Chairman and Scientific Director of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
|Postal address:||CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security|
|Saarland Informatics Campus E9 1|
|66123 Saarbrücken, Germany|
|Phone:||+49 (0)681 - 302 - 3249|
|Email:||director (at) cispa (dot) saarland|
Short VitaMichael Backes is the chairman and founding director of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security.
He is moreover a professor of Saarland University, the director of the CISPA-Stanford Center, jointly with Prof. John Mitchell, the speaker of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 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). See here for a longer CV.
Research InterestsInformation security and privacy, especially foundations of computer security & privacy; design, analysis and verification for security-critical systems and services; methods and tools for assessing and enhancing end-user privacy; research on new attack vectors; and universal solutions in software and network security.
PublicationsMy technical papers and publications are available online. Presumably the most up-to-date list over time will be at DBLP though.
TeachingSee here for my current and past teaching activities.
|2017||NSA Cybersecurity Research Award|
|2017||IEEE Golden Core Award |
|2017||CNIL-INRIA Privacy Award|
|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 moreover 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: Pascal Berrang, Erik Derr, Sanam Ghorbani Lyastani, Kathrin Grosse, Inken Hagestedt, Jie Huang, Robert Kuennemann, Praveen Manoharan, Duc Cuong Nguyen, Marten Oltrogge, David Pfaff, Ivan Pryvalov, Tahleen Rahman, Ahmed Salem, Jonas Schneider, Oliver Schranz, Milivoj Simeonovski, Patrick Speicher, Christian Stransky, Bartlomiej Surma, Marie-Therese Walter, and Yang Zhang.
Students I've graduated:
|Sebastian Meiser||now: PostDoc at UCL|
|Stefan Nuernberger||now: Tenure-track Faculty at CISPA|
|Sven Bugiel||now: Tenure-track Faculty at CISPA|
|Esfandiar Mohammadi||now: PostDoc at ETH Zurich|
|Raphael Reischuk||now: PostDoc at ETH Zurich|
|Sebastian Gerling||now: Head of Scientific Strategy at CISPA|
|Matthias Berg||now: Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)|
|Oana Ciobotaru||now: PostDoc at University of Trier|
|Catalin Hritcu||now: Researcher at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt|
|Markus Dürmuth||now: Professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum|