DistriNet – KU Leuven – iMinds

DistriNet research group

imec-DistriNet-KU Leuven is an international research group with extensive expertise in secure and distributed software – obviously including middleware. Research on software engineering techniques is performed in both domains on a wide range of topics such as middleware for cloud computing, internet architectures, network and software security, embedded systems and multi-agent systems. Embedded in the department of Computer Science of the KU Leuven, DistriNet has a headcount of over 80 researchers of which 10 professors and 20 senior researchers. DistriNet is part of imec.

DistriNet has a tradition of application driven research often in close collaboration with industry partners. Currently DistriNet is actively involved in about 35 national and international research projects, ranging from fundamental over strategic-basic to applied research. More information on projects and publications can be found at the DistriNet web pages: https://distrinet.cs.kuleuven.be.

The know-how of DistriNet is at the basis of Ubizen, a spin-off company specialized in secure e-business and related security services (now part of Verizon). A second DistriNet spin-off company is Qmedit, which focuses on the development of medical workflow software (now part of Agfa). DistriNet has built up a unique expertise in security middleware and cloud computing, necessary to tackle the challenges present in this project.

Role in the project

Within the DiSSeCt project, DistriNet will lead the overall architecture of the platform in collaboration with IBCN. They will lead the tasks in WP1 focusing on defining the high-level design of the architecture and making concrete and unambiguous architectural decisions in order to support the development of the reference implementation. These tasks will guide the research activities in WP2, WP3, and WP4, with a first milestone of the basic architecture focusing on scalability, and a second milestone focusing on security requirements.

The main research topics that DistriNet will investigate include (1) different tactics to be incepted in the architecture to scale out its workflow engine over a large distributed, possibly federated network of nodes and even networks of data centers, and (2) work-flow based access control where rule-based security yielding preconditions and post conditions control who can access what or execute which step in the workflow.



wouterJoosen Prof. Dr. Ir. Wouter Joosen is full professor in distributed software systems at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven, Belgium. He obtained a PhD degree from KU Leuven in 1996. He has also co-founded spin-off companies of KU Leuven: Luciad, a company specializing in software components for Geographical Information Systems, and Ubizen (now part of Verizon Business Solutions), where he has been the CTO from 1996 till 2000, and COO from 2000 till 2002. His current research interests are in distributed systems and cloud computing, focusing on software architecture and adaptive middleware, as well as in security aspects of software.
yolandeBerbers Prof. Dr. Ir. Yolande Berbers is a member of the research group DistriNet of the department of computer science of the KU Leuven. She leads a task force of 10 researchers. Her research interests include software engineering for embedded software, ubiquitous computing, context-aware and adaptive systems, service architectures, middleware, component-oriented software development, and distributed systems. She is currently vice-dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Leuven. She has been program director for the degrees of bachelor and master in engineering: computer science for 9 years. She is mainstreaming promotor for the Faculty of Engineering.
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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor davy preuveneers Dr. Ir. Davy Preuveneers is a research expert at the University of Leuven-KU Leuven in the iMinds-DistriNet research group. He obtained a PhD degree from KU Leuven in 2009. His research interests are in the field of scalable distributed systems and event-based middleware, federated identity and access management, privacy, context-driven services, semantic modeling and reasoning, intelligent environments and mobile applications. He leads a team of researchers and projects on these topics with a particular focus on applications in the area of the Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, media and e-health.
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photoMajid Majid Makki is a PhD student in the iMinds-DistriNet research group of at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven. He has obtained his Bachelor of Computer Engineering (Software) from Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran) and his Master of Computer Science from University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada). His research interest lies at the intersection between workflow management systems and cloud computing paradigm. More specifically, he is doing research on design, implementation and testing methods for better management of business processes for the cloud age.
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