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KU Leuven - LICT: ICT research (HW, SW, user & legal aspects)

Our organisation type is:: University

We are active in the following Technologies: User perspective, Design, Hardware, sensors, actuators, Information technologies, data storage and processing (back end), Interfaces, software (front end), Communication technologies / Tele-systems, Learning & Training, Accessibility

Applications: Health & wellness, Home care, Information and learning, Mobility, Safety, security, privacy, Other

The Leuven Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT, is a thematic, cross‐departmental, multidisciplinary research center that bundles the complementary expertise of (electronic) engineers, computer scientists, sociologists and law experts from the KU Leuven and its association partners who are active in the area of ICT.

The mission of the center consists in “coordinating and promoting top‐level research on the design and application of ICT systems, both hardware and software, in support of industry and society”.

The LICT center currently represents about 80 professors and more than 500 researchers from research groups within multiple faculities and departments (engineering science & technology, social sciences, law, ...) and is organized around 8 research lines:
"Analog, Mixed-Signal & RF building blocks"
    - novel circuit architectures and design techniques
    - device and circuit modelling, CAD methodologies and tools
    - advanced circuit testing
    - MEMS and reconfigurable interface circuits
    - antennas and propagation

"Circuits & Systems for Sensing & Communications "
    - wideband and reconfigurable radio architectures at RF, mm-wave, and THz
    - digital signal processing for wireless, wireline and optical communications, and sensing
    - self-calibration, self-test, and self-organization of systems
    - RF, mm-wave and THz communication, sensing and monitoring systems
    - cross-layer design and modelling of systems for sensor networks, mobile broadband, wireline and optical communication

"Embedded Hardware and Software"
    - higher performance at lower energy consumption & implementation cost
    - non-functional constraints (composability, predictability, flexibility, scalability, reliability, …)
    - incorporation of privacy and authentication
    - processor architectures and novel computing paradigms
    - networked, distributed and cooperative embedded systems
and this in a system-wide approach with global trade-offs

"Distributed Software "
    - adaptive and self-adaptive software
    - cloud computing: Paas, BPaaS, SaaS, data storage.
    - context aware and mobile computing
    - Future Internet services and service oriented architectures

"ICT Security "
    - cryptographic algorithms and protocols
    - secure software and software development
    - efficient and secure (tamper and side-channel resistant) implementations
    - privacy
    - data security and privacy law - cybercrime law

"Multimedia Processing"
    - computer vision
    - natural language processing
    - speech, speaker and dialect recognition
    - information retrieval
    - information/media law

"Human-Computer Interaction"
    - multimodal human-computer interaction (speech, vision, text, tangible and embodied interaction, ...)
    - information visualization and visual analytics
    - persuasive system design & gamification strategies
    - human centered design & user experience evaluation

"Data & Knowledge Science "
    - machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery
    - data and visual analytics
    - declarative languages and knowledge based systems
    - mathematical modelling and optimization
    - constraint satisfaction and optimization


The different research lines come together in cross-technology themes like “Green ICT”, “Big Data” and “Cyber-Physical Systems” and find their application in domains like "Health and Ambient Assisted Living", “Smart Environments”, “Telecommunications”, “Multimedia”, "Learning", "Sports" and “Transport & Logistics”.


Contact details


Greet Bilsen, valorization coordinator
Phone: +32-16-32 55 28


KU Leuven - LICT
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 - bus 2443, 3001 Heverlee