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Discover cutting-edge cybersecurity, AI, immersive technology and web3 research with Cyber 3 Lab. At Howest, our research unit is at the forefront of supporting you in cybersecurity and immersive technology, particularly within a decentralized AI landscape. Our team comprises highly skilled experts and young potentials, each passionately engaged in international and national research endeavors.

Our state-of-the-art research infrastructure is uniquely equipped to tackle your digital transformation challenges and answer your most pressing questions. Learn more about our team members, projects, support services and infrastructure on this website.

Our expertise


Our expertise

Artificial Intelligence

With the current advance of AI, Howest has multiple research groups that are exploring the possibilities of AI. We have been combining these areas of expertise since 2023 into an umbrella research group: Howest AI Lab.

Where TI's Cyber 3 Lab used to primarily focused on deploying AI in a security context and the research group of MCT focused on automating processes with AI, we at Howest AI Lab now mainly focus on combining all of our expertise to obtain the best end results for the customer.

Our AI projects

Cyber Security

In light of the escalating complexity of modern technology and the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, the significance of dedicated research in the realm of cybersecurity has become more pronounced than ever.

The Cyber 3 Lab at Howest is not just a guardian against cyber threats; We are architects of digital resilience for industries navigating the intricate web of digitalization. We continue to innovate and collaborate across disciplines, our mission is clear: to forge a secure and sustainable path for industries to thrive in the dynamic landscape of digital transformation.

IT/OT Security projects

Web3 & Blockchain

Howest is the leading Web3 university in Europe. Web3, the third generation of the internet, represents a fundamental evolution towards a more decentralized, transparent, and user-focused digital world. This belief has inspired us to lead Web3 research since 2016 and provide education in this area since 2017.

Based on technologies such as blockchain and Solid, Web3 promises new ways of interaction, communication, and transaction across a wide range of sectors. Here at our research group we to find new opportunities and possibilities within the web3 space.

Our WEB3 projects

Immersive tech

The digital world is transforming from a static 2D plane to a more immersive 3D space. Together with our app and backend researchers, we try to be at the forefront of immersive technologies. Specializing in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR), our research is dedicated to reshaping human interaction with the digital landscape.

With a vision to revolutionize industries such as business, education, healthcare, and beyond, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating seamless, engaging, and transformative experiences.

Our IT projects

Mission & goals

Our mission

— Empowering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and citizens through Cutting-Edge Research and Innovation in Web3, AI, Cybersecurity, and Immersive Technologies.

Our vision

— To be a leading applied research unit at the forefront of Web3, AI, Cybersecurity, and Immersive Technologies, driving transformative solutions that enhance the competitiveness and resilience of citizens and SMEs locally and on European scale.


Daniel Du Seuil, Research Manager Cyber 3 Labs

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What others say about us


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We are very pleased with the pen test performed by Howest's research group. They helped us identify vulnerabilities in our systems and provided valuable recommendations to improve our security. Their expertise and professionalism were impressive. We highly recommend Howest's research group for pentest services.

AZ Rivierenland Rumst, Belgium

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We collaborated with the team at Howest and UGent, focused on improving employee participation. The results were amazing! The app helped us streamline communication, gather employee feedback and increase engagement. We are impressed with the expertise and professionalism of the team at Howest. Thank you for your great work!

WZC De Linde Lievegem, Belgium

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Thanks to Howest, we were able to implement an innovative app that significantly improved employee participation. The app has several features, such as sharing ideas, asking questions and organizing polls. Our employees are excited about the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making processes and feel involved in the company. We are very satisfied with our cooperation with Howest and highly recommend them!

Delrue Group Anzegem, Belgium

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We are very positive about the cooperation. It's incredible what the team at Cesar has accomplished in a short period of time. They are very hands-on and thoughtful. Their final solution is also very user-friendly. We have experienced at first hand the advantages of a partner who can think out concepts and at the end of the ride present a working proof of concept. This tastes like more.

Patricia Vandelanotte CEO Initeam

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The OT cybersecurity workshop is an eye-opener for many. The workshop shows how resourceful someone with bad intentions can be and the examples we saw only appealed to the imagination. With the capture the flag exercise we learned to discover this ingenuity in a playful way.

Zeno Gillis Software & Robotics Engineer, RoboJob