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The Saarland Informatics Campus

Study, Research, and Careers in the Heart of Europe

The Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) is where all teaching and research activities related to computer science in Saarbrücken converge: Five internationally renowned research institutes and three networked faculties of Saarland University with three collaborative research centers combine their individual strengths and competencies to cover the entire spectrum of computer science in 16 research fields and to offer 21 joint courses of study.
Around 2,000 students, 800 scientists — including more than 300 doctoral candidates — from over 80 nations make the SIC a first-class location for computer science.

The success story and research excellence have been based on interdisciplinary cooperation and mutual support from the very beginning and are supported by numerous highly motivated minds at SIC. In 1969, the state government offers the Saarbrücken mathematics lecturer Günter Hotz the first regular chair for “Applied Mathematics and Computer Science” at Saarland University – a milestone in establishing computer science research in Germany.
Further information on the location can be found in our fact sheet (german).

Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

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Computer Science Students Council gives out "Busy Beaver" Award

During this year’s digital kickoff event, the Computer Science Student Council presented its “Busy Beaver” award for the first time since the start of the Corona Pandemic. The award is given to lecturers in the department of Computer Science who have distinguished themselves through their teaching.

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Sensing devices: Design experiment to spark critical discussion

Microphones and cameras are everywhere today: in smartphones, laptops, even in refrigerators and televisions. Many people are now used to these ‚sensing devices’. As a result, they are no longer seen for what they actually are – ubiquitous eyes and ears. A team of computer scientists from Saarland University is using anthropomorphic design to critically question this sensory technology that has become part of everyday life. With ‘Eyecam’ they now present the prototype of a webcam modeled on the human eye.

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Paintings from the printer - Saarbrücken Master's Student improves process for printing fine art products

A computer science master’s student at Saarland University shows in his thesis how to produce high-quality fine art printings using commonly available inkjet printers. To achieve this, he has developed an algorithm that can analyze and reproduce a painting down to its optical fingerprint.

Research Institutes

Several world-renowned computer science institutes are located on the Saarland Informatics Campus at Saarland University – often only a few steps apart from one another. The researchers working here make Saarbrücken a unique European site for computer science.

Dr. Kristina Scherbaum
General Manager of the Cluster of Excellence MMCI and the Competence Center Computer Science Saarland
+49 681 302-70150
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.123
66123 Saarbrücken
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The Saarland Informatics Campus by the numbers

5 informatics institutes and 3 collaborating departments on campus

23 ERC Grants

7 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners

Around 2100 students from 81 countries

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24 informatics study programs

Over 180 alumni have become professors since 2007

74 research groups, 300 doctoral candidates

Over 80 spin-offs since 2010

1,000 employees, of whom 800 are IT researchers

Prizes, Awards and Grants

2021
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ERC Proof of Concept
Prof. Dr. Holger Hermanns
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AAAI Fellowship
Prof. Dr. Jörg Hoffmann
2020
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ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg
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ERC Starting Grant
Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez
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Otto-Hahn-Medaille
Thomas Leimkühler
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Google PhD Fellowship
Michael Sammler
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ERC Proof of Concept
Dr. Christoph Lenzen
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Academia Europaea Mitgliedschaft
Prof. Dr. Joël Ouaknine
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Ehrendoktorwürde
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster
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IEEE TCRTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Wilhelm
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Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contribution Award
Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt
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Saarländsicher Landespreis für Hochschullehre
Prof. Dr. Bernd Finkbeiner
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Saarländsicher Landespreis für Hochschullehre
Prof. Dr. Andreas Zeller
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Hochschulperle: Future Skills
Prof. Dr. Holger Hermanns
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Hochschulperle: Future Skills
Kevin Baum
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Dr. Eduard-Martin-Preis
Martin Bromberger
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Dr. Eduard-Martin-Preis
Dr. Hazem Torfah
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Berufung in die Enquete-Kommission „Digitalisierung im Saarland“
Kevin Baum
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ECIR Test-of-Time Award
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weikum
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Frauen-MINT-Award
Noshaba Cheema
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Frauen-MINT-Award
Marlene Böhmer
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ICML Test-of-Time Award
Matthias Seeger
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ISSTA Impact Paper Award
Prof. Dr. Andreas Zeller
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Dissertationspreis der Fachgruppe Bioinformatik
Florian Schmidt
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ISCB Student Software Award
Florian Schmidt
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Helene-Lange-Preis
Dr. Marion Koelle
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SaarLB Wissenschaftspreis
Prof. Dr. Andreas Keller
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Salomaa prize
Prof. Dr. Joël Ouaknine
2019
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Karl Heinz Beckurts-Preis
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Backes
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ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Karl Bringmann
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DFG Maier-Leibnitz-Preis
Prof. Dr. Karl Bringmann
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EATCS Presburger Award
Prof. Dr. Karl Bringmann
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Skolem Award
Prof. Dr. Christoph Weidenbach
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ESWEEK Test-of-Time Award
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Wilhelm
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Auszeichnung als einer der zehn prägende Köpfe der deutschen KI-Geschichte
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster
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Auszeichnung als einer der zehn prägende Köpfe der deutschen KI-Geschichte
Prof. Dr. Jörg H. Siekmann
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Software Product Line Most Influential Paper Award
Prof. Dr. Sven Apel
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Ranking:
Country Check Informatics

