icity Lab Talks: digital research solutions

The current data economy pushes companies to increase the intangible asset portion of their balance sheets, but this requires more digital innovation than ever before, with the high-risk level typically associated with it. An effective way for companies to de-risk digital innovation is collaboration with universities, from consultancy to structured consortia for subsidized innovation projects.

However, finding the right lab with the specific R&D expertise required is no easy task. This is why icity.brussels(*) launches a series of webinars dedicated to the ULB and VUB research units active in the digital domains, to highlight the value they can bring to you through their knowledge, services, technology and skills.

These webinars will be organized around three main topics:

DAY 1  |  The Digital Process – Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

DAY 2  |  The Digital Value Chain – Boosting digital innovation in Cybersecurity, Information Systems and Industry 4.0

DAY 3  |  Smart Living and Life Balance – Human-focused digital innovation: Smart City, Mobility, Sustainability, e-Health and Well-Being.

(*) icity.brussels is an initiative from ULB, VUB and SIRRIS to boost digital innovation for companies, funded by the ERDF and the Brussels Region

Day #2 – 9 June 2022

The Digital Value Chain – Boosting digital innovation in Cybersecurity, Information systems and Industry 4.0



Earlybird Registration Now Open

Register now for free for Day#2 of the icity Lab Talks (9 June 2022) dedicated to the Digital Value Chain through our partner website Insightz.io.



Please find below a preliminary schedule of the event. More updates coming soon.

BUDA (VUB) The Business Development Academy – Geoffrey Aerts & Hassan Haddouchi

The lab

The VUB Business Development Academy (BUDA) specializes in guiding scientists, research groups, university spin-offs and start-up companies during their business development activities.

Its services include online training, market research, customizable workshops, R&D proposal preparation, knowledge sharing and networking.

Cybersecurity Research Center (ULB) - Jean-Michel Dricot

The lab

The ULB Cybersecurity Research Center was founded in 2017 and is a federation of 4 well-established research groups in the domains of cryptography, network security, quantum cryptography, and quantum transmission. Each group has a strong international experience and collaborations with the industry.

The Center members created in 2015 the first Belgian Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Research is organised in 4 different teams. Each team has a different research focus in the area of cybersecurity:

  • QualSec – Quality and Security of Information Systems
  • OPERA – Network Security
  • QUIC – Quantum Information Research Center
  • LIC – Laboratoire d’Information Quantique

The ULB Cybersecurity Research Center focuses on the protection of digital transmissions. The groups develop advanced cybersecurity solutions to protect the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop the future quantum transmission techniques.

The speaker

Jean-Michel Dricot leads research in cybersecurity for mobile and wireless networks, with a specific focus on the IoT (Internet of Things). He teaches and conducts researchs in communication networks, mobile networks, internet of things, and network security.

Prior to his tenure at the ULB, Jean-Michel Dricot obtained a PhD with a focus on wireless sensor networks and joined France Telecom R&D in Grenoble, France. He is author or co-author of more than 100+ papers published in peer-reviewed international Journals and Conferences and a frequent reviewer for Europe projects.

In 2016 he co-funded the Belgian Master of Sciences in Cybersecurity and in 2017 the ULB cybersecurity Research Center, grouping 11 academics and 25 researchers.

OPERA WCG (ULB) - Guillaume Treille De Grandsaigne - ULB’s Wireless Communications Group

The lab

OPERA-Wireless Communication Group activities focus on new technological solutions for emerging wireless communications systems. Its research aims at characterizing and modeling the communication channel, developing new coding and modulation techniques adapted to the channel characteristics, and defining innovative network architectures.

The wireless communications group owns expertise in three complementary domains : (i) the propagation channel characterization and modeling ; (ii) the signal processing for digital communications ; (iii) the network architectures. The strategic vision of the group is focused on the development of a unified research team able to tackle cross-layer telecommunication challenges ranging from the physics of propagation to the network architecture, passing through signal processing. The group participates actively to applied projects, in the fields of logistics, localization and radar processing. 

The presentation 

The presentation will put in light different wireless communications projects the group is currently working on. The main part of it will handle their crowd monitoring technology, currently in use in various places in Brussels. Others projects with radars, or such as the stochastic geometry modelling of public exposure to EMF will also be introduced.

The speaker

Guillaume Treille De Grandsaigne

QUALSEC (ULB) - Olivier Markowitch

The lab

The QualSec cryptography and computer security group (formerly known as the Service de Cryptographie et Sécurité Informatique – SCSI) is a research lab of the Computer Sciences Department of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

The researches undertaken in the lab are dedicated to the design and analysis of cryptographic protocols and to the cryptanalysis of cryptographic devices.

In addition to their researches, the members of the QualSec cryptography and computer security group are involved in many teaching activities within the university as well as in consulting and training missions for the industry.

SaaS (ULB) - Emanuele Garonne

The lab

SaaS (Service d’Automatique et d’Analyse des Systèmes) is the  Department of Control Engineering and System Analysis (School of Engineering) of ULB.

The research activities of the SAAS group cover modelling, supervision and control of dynamic systems with a wide range of applications, from aeronautics (drones, more electric aircraft) to energy systems (wind turbines, lithium-ion batteries), robotics and precision agriculture notably.

The supervision of technical systems, also called fault detection and isolation, consists in detecting and localizing degradations at an early stage, to be able to plan maintenance operations in due time. Model-based and data-driven approaches are developed and suitably combined to reach appropriate performance for each application.

The research in the field of control aims at achieving high performance closed-loop control at low computational cost while enforcing operating constraints. It also includes distributed control of multi-agent systems.

SOS (ULB) - Bernard Fortz - "Scheduling, Optimisation and Security"

The presentation

The talk will present the newly created “Scheduling, Optimisation and Security” lab of the ULB. In particular, we will present the current research directions in the scheduling and optimisation and their applications in telecommunications, energy, critical embedded systems and Industry 4.0.

The speaker

Bernard Fortz

WISE (VUB) - Beat Signer "Cross-Media Technologies and Applications"

The lab

The Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Lab is a research unit of the Department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is headed by Dr. Beat Signer. The activities of WISE concentrate on innovative information systems such as next generation web applications, context-aware applications and cross-media information spaces.

The WISE lab further investigates human-computer interaction aspects for those systems, such as interactive paper and cross-media solutions, data physicalisation, tangible holograms as well as multimodal and multi-touch interaction.

The presentation

In this talk, Beat Signer will first provide an overview of the lab's research on a general data-driven approach for cross-media information system and architectures based on the resource-selector-link (RSL) hypermedia metamodel. We will then have a look at several cross-media applications for personal information management and next-generation presentation solutions (MindXpres). Finally, he will outline the lab's most recent research on tangible interaction and dynamic data physicalisation.

The speaker

Dr. Beat Signer


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Day#1 – March 10, 2022

Focus on Artificial  Intelligence and  Internet of Things

Day#2 – June 9, 2022

Boosting Innovation in Cybersecurity, Information Systems and Industry 4.0


Day#3 – Sept 15, 2022

Human-focused  digital innovation:

Smart City,  Mobility, Sustainability,
e-Health and