KU Leuven is the largest Belgian academic institution and one of the oldest European universities. In 2008, the research expenditure of the University reached the level of 330 million euro and KU Leuven researchers published 4.047 publications in international peer-reviewed academic and scientific journals. KU Leuven is also a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of twenty European research-intensive universities committed to the values of high-quality education in an internationally competitive research environment. More than 200 KU Leuven researchers are permanently working on information and communications technology related issues. They belong to different university departments with a strong tradition in multidisciplinary research on information and communications technology issues. iMinds is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government. The iMinds team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It joins various forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects. iMinds‘ research organization is structured in 5 research departments, each with a special focus: Digital Society Department, Future Health Department, Future Internet Department, Future Media & Imaging Department, Security Department. They are spread over several universities in Flanders. ICRI and COSIC are part of the iMinds Security Department.
- KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching of the highest quality. KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI is also among the founding members of The LEUVEN Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and iMinds. KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI‘s current staff counts 2 full time professors, 4 full time postdoctoral researchers, 22 fulltime doctoral and legal researchers, 2 full time administrative assistants and 8 affiliated researchers. KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI is committed to contribute to a better and more efficient regulatory and policy framework for information & communication technologies (ICTs). By conducting groundbreaking legal research in a spirit of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI aspires to a place among the centres of excellence in the area of law & ICT in Europe and beyond. KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI has carried out several studies and consultancy assignments with a strong tradition in multidisciplinary research on information and communications technology issues.
- KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC
The Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was founded in 1978. The KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC team currently has around 50 researchers including 5 professors, 15 postdoctoral researchers, 25 researchers, 5 visitors and 5 support staff. The research work of KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC covers a broad span that varies from mathematical foundations and cryptology over development of security algorithms, protocols, network and computer systems towards efficient and secure implementations in hardware and software. The strength of KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC lies in bringing together researchers with diverse backgrounds, such as mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering. This broad basis helps KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC to adopt an integrated approach to problem solving and has led to important successes, such the selection of the Rijndael algorithm as the US Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a worldwide standard today. One of the main objectives of KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC is to bridge the gap between fundamental research in cryptology and the future security and privacy needs of citizens, industry and government. The research at KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC finds use in a broad range of application domains, such as cloud, Internet of Things, electronic payments, mobile and wireless communications, identity cards, e-voting, protection of e-documents, intelligent home appliances, telematics for the automobile industry and trusted systems. KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC has participated in nearly 40 European research projects (about 10 under FP6 and 7 under FP7) through which it gained thorough experience in privacy-enhancing technologies, identity management, and design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, protocols and architectures. In five of these projects KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC acted as the coordinator: (NESSIE); (STORK); MODINIS, ECRYPT and ECRYPT II.
- KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI
- Role in the project:
- KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI role in WITDOM: KU Leuven-iMinds-ICRI will be responsible for the legal research in order to provide the consortium with a clear indication about the impact of existing and upcomming legal provisions (e.g. data protection and privacy, security) on the project. We will lead WP 6 Legal Requirements and Assessment.
- KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC role in WITDOM: KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC will take part in the technical work packages contributing to the development of technologies for privacy protection. In particular, it will examine different techniques for achieving quantifiable and privacy guarantees in the context of WITDOM use cases, taking into account the necessity to empower users with meaningful choices when it comes to the protection of their privacy. KU Leuven-iMinds-COSIC will lead the task on standardization.
- Contact point:
- Address: Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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