KU Leuven has a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The university’s basic research orientation has always been and remains fundamental research, while being open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as the community’s needs and expectations.
KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 466.55 million in 2016), and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 14th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university.
The DistriNet reseach group of KU Leuven contributes in its security analytics and (adversarial) machine learning expertise in the area of behavioural authentication and security incident analysis, as well as its knowledge on the secure software development life-cycle. Given its know-how, KU Leuven also leads on security intelligence. KU Leuven contributes to strategic roadmaps with a particular focus on incident reporting as the industrial challenge. Additionally KU Leuven participates in education and training targeting both academic and professional audiences, thereby contributing to dissemination, for example, through the SecAppDev event (https://www.secappdev.org). It collaborates on the spreading of excellence, not only through dissemination of research results in top security conferences and journals, but also through the organization of international security events.