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SBA-K1 (FP1)

SBA Research - K1 (FP1)

In our increasingly connected world – where almost all aspects of daily life depend on reliable and secure information infrastructures – security and privacy are essential for a sustainable society. At the same time, recent attacks on such infrastructures have shown the necessity to develop and maintain expertise on a national level. SBA provides research in areas which we deem especially important to Austria’s economy and society. It further allows us to have a global impact in the scientific research community.

SBA-K1’s research agenda in FP1 was and is highly focused and covers the following areas:

  • Area 1: Networked Systems Security
  • Area 2: Software Security
  • Area 3: Privacy and Secure Societies
  • Area 4: Applied Discrete Mathematics for Information Security

During the last three years, we have established a world-leading research group in mathematical methods for testing, reliability and information security (Area 4); we furthermore established the leading Austrian research group in security of distributed ledger technologies, spanning several research projects, and we constituted a solid IoT/CPS research group, also active in various ongoing projects.

Building on existing expertise in terms of machine learning at both SBA Research and TU Wien, we are currently establishing a research group for machine learning, with a stellar record of 80% female researchers. These synergetic activities with TU Wien profit intensely from the current COMET program, and their promising development heavily influences the structure for the upcoming research period from 2021 to 2025.

With SBA-K1 we built a strong consortium, covering 7 national and 2 international scientific partners, as well as 46 company partners, such as Thales, KTM, Frequentis, Raiffeisen Bank International and many innovative SMEs. Moreover, we cooperate with 19 associated partners, such as the TU Darmstadt/CRISP in Germany, INRIA in France, NII in Japan and NIST in the United States.


SBA-K1 is funded by the national initiative for COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies.