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Departments and Research Institutes

The Saarland Informatics Campus comprises not only Saarland University’s Department of Computer Science, but also the two cooperating Departments of Mathematics and of Language Science and Technology with their informatics-related study programs. A wide array of internationally renowned, top-tier informatics research institutes are also located in the immediate vicinity on the campus and in the region.

CISPA Helmholtz-Zentrum i.G

The CISPA Helmholtz-Zentrum i.G. is a new research institution, which was founded in 2017 and is currently undergoing the process of becoming the 19. center of the Helmholtz Association. CISPA as a future Helmholtz center will have the critical mass of researchers (up to 800 employees) to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. Thematically, it strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deeply grounded in computer science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences.

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Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Algorithms are at the center of research done at the The Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken. Since the foundation of the institute in 1990, its scientists investigate mathematical foundations of information technology (algorithms and complexity, logic of programming), and develop new algorithms for a variety of application domains such as computer graphics, geometric computation, program verification, databases and information systems, and bioinformatics.

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Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, based in both Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, was established in November 2004. Its charter is to conduct basic research in all areas related to the design, analysis, modeling, implementation and evaluation of complex software systems. It thereby joins over 80 other institutes run by the Max Planck Society, which conduct world-class basic research in medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology and the humanities.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), based in Saarbrücken, Kaiserslautern, Bremen and Berlin, is the leading contract research facility in Germany in the field of innovative software technology. In the international scientific community, the DFKI is among the most important “Centers of Excellence” worldwide.

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Center for Bioinformatics

The Center for Bioinformatics has the following mission:

  • to develop a virtual biology laboratory for modeling and simulating biochemical processes;
  • to focus on providing bioinformatics tools for development and manufacture of new drugs, and for optimization of therapeutic strategies; and
  • to produce bioinformatics graduates who possess excellent theoretical and methodological knowledge, and are able to use existing tools and develop new methods.
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Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics

Around 2,500 scientists from all over the world come to the Leibniz Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl in northern Saarland every year. It holds multi-day seminars with top international researchers, to which only scientists, doctoral students and industry experts who are regarded as experts in the respective subject are invited. Thus, discussions are guaranteed to take place at the highest level. Since 2005, Schloss Dagstuhl belongs to the Leibniz Association, which is home to leading non-university research institutes and scientific service facilities in Germany. Its scientific director is Prof. Raimund Seidel of Saarland University.

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Intel Visual Computing Institute

The Intel Visual Computing Institute (Intel VCI) is a collaborative effort between Intel, Saarland University, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and the Max-Planck Institute for Software Systems. Its two locations are based on the Saarland University campus. This unique combination of industrial, academic and institutional research ensures the highest quality theoretical foundation, as well as practical applicability and relevance.

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Cluster of Excellence

Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction

Today, digital content comes in different forms, such as language, images, films, 3D models and databases. The Cluster of Excellence wants to make this content as readily available as possible and is working to enhance the capabilities: computer systems should learn to analyze and interpret even incomplete or noisy data, to process the knowledge acquired and present it in real time. Information should not only be communicated, but also intelligently mined, understood and organized. This is the goal that the Cluster of Excellence pursues.

Information systems are also expected to interact with humans naturally, to consider the environmental context, to react to language, text and gestures, and to respond appropriately. This requires new systems to be created in which all this occurs as naturally and as intuitively as possible.

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Competence Center Informatics Saarland

The Competence Center of Computer Science was founded in 2004 with financial support by the state government. It represents around 30 computer science and related chairs at the university, as well as the non-university research institutes in Saarland.

Via the brand “Saarland Informatics Campus” the center offers information about research results to industry, politics and the public. The goal is to strengthen technology transfer at every link of the innovation chain, from theory, to first prototypes, to the use of final products in industry.

These projects and industrial applications offer young scientists a broad research field and good contacts for subsequent careers. An additional aim of the center is to attract even more students and young scientists from around the world to start their scientific career in Saarland.

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Department of Computer Science

With the founding of the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University in 1969, the cornerstone was laid for the internationally oriented SIC. Thanks to outstanding research performance and well-established team spirit, since then, new research institutes have continually settled here, networking with the co-located informatics-related departments to form an outstanding campus for computer science research.

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Department of Mathematics

In the Department of Mathematics there are currently 20 professors teaching and doing research. This includes three joint professorships with the computer science department, as well as one junior professor. The scientists conduct research in eight areas. These include stochastics, numerical analysis, didactics of mathematics, functional analysis, mathematical data analysis, applied analysis, and the area of algebra, geometry, and number theory. Currently the mathematics department participates in the DFG Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application”.

In addition, there is close collaboration in the greater region through regularly held joint seminars with Metz in the area of functional analysis, with Kaiserslautern in algebraic geometry and computer algebra, with Luxembourg in free probability theory, and with Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Landau, Mainz, and Paderborn in the didactics of mathematics.

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Department of Language Science and Technology

With seven professorships, in addition to the Computational Linguistics bachelor’s degree programs, the department also offers master’s programs, which are taught in English and are internationally oriented. Regarding research, along with the very close cooperation with computer science, collaboration with linguists also plays a central role.

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Nachwuchsgewinnung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Technologietransfer am Saarland Informatics Campus werden unterstützt durch das Kompetenzzentrum, gefördert durch

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Das Projekt Tandem an der Universität des Saarlandes verfolgt das Ziel, die für eine wirtschaftliche oder industrielle Verwertung interessanten Forschungsergebnisse der saarländischen Informatik und der Max-Planck Institute durch einen Inkubationsprozess soweit weiterzuentwickeln, dass entweder Investoren die Produkte kaufen oder lizenzieren, oder neue Unternehmen im Saarland gegründet werden. Begleitende Aktivitäten im Projekt umfassen nationale und internationale Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Maßnahmen zur Förderung des Technologietransfers im Allgemeinen sowie Formate zur Nachwuchsakquise im Bereich der Informatik. Das Projekt Tandem trägt dazu bei, die saarländische Informatik und den Wirtschaftsstandort Saarland zu stärken.