Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen

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The security and privacy research group belongs to the applied computer science department at the Howest, University college West Flanders. Howest has a long history of knowledge collaboration with both large international corporations as local SME’s. Research projects are either demand driven or in close collaboration with the industry. Small in size, but not in numbers, Howest University of Applied sciences has – in its function as lever to the working field – already gathered over 100 million EUR of innovative means (European, federal, Flemish) for implementation-oriented research in function of innovation projects on demand of and for the working field. While being a small knowledge institution this young and dynamic research group is active in four domains, namely security, artificial intelligence, blockchain and innovative web platforms. One of the main objectives of this research group today is to bridge the gap between the cutting-edge fundamental research in each of these domains and concrete applications that answer the needs and demands from enterprises both large and small and in government. This close collaboration with end-users and companies, combined with a team of researchers with diverse backgrounds, such as mathematics, computer sciences and engineering technologies is the real strength of this research group. This approach has resulted in multiple regional, federal and European projects as well as numerous bilateral projects with companies.

Kurt Callewaert