The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute and a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of Energy, Mobility Systems, Low-Emission Transport, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control and Technology Experience. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in the area of Innovation Systems & Policy.
In the context of comprehensive and global networking and digitization, the Center for Digital Safety & Security is developing modern information and communication technologies in order to establish secure and reliable critical infrastructure.
The center focuses on the following key technology areas: Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT), highly secure and highly available software and systems as well as next generation wireless communication (5G), advanced encryption methods (Quantum Safe) for virtual IT systems, data science for new approaches to modern data management (big data, blockchain technologies), as well as latest sensor technologies and systems for the protection of critical infrastructure, command and control systems for use in modern crises and disaster management, as well as property protection within critical infrastructure and digital identity management by state-of-the-art biometrics sensors.
In the field of Data Science, AIT´s research team develops solutions that enable decision making based on large, heterogeneous data sets and real-time data. The methods and tools meet the strictest requirements for information security and data protection. The team is a multidisciplinary group of experienced scientists and technicians from various disciplines – from data analytics, applied mathematics and statistics to information security and the humanities. The experts have an outstanding reputation in the international scientific community, organise international workshops and conferences, contribute significantly to the development of central (security) standards and maintain a lively exchange with various communities through regular meetings.
Overall, the Center for Digital Safety & Security has a recognized position in national and international innovation programs of security research programs and is based on strategic partnerships with key national security actors (BMI and BMLVS), as well as in international industrial initiatives such as ECSO (European Cyber Security Organization), PSCE (Public Safety Communication Europe), EARTO/EUROTECH Security Group (task force of European research organizations in the safety context), ARTEMIS/ECSEL (European technology and research platform in the area of embedded and cyber physical systems), EPoSS (European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration) and euRobotics.