Michael Backes

Computer Science Department
Saarland University

Mail Address:  Saarland University
Computer Science Department
  Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
  PO Box 151150
66041 Saarbruecken, Germany

Phone:      +49-681-302 3259
Assistant:   +49-681-302 3249
Fax: +49-681-302 57365
Mail:    backes[at]cs.uni-saarland.de

Michael 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 Investigor and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI).

Research Interests | Publications | Teaching | Students | Recent professional activities | Information for Students (Bachelor/Master thesis, PhD) / Visitors

Main Research Interests

Information 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.  

My technical papers and publications are available online. Presumably the most up-to-date list over time will be at DBLP though.


I am teaching Foundations of Cybersecurity in Fall 2014. See my past teaching activities.


I'm lucky to have the chance to work with a group of outstanding graduate students and Postdocs: Muhammad Rizwan Asghar, Fabian Bendun, Pascal Berrang, Sven Bugiel, Erik Derr, Sebastian Gerling, Praveen Manoharan, Sebastian Meiser, Esfandiar Mohammadi, Stefan Nuernberger, Ivan Pryvalov, Malte Skoruppa, Milivoj Simeonovski, and Philipp von Styp-Rekowsky. See also the students I've graduated!

If you are interested in graduate studies with me, follow this link.

Recent Professional Activities

I am co-chair of the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy 2014 (Submission Deadline is Nov. 15, 2013). I moreover serve as on the Steering Committees of IEEE S & P, IEEE CSF and ESORICS. I'm serving on the program committees of CSF 2014, ESORICS 2014, and WPES 2014.

Last modified: Sep 07 11:13:35 MET 2013