At the heart of the Luxembourg IoT Security and Privacy community

Published on 25/10/2018

In the context of the Cybersecurity week 2018, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) participated in the Internet of Things (IoT) Security and Privacy Day on October 19th, 2018 organized by Excellium S.A. in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

The Cybersecurity Week Luxembourg featured the Luxembourg Cybersecurity Ecosystem. It aimed to promote cybersecurity among citizens, corporate and SMEs. Unlike a forum, this label is used to aggregate and boost the various events that took place in the Grand-Duchy in the frame of the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM). Thierry Grandjean,  Bowen Liu and Christophe Feltus were LIST's representatives and they presented to the audience what LIST is doing in this field.


LIST works with a team of researchers who are specifically dealing with the design, the security and the optimisation of service systems and targets some research topics. One of them is security, privacy and resilient critical infrastructures: in this frame, they work on different tools and solutions with a focus on data privacy and security, cyber security and information security management. LIST is currently running research projects that are supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). Two of them are:

  • Smart Waste Collection Systems (SWAM):  the ongoing project SWAM is a collaboration between LIST and industry partner, Polygone S.à.r.l. SWAM aims to propose and validate a novel SWC platform relying on multiobjective optimisation processes, in order to combine business, customer, and operational criteria – including data generated by new fill-level sensor technologies integrated into waste bins and vehicle positioning sensors.
  • Postquantum Remote Device Authentication and Data Analysis Protocols for IoT (CATALYST): the topic of CATALYST ongoing project is about designing postquantum secure authentication protocols for IoT devices, and designing privacy-preserving protocols to share the data generated by IoT devices. This project aims at combining the expertise from both sides to advance the science and technology in IoT security and privacy.

SWAM is part of the BRIDGES programme that provides financial support for industry partnerships between public research institutions in Luxembourg and national or international companies. CATALYST is part of the FNR AFR bilateral Singapore programme.

LIST is also currently working on the thematic security privacy for the IoTs. More information will be shared soon. In the near future, LIST researchers will work on supporting the IoT services providers in the assessment and the monitoring of the IoT service ecosystem security and privacy with specific characteristics.

LIST at the IoT Security and Privacy Day

In order to provide a better understanding of the IoT developments as well as the major challenges of these technologies, Excellium proposed a day dedicated to this topic. The event addressed technical issues from an academic point of view but also through various industrial perspectives, such as securing applications, security and mobility, GDPR, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Autonomous Vehicle, etc. Thierry Grandjean introduced SWAM project, followed by Bowen Liu who presented the CATALYST project. The audience was very interested in the presented projects. After the speech, some of the participants asked LIST researchers about their implementation, as well as the projects prospects, and demonstrated the willingness to continue to communicate with the Institute in the future.

As LIST researcher Liu said: “This event was a great opportunity for us to introduce LIST and let everyone better understand our research challenges. At the same time, our presentation focused on some of the projects we are currently working on, creating opportunities for more exchanges and cooperation in the future. In addition, as a new Ph.D. student, this event also gave me a better understanding of state-of-the-art, and better integrated into the IoT security community.”

Grandjean concludes: “As LIST representatives, we had the opportunity to directly meet and communicate with the IoT security community in Luxembourg. The Institute's activities go beyond the presented projects, our team remains available for any further discussion on LIST’s expertise in this field, as well as for further substantive exchanges on collaboration possibilities”.



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