The “Ländercheck Informatik”, published in May 2018 by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany), sheds light on the differences in computer science education at universities between the federal states. Saarland is described as a winner in the study, as it achieves top results in almost all categories.

CHE University Ranking 2018
DFG Funding Ranking 2018
Outstanding IT Science Location
Evaluation of Computer Science

Research Highlights

Scientists at the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) carry out top-level research. Their projects are presented at renowned international conferences, as well as at trade fairs such as the international computer expo CeBIT in Hannover.

Sensing devices: Design experiment to spark critical discussion
Sensing devices: Design experiment to spark critical discussion
Paintings from the printer
Paintings from the printer
Saarbrücken based bioinformaticians trace down molecular signals of Parkinson’s disease
Saarbrücken based bioinformaticians trace down molecular signals of Parkinson’s disease
Secure linking of databases
Secure linking of databases
Virtual Worlds become graspable
Virtual Worlds become graspable
Automatically generated language is to adapt to individual users
Automatically generated language is to adapt to individual users
Battery in Focus: Computer Scientists optimize operation of Nano-Satellites in orbit
Battery in Focus: Computer Scientists optimize operation of Nano-Satellites in orbit
Software systems should explain their own behavior
Software systems should explain their own behavior
Structural variants in human genomes
Structural variants in human genomes
Artificial intelligence predicts lightning
Artificial intelligence predicts lightning
Stretchable Circuits
Stretchable Circuits
Software product lines
Software product lines
Portable electronics
Portable electronics
IAA 2017: Saarbrücken researchers show that speech information is more distracting for elderly drivers
IAA 2017: Saarbrücken researchers show that speech information is more distracting for elderly drivers
Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface
Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface
Saarbrücken Start-up Combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids
Saarbrücken Start-up Combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids
Computer scientists provide fifth dimension for videos
Computer scientists provide fifth dimension for videos
Saarbrücken start-up offers data analysis with scientific expertise
Saarbrücken start-up offers data analysis with scientific expertise
Digital assistant teaches runners healthier running style
Digital assistant teaches runners healthier running style
A webcam is enough to produce a real-time 3D model of a moving hand
A webcam is enough to produce a real-time 3D model of a moving hand
Artificial Intelligence: Recognizing character in the eyes
Artificial Intelligence: Recognizing character in the eyes
IAA 2017: Scientists at Saarland University prevent hacker attacks on cars
IAA 2017: Scientists at Saarland University prevent hacker attacks on cars
Tracking Humans in 3D with Off-the-shelf Webcams
Tracking Humans in 3D with Off-the-shelf Webcams
Saarland University startup presents innovative visualization platform for online media
Saarland University startup presents innovative visualization platform for online media
More than just a flexible doctoral program: Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science
More than just a flexible doctoral program: Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science
Android smartphone data spies exposed like bank robbers
Android smartphone data spies exposed like bank robbers
With Boxmate malicious programs have no place left to hide
With Boxmate malicious programs have no place left to hide
Computer animation: models for facial expression
Computer animation: models for facial expression
Real bring-your-own-device by SRT Boxify
Real bring-your-own-device by SRT Boxify
Big Data for Text: Next-Generation Text Understanding and Analysis
Big Data for Text: Next-Generation Text Understanding and Analysis
Biomechanical simulations show how using tablets and smartphones puts stress on joints and muscles
Biomechanical simulations show how using tablets and smartphones puts stress on joints and muscles
Molecular fitness test for amateur athletes
Molecular fitness test for amateur athletes

Press Review – Who’s reporting what about the Saarland Informatics Campus?

The Saarland Informatics Campus is well known far beyond its location in Saarbrücken. Here you will find a selection of national and international media coverage.

