For decades, Latvia’s held a reputation for being an R&D hub for information and communication technologies. In the 1930s, we invented world’s smallest photo camera. In 2023, we’re one of Europe’s pioneers in developing 5G-enabled technologies.

Top research institutions & partners

  • A research institution that employs over 200 researchers, assistants, engineers, and software developers. The institute is actively involved in commercial software development.

    Research areas:

    • Quantum technologies
    • Knowledge engineering
    • Computational linguistics and machine learning
    • Bioinformatics
    • Real-time & autonomous systems
    • Cyber security
  • An internationally regarded quantum computing research group, led by computer scientist Andris Ambainis, with a focus on the theoretical aspects of quantum information.

    Research areas:

    • Quantum algorithms
    • Computational complexity, communications, & cryptography
  • A research institute conducting fundamental and applied research in information and communication technologies, as well as smart materials.

    Research areas:

    • Semiconductors
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Internet of Things
    • Space technologies
    • Robotics
  • A joint project of several local and international companies and organizations, led by Latvian mobile innovator LMT. Altogether, there are seven 5G testbeds across the country, open to innovators developing 5G-based solutions across a variety of industries.

    Research areas:

    • Defense technologies
    • Drone technologies
    • Mobility, incl. cross-border mobility
    • Smart city solutions
    • Internet of Things

Did you know?

In 2020, Ādaži military base became the first innovative 5G military test site in Europe. 5G innovators from all over the world can use this testbed for the research and testing of new 5G defense technologies and innovations.

Latvia-originated information and communication technologies

Globally significant future technologies

Quantum walks as a problem-solving method

Developed by Andris Ambainis at Latvian University Faculty of Computing, quantum walks as a method for solving problems is one of the widely used algorithms among quantum scientists across the world.

5G silicon module use cases

Through the collaborative R&D efforts of three Latvian companies – LMT, Mikrotik, and HansaMatrix – 5G silicon module use cases have been developed and will go into production by 2024. The modules will enable a wide variety of 5G use cases and benefit Europe’s tech innovators.

AI algorithms for semiconductors

The Institute of Electronics and Computer Science develops AI algorithms for chips that, built into autonomous cars, will allow the detection and classification of different objects surrounding a car with high accuracy.

Ship emission control measuring device

Latvian innovation company InPass has built a prototype for a unique monitoring system for ship emissions. This innovation is developed in collaboration with researchers at the Faculty of Natural and Engineering Sciences of the University of Liepāja.