Institution Research Infrastructures
Luxembourg Learning Center
The Luxembourg Learning Centre (LLC) is an open and innovative space intended to support and inspire its users to reach their goals. This innovative infrastructure and the personalised services create a stimulating learning environment oriented towards the digital needs in learning and science.
Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL)
The Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) is an autonomous non-profit institute dedicated to supporting biomedical research for the benefit of patients. It provides biospecimen-related services and biobanking infrastructure for applied medical research. This the collection, processing, analysis and storage of biological samples and associated data.
IBBL is organised within the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).
Transversal Translational Medicine
Transversal Translational Medicine (TTM) at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) aims to enhance and develop translational initiatives in biomedical research and beyond, using the Luxembourgish National Centre for Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s disease (NCER-PD) and ParkinsonNet Luxembourg as a blueprint. TTM fosters bed-to-bench-to-bed collaborations within LIH, inter-institutionally across Luxembourg and internationally, supported by specific platforms and infrastructures bridging between fundamental research and real-world healthcare.
The Data Centre, hosted by the LISER, aims to collect data for scientific studies in order to make them available to researchers, political actors and other partners in society. Thanks to its expertise in survey methodologies and statistics, the Data Centre is a unique actor in Luxembourg for researchers and decision-makers in the development of research projects and actions on the field.
It offers a referenced and trusted platform with tools and services that enables both data producers and data users to easily share, find and access reusable and interoperable data. This is turn addresses the increasing needs of open science while being compliant with security, integrity and privacy of information at stake.
High Performance Computing Meluxina
Luxembourg’s first supercomputer MeluXina will be installed in LuxConnect’s Data Center DC2, which is powered by green energy from Kiowatt, a cogeneration plant fuelled by waste wood. The computing power of MeluXina will be a petascale supercomputer, capable of executing more than 10 Petaflops, 10 million billion calculations per second.
MeluXina will be dedicated to applications in research, personalised medicine and eHealth projects, but also to the needs of companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups. In order to facilitate access to the use of Meluxina’s capabilities, a specific skills centre will guide and support companies with limited skills in this area.
The Luxembourg supercomputer will join the European network of EuroHPC supercomputers, an initiative headquartered in Luxembourg and co-financed by the European Commission and 27 countries, which aims to provide Europe with an ecosystem and a computing infrastructure.
It will be operational by the first quarter of 2021 and ranked among the first 30 of the Top500 supercomputers worldwide.
LunaLab and OrbitLab
The LunaLab is a lunar analogue facility that consists of a close structure of 11×7 meters filled with 20 tons of basalt to try to emulate the surface of the moon. It is equipped with 12 cameras of a motion capture system and 3 IP cameras to register the experiments. The Laboratory is illuminated with a cinema lamp hanging from a ceiling rail that permits to change the amount, the location and direction of the illumination. The purpose of this illumination is to generate a similar illumination to the polar regions of the Moon that is between 3 and 6 degrees. The experiments performed in this Lab are focused on the use of lunar mobile robotic systems and developed algorithms for autonomous navigation, localisation, trajectory planning and control for the rover itself and for other robotics tools, such as a robotic arms or a robotic drilling systems, focusing on activities related to space resources search, detection, localisation, identification, manipulation and transportation.
The OrbitLab (under construciton) is supposed to be used for orbital robotics-oriented research. It will be a 2D zero-gravity facility. It will consist 3×5 meters perfectly flat floor in where different types of platforms with constant air floor will be floating on this surface, emulating a zero-gravity environment on the floor plane and in the rotation axis from bottom to top of the platform.
The experiments to perform in this infrastructure are related to autonomous navigation, target detection, identification, and localisation, grasping and docking with cooperative and non-cooperative systems, among others. This Laboratory will be equipped with a motion capture system that measures the pose (position and orientation) of any object or robot with under millimetre precision. That will provide precise information to validate the algorithms implemented in the Labs.
The University of Luxembourg has a laboratory for indoor flight tests and for other robotics activities, such as ground and space robotics. This lab is equipped with a motion capture system and have a dimension of 5x6x4.5 meters (WxLxH).
The LIST’s Visualisation Wall offers a cutting-edge environment for large-scale interactive data visualisation. It consists of a huge high-resolution display with 50 million pixels to accommodate unprecedented amounts of data using multiple synchronised data visualizations. This 7-metre wall-sized display affords collaborative decision-making for complex analytical tasks.
The VisWall comes with a powerful computer cluster to perform on-the-fly computations triggered by user interactions and provide immediate feedback. Users get an immersive data experience thanks to the numerous ways of interacting with the VisWall, including multi-touch, motion-tracking based on commercial and custom 3D-printed interaction devices for navigation in large data spaces, orchestrated to meet their needs. A wide range of applications involving the exploration and analysis of large and/or complex data sets can be supported.
European Infrastructures (platforms)
(European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine)
EATRIS is a European Infrastructure owned by its member states, of which Luxembourg is one.
Its focus is on translation medicine (bench to bed and back) and it has a patient-centric approach.
EATRIS provides the following process-oriented benefits to all member states: regulatory guidance, training opportunities, industry/academic collaboration and validation of tools and technologies.
(European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine)
ELIXIR is the European research infrastructure for data in life sciences, providing access to data resources, tools and training around research. It has been acknowledged as one of the three most strategically relevant research infrastructures in Europe. Its Luxembourgish Node is hosted at the LCSB.
ELIXIR-LU is dedicated to “give life to biomedical data”, offering long-term sustainability of tools and data for biomedical research. ELIXIR-LU aims to facilitate long-term access by providing an open-access as well as a controlled access data hub for research data and offers tools for scientists in both academia and industry. On the national level, we also support electronic data capture, management, analysis and archiving, including GDPR compliance tools.
(Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)
PRACE, an international non-profit association, seeks to enhance European competitiveness in HPC for the benefit of society by offering persistent world-class HPC services and data management resources for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. Each of the member countries of this association has to select a representative organisation with the aim of helping the development of a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure.
Due to its reputation and national expertise in the HPC and Big Data domains, the University of Luxembourg has received the support from all public research centres in Luxembourg and has been chosen by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR) to represent the country within PRACE.
(Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities)
DARIAH is a large research infrastructure aiming to enhance and support digitally enabled research and teaching across the Arts and Humanities. DARIAH is a network of people, expertise, information, knowledge, content, methods, tools and technologies from its member countries. It develops, maintains and operates an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices and sustains researchers in using them to build, analyse and interpret digital resources. By working with communities of practice, DARIAH brings together individual state-of-the-art digital arts and humanities activities and scales their results to a European level. It preserves, provides access to and disseminates research that stems from these collaborations and ensures that best practices, methodological and technical standards are followed.
Luxembourg is one of the founding members of the DARIAH infrastructure, which currently has 17 member countries.
(The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe)
The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 380,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data which allow insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals.
In Luxembourg, the survey is possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the technical involvement of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
SHARE Luxembourg website