity Lab at the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) is releasing a special video tour of the LunaLab.

On Asteroid Day, the Space Robotics Research Group (SpaceR) is giving a tour of LunaLab facility. The research group’s lunar robotics work could help create a permanent base on the moon by identifying the water-ice and minerals needed to build structures, sustain life, and manufacture rocket fuel locally at the new moon base.

The lunar base will serve as a much better launching point for future missions, as well as a new base for asteroid monitoring and observation. Once the base has been built, the work developing algorithms for lunar robots will go on to support further research and exploration of asteroids.

Robots to explore unreachable places for humans

Robotics is a disruptive technology that is making a lot more possible in space. Going forward, space exploration will involve some people, but it will likely involve a whole lot more robots.

In the future, there will be massive networks of smart robots and sophisticated communications systems. This is partly because keeping people alive and employed in space is expensive. Robots and their development are still much more affordable than astronauts. As such, robots can get work done without using up the limited resources available in an environment like the moon. Similarly, advancements in technologies like artificial intelligence can make robots smart enough to interpret and respond to these environments. This means that robots can explore places where we have limited information or poor access and expect them to perform their missions reasonably well with minimal investment and no risk to human life.

“With robots, we’ll be able to accomplish a lot more with a lot less — and we’ll be able to go to places that are completely inaccessible for people.”

Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez

Robots to become our interface with the cosmos

Asteroids are among the least accessible bodies in the solar system. Yet they are rich in resources that will be required to build other space projects. Ultimately, robots will be able to reach them and extract these resources.

Diverting asteroids from a collision path with Earth or mining asteroids for minerals will mean counting on small autonomous or semi-autonomous robots to get close to the asteroid.

“Robots, and especially autonomous robots, are going to become our interface with the cosmos. So my team is working on making sure that our robots are smart enough to live up to the task.”

Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez

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Luxembourg research project to address 5G privacy and security issues

Towards secured 5G vehicular networks.

As the amount of 5G implementations increase, the need for security will become even more critical. Research project 5G-INSIGHT conducted by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technolgy (LIST) aims to provide advanced security mechanisms to detect and mitigate slicing attacks for 5G and beyond vehicular networks with special focus on the France-Luxembourg cross-border area.

5G is emerging and is to serve as a platform to support networking connections for sensors and vehicles on roads and provide vehicle-to-everything services, in particular. These advances for tomorrow’s connected mobility are highly dependent on the deployment of 5G technologies along with new service-oriented architectures enable through network slicing. Yet, the 5G infrastructure is still limited in Luxembourg and France. Indeed, most of it relies on a non-standalone architecture, which means that a large part of the network is still based on 4G.

Detecting and mitigating threats

With 5G comes new service-oriented architectures, made possible by so-called “network slicing”. This allows multiple virtualised networks to be created on a physical 5G infrastructure, each of which responds to a specific use case and therefore has its own capabilities.

The benefit is to provide a more personalised network service that adapts to the needs of connected applications, which may have different latency, throughput, scalability or even network resource allocation needs. While the deployment and adoption of such technologies is not fully deployed, many questions and challenges are emerging regarding data security and privacy.

There are indeed still many gaps in this area. Recent advances in data-driven network planning, design and security have the potential to provide new solutions.

“5G is being deployed everywhere, but there are still many aspects that still need to be developed, and of course when you develop new functionalities and technologies, security and privacy insurance needs to develop too.”

Sébastien Faye

Research project 5G-INSIGHT looks at the specific use of vehicle-to-everything communications, and securing them when 5G is used to communicate. This implies complex and distributed network architectures, on top of which virtual networks can be implemented.

LIST researchers will generate realistic datasets on vehicular-slicing attacks to develop reliable prediction models. The research group will use its expertise to provide privacy-preserving defence and mitigation mechanisms based on the blockchain and deception security model.

Research project 5G-INSIGHT

5G-INSIGHT will not only contribute to the current state of the art on cross-border 5G vehicular networks and network slicing, but also to the creation of synergies with other national, European, and cross-border 5G projects.

The platform will also be linked as much as possible with other ongoing 5G initiatives. The idea is to create a seamless picture on network planning solutions – considering here the security and privacy aspects. Finally, the development of a proof of concept will demonstrate the ability of 5G-INSIGHT solutions to alleviate security threats, network vulnerabilities and attack risks in a virtualised cross-border environment.

5G-INSIGHT is a cross-border project, jointly funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The three-year project involves five different partners, including three universities in France, and two entities in Luxembourg, namely the University of Luxembourg and LIST.

Excerpts from ENSURING 5G SECURITY FOR CROSS-BORDER VEHICLES

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