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The Software Languages Lab (SOFT) is a research lab within the department of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Broadly speaking the lab is active in the design and implementation of the next generation of programming tools (i.e., programming languages, IDEs, debuggers, etc.) for complex software systems. The research conducted by the software languages lab covers a wide range of topics (e.g., distributed programming, secure software engineering, program analysis and testing, etc.) applied to various themes (e.g., IoT, Big Data, Cloud Systems, etc.).

The research conducted by SOFT results in concrete expertise and technology. Software Innovation Lab, a division within SOFT, is responsible for ensuring industrial valorisation of said expertise and technology. In general, Software Innovation Lab offers innovation services to companies that want to either acquire knowledge and expertise on cutting edge software technologies or implement novel software solutions through R&D projects and contract research. More concretely, Software Innovation Lab offers two kinds of services:

We offer our expertise in managing and executing bespoke R&D projects. With an annual turnover of €1,7M in academic projects and over 30 years of experience in research and development, Software Innovation Lab is a Belgian reference for software-based R&D projects. The Software Innovation Lab can help you with both the executive aspects of a project (i.e., analysis of state-of-the-art technology, planning into work packages, implementation of prototype systems, …) as well as the funding aspects (i.e., applications for public funding and subsidies on Belgian and European levels). Our team of highly-talented PhD-level and master-level developers is able to carry out technologically challenging projects in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, City of Things, Smart Cities
  • Rich Internet Applications
  • Mobile and Cloud-based Applications
  • Big Data Acquisition and Processing Systems
  • Citizen Science Projects
  • Secure Application Development
  • Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • Software Quality Assessment
  • Test Automation


We offer hands-on workshop and seminars for your development team. The goal of these workshops is for your development team to acquire knowledge on cutting edge research and technology. For the moment our portfolio consists of two workshops. A first workshop focuses on application-level security for web applications. A second workshop focuses on data replication, offline availability of data, and data consistency.

Software Languages


Software Languages Lab
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2 | Building F | 10th floor
1050 Brussels

Head of Department
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang De Meuter

Business Developer
ir. Florian Myter
[M] +32 496 44 61 19