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Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)


Brief Biography of Partner

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its seven Centers, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of Energy, Low-Emission Transport, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control and Technology Experience. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in the area of Innovation Systems & Policy.

The AIT has about 1.450 employees – mostly based at the main facilities Vienna Giefinggasse, Seibersdorf, Wiener Neustadt, Ranshofen and Graz – working on the development of the tools, technologies and solutions for Austrian industries that are of utmost relevance for the future.


The institute’s Centre for Digital Safety & Security has over 200 experts developing state-of-the-art information and communication technologies to ensure that our systems are highly secure and reliable in the context of comprehensive digitization and global networking. The Centre focuses on key technology areas including: Distributed IT systems and the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Security for IT and Industrial Control Systems, State-of-the-art cryptographic methods (Post Quantum Cryptography) and Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Blockchain Technologies

With this technological competence AIT addresses different markets, such as the semiconductor industry, the automotive sector, critical infrastructures such as energy network and power plant operators, financial markets, as well as the security sector in the context of critical infrastructure protection, environmental monitoring and crisis and disaster management. Strategic technology research is carried out in close cooperation with industry, science and the public sector, from the development of prototypes to the validation of applications.

Partner’s Role in the SUNRISE project

AIT will lead the development of the SUNRISE strategy for pandemic-specific risk assessment and mitigation. Specifically, AIT is leading the development of general identification criteria for critical infrastructures, their interactions and interdependencies. Within this, they will work with the critical infrastructure operators involved in the project to analyse the cross-domain cascading effects of pandemics to raise awareness and develop measures to increase the resilience of critical infrastructures.

Additionally, AIT contributes with its expertise in cryptography and privacy to the SUNRISE tools. Specifically, AIT contributes by developing cryptographic protocols for realising privacy-friendly risk-based access control (RiBAC) solutions and investigating privacy/usability trade-offs that can be achieved.