OPEN ENLoCC Network is glad to inform that Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) decided to officially join our family.
LIST is a mission-driven Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) that develops competitive and market-oriented product/service prototypes for public and private stakeholders.
With its 600 employees, 75% of whom are researchers or innovation experts from all around the world, LIST is active in the fields of informatics, materials, environment and space and works across the entire innovation chain: fundamental/applied research, incubation and transfer of technologies.
By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST is about empowerment:
- We empower European citizens in their choices
- We empower public authorities in their decisions
- We empower businesses in their strategies
LIST is organised in three research departments which represent the backbone of our activity as an RTO:
The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.
The IT for Innovative Services (ITIS) department focuses on the digital transformation of operations in organisations with traditional environments and digital ecosystems, with the aim of improving their performance and innovation capacity. The common thread throughout ITIS is to develop the most efficient use of big data to ensure the most appropriate decision-making processes.
Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department, contributes to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT’s activities hinge on four thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, scientific instrumentation and process technology, structural composites, and functional polymers.
- Focus on freight transport and regional contexts
Located in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg provides global companies with many strategic advantages for conducting their business successfully in, from and to Europe. Over the last decade, Luxembourg has continuously improved its positioning as an intercontinental and multimodal logistics hub in Europe for value-added logistics activities (i.e. 3PL and 4PL).
Luxembourg has also implemented a multi-product specialization strategy within its logistics sector by focusing on certain types of products requiring specific handling and/or storage solutions:
- industrial products, whether in steel, glass or plastic
- automotive industry and its first and second tier supppliers
- high-tech and electronics, from semi-conductors to consumer electronics
- pharmaceuticals and healthcare products
- live animals and perishable products (food, plants)
- high valuables such as fine wines, artwork and collectibles
- products distributed via e-commerce.
Luxembourg has state-of-the-art logisitics infrastructures for all modes of transport:
- a leading European freight airport. In 2021, Luxembourg airport was the 5th largest freight airport in Europe in terms of volume.
- a state-of-the-art rail/road terminal. The rail/road terminal benefits from the biggest rail motorway platform in Europe. The rail motorway allows unaccompanied rail transport of tankers or semi-trailer trucks (standard size) over more than 1,000 km between Luxembourg and southern France, linking southwest Europe to western and central Europe.
- an inland river port. The Mertert river port is the only trimodal platform (water/highway/rail) in Luxembourg.
- as well as digital infrastructures and IT monitoring systems implemented for freight storage and transport. Luxembourg is currently testing the introduction of the e-CMR for the international road transport in Benelux.
Aware of the challenge that ICT for mobility of people and goods has presented for Luxembourg and its economy for many years, we have included transport and logistics optimisation among our research priorities. The mobility market is currently faced with a number of challenges, such as the environmental impact of Internal Combustion Engines, increasingly stricter regulation, a growing congestion on the main roads of the Grand-Duchy, and the accelerating progress of technology, which obliges operators to keep up with developments. Our aim is to develop innovative solutions for the sustainable mobility of people and goods within the context of multimodal transport (multimodal routing tools, the sharing of multimodal data, autonomous mobility, etc.).
Other connected competencies
Some research topics/expertises at LIST that can address logistics:
- Optimization and decision making with strong interaction with the areas of machine learning and simulation
- Autonomous vehicles
- AI & Data analytics
- Information security (Blockchain, risk assessment, NIS directive, electronic archiving)
- Life cycle assessment
- Policy support
- Air quality monitoring
So welcome in OPEN ENLOCC and wish to collaborate again in several projects and activities!