Professor, Chair of Information Security & Cryptography
|Postal address:||Saarland University|
|Computer Science Department|
|Prof. Dr. Michael Backes|
|PO Box 151150|
|66041 Saarbrücken, Germany|
|Phone:||+49 (0)681 - 302 - 3249|
|Email:||backes (at) cs (dot) uni-saarland (dot) de|
Short VitaMichael Backes is a full professor at the Computer Science Department of Saarland University and a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. He has the chair for Information Security and Cryptography.
He is the Director of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA), and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI). See here for a longer CV.
NEW: He is the speaker of the newly established collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) on "Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy". More details will be made available here soon.
Research InterestsInformation security and privacy, especially foundations of computer security & privacy; design, analysis and verification for security-critical systems and services; and methods and tools for assessing and enhancing privacy in the Internet.
My major current research focus is on the recently awarded ERC Synergy Grant imPACT, which aim at providing foundations for privacy, accountability, compliance and trust in the Internet of the Future.
PublicationsMy technical papers and publications are available online. Presumably the most up-to-date list over time will be at DBLP though.
TeachingI am teaching Foundations of Cybersecurity in Fall 2015. See for my past teaching activities.
|2015||Teaching Award of the State of Saarland|
|2014||Academy Membership, AcaTech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften|
|2014||CS Teaching Award of Saarland University, awarded for the proseminar "Hacking"|
|2014||IEEE Outstanding Community Service Award|
|2013||ERC Synergy Grant, awarded for the imPACT project (Privacy, Accountability, Compliance and Trust in Tomorrow's Internet)|
|2011||IEEE Outstanding Community Service Award|
|2009||ERC Starting Grant, awarded for the End2EndSecurity project (Methods and Tools for End-to-end Security)|
|2009||MIT TR35, awarded to the 35 most distinguished researchers/innovators under the age of 35|
|2009||CS Teaching Award of Saarland University, awarded for the lecture "Practical Aspects of Security"|
|2008||IBM Faculty Award|
|2007||Fellow of the German Max Planck Society|
|2007||CS Teaching Award of Saarland University, awarded for the lecture "Cryptography"|
|2005||IBM Research Division Award, for contributions to Web Services Security|
|2004||Microsoft Privacy Award for outstanding research in privacy enhancing technologies|
|2004||IBM Outstanding Achievement Award, for contributions to Enterprise Privacy Architectures|
For what it's worth: I have been featured as the leading German researcher under the age of 40 by the German edition of the Financial Times in 2010, and repeatedly ranked amongst the 30 most important IT people in Germany since 2010 by the Computerwoche newspaper. I was recently named one if Germany's "Digital Minds" by the German Computer Science Foundation and by Germany's minister of research and education.
StudentsI'm lucky to have the chance to work with a group of outstanding graduate students, postdocs, and senior researchers: Fabian Bendun, Pascal Berrang, Sven Bugiel, Erik Derr, Praveen Manoharan, Ninja Marnau, Sebastian Meiser, Esfandiar Mohammadi, Stefan Nuernberger, Ivan Pryvalov, Oliver Schranz, Malte Skoruppa, Milivoj Simeonovski, and Philipp von Styp-Rekowsky.
Students I've graduated:
|Raphael Reischuk||now: PostDoc at ETH Zurich|
|Sebastian Gerling||now: Administrative Manager at Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA)|
|Matthias Berg||now: Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)|
|Markus Dürmuth||now: Assistant Professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum|
|Oana Ciobotaru||now: PostDoc at University of Trier|
|Catalin Hritcu||now: Researcher at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt|