Michael Backes is the director of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) and a full professor at the Computer Science Department of Saarland University where he holds the chair for Information Security and Cryptography.
He is moreover a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the speaker of the SFB on Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy, and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI).
2004 – IBM Outstanding Achievement Award for contributions to Enterprise Privacy Architectures;
2004 – Microsoft Award for outstanding research in privacy enhancing technologies;
2005 – IBM Research Division Award for contributions to Web Services Security;
2007 – Fellow of the Max Planck Society;
2007 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
2008 – IBM Faculty Award;
2009 – ERC Starting Grant;
2009 – MIT TR35;
2009 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
2011 – IEEE Outstanding Community Award;
2013 – ERC Synergy Grant;
imPACT: Privacy, Accountability, Compliance, and Trust in Tomorrow's Internet
2014 – IEEE Outstanding Community Award;
2014 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
2014 – acatech Academy Membership;
2017 – CNIL-Inria Award for Privacy Protection 2016;
CNIL-Inria Award for Privacy Protection for his paper \"ADSNARK: nearly practical and privacy-preserving proofs on authenticated data\" (Co-authors: Manuel Barbosa, Dario Fiore, and Raphael M. Reischuk).