Since March 2021, the Ministry of Digitalisation, Infrachain, the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) have been actively collaborating to improve access to trans-European services through the EBSILUX project.
Thierry Grandjean, Blockchain Research Engineer at LIST explains what the first phase of the project on which LIST is working consists of and how this step will impact the continuity of EBSILUX.
Can you present the LIST?
“The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) active in the fields of computer science, materials and the environment.”
“LIST develops competitive and market-oriented product/service prototypes for public and private players, and works on the entire innovation chain: fundamental and applied research, incubation and technology transfer.”
“By transforming scientific knowledge into intelligent technologies, data and tools, LIST informs citizens in their choices, supports public authorities in their decisions and boosts companies in their development.”
Why did the LIST join the EBSILUX project?
“Blockchain is a strategic research topic for LIST, particularly for all its possible uses in the field of information security. The EBSILUX project will first of all make it possible to combat the falsification of diplomas. Secondly, the project will use Self Sovereign Identity to allow users to regain control of their digital identity. The lessons learned from these two components of the project can be applied by our research teams in many other areas.”
How is LIST involved in the project?
“LIST was first entrusted with the implementation of the EBSI [European Blockchain Services Infrastructure] node currently hosted by the Luxembourg government.”
“Another mission of LIST, in the framework of this project, is the organisation of training sessions that aim to explain the functioning of blockchain to Luxembourg administrations and to allow these same administrations to understand to what extent the use of blockchain can have an added value in their activities.”
“LIST’s most consequential task in this project is the creation of a first version of the solution in the form of a “Minimum Viable Product” which will be delivered by the end of the academic year 2021-2022.”
What phase of the project are you currently in and what does it involve?
“We are at the end of the analysis phase. We have worked together with the University of Luxembourg to define how the new solution would integrate with the existing one. The choice of the different technological bricks that will be used is practically decided. The development of the solution itself will be able to start in the coming weeks.”
“The first training session took place in September and other sessions will be organised between now and the end of the project.”