2021

Saarland zeigt bei Hannover Messe Flagge

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Das DFKI ist mit etlichen Neuentwicklungen auf der Hannover Messe vertreten. So zeigt das Team von Wirtschaftsinformatiker Wolfgang Maaß (Universität des Saarlandes/DFKI), wie eine intelligente Datensammlung hilft, den möglichen Ausfall von Industriemaschinen in der Produktion frühzeitig zu erkennen und einen teuren Fertigungsausfall zu verhindern.

Chrsitian Theobalt ist neuer Max-Planck-Direktor

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft hat den an der Saar-Uni lehrenden Informatik-Professor Christian Theobalt zum wissenschaftlichen Direktor am Saarbrücker Max-Plack-Institut für Informatik ernannt.

Neue Auszeichnung für Saarbrücker Informatiker

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Andreas Zeller wird erneut für seine Forschungsarbeit mit dem Preis für den einflussreichsten Fachartikel ausgezeichnet.

Eyecam: Webcam ahmt menschliches Auge nach

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Forschende im Saarland wollen mit einer anthropomorphen Webcam Denkanstöße liefern.

This Webcam dares to ask: what if the panoptikum had flesh?

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And the project, part of research at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab, does explore interesting questions. How would we interact with our devices if they were more human? How would our behaviors change if the surveillance around us felt that much more tangible?

2020

Saarbrücker Start-up entwickelt 3-D-Objektiv

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Matthias Schmitz ist einer der Gründer von K-Lens. Das Unternehmen ist eine Ausgründung des Max-Planck Instituts für Informatik und der Universität des Saarlandes.

Neue Software soll autonomes Fahren sicherer machen

Berliner Zeitung

Philipp Slusallek vom Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in Saarbrücken bemängelt, dass der Ansatz nur von rechtlich erlaubten Bewegungen anderer Verkehrsteilnehmer ausgeht.

Zwei Studentinnen trainieren EU-Software

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Das DFKI hat einen Online-Übersetzer entwickelt. Damyana Gateva und Anastasija Amann hatten entscheidenden Anteil.

Deep Learning alleine reicht nicht

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Künstliche Intelligenz ist eine Schlüsseltechnologie unserer Zeit. Um noch weiter zu kommen, ist eine neue Generation von KI-Systemen nötig.

Mit dem Computer sieht man besser

Saarbrücker Zeitung

In einem gemeinsamen Projekt wollen nun die Universitätsaugenklinik in Homburg und das DFKI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) ein Verfahren entwickeln, um die Qualität der Spenderhornhäute besser beurteilen zu können.

2019

Saarland muss attraktiver werden


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Die Kammer-Spitze fordert Ministerpräsident Tobias Hans (CDU) sowie Wirtschaftsministerin Anke Rehlinger (SPD) auf, häufiger persönlich bei den Vorständen der großen Autohersteller und Zulieferer in Deutschland vorzusprechen mit dem Ziel, mehr Forschungsaufträge an die Saar zu holen.

Mehr Mädchen für die MINT-Fächer


Saarbrücker Zeitung


Das Projekt wurde 2010 ins Leben gerufen und soll junge Mädchen für Studiengänge wie Informatik, Physik oder Materialwissenschaften begeistern.

„Kein Backup, kein Mitleid“

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Trotz raffinierter Abwehr-Algorithmen „ist die größte Schwachstelle immer noch der Mensch“, ist die Erfahrung von Sven Bugiel, vom Saarbrücker Helmholtz-Zentrum für IT-Sicherheit (Cispa).

Kleine Gemeinheiten in der großen Koalition

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Der Unionspolitiker verspricht sich als Nebeneffekt der Spitzenforschung des Helmholtz-Zentrum für IT-Sicherheit (Cispa) und des Deutschen Forschungszentrums für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) neue Arbeitsplätze durch Ausgründungen.

Die besten Städte für Unternehmen

Wirtschaftswoche


Nirgendwo sonst in Deutschland gibt es, auf die Einwohnerzahl gerechnet, so viele Institute aus den Forschungsfeldern Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaft und Technik.

Marketing and public relations

Our press releases in German and English will inform you about research results of the Saarland Informatics Campus. We are guided by the guidelines for institutional science communication, which were developed by the German Association for University Communication and Science in Dialogue, among others. Outstanding researchers with media experience can be found in our list of experts, while articles from other media about the Saarland Informatics Campus can be found in our press review.

We publish information about our highly competitive location both in our fact sheet and target group-specific on our social media channels, our website, in selected print media and ranking reports as well as within our events for pupils, teachers, students and researchers through presentations and print materials. We support employees and students at SIC with conference and office materials.

If you have further questions or are looking for an interview partner, please contact us, because we are happy to help.

Sahra Grolier
Marketing and communication
+49 681 302-70740
Saarland Informatics Campus E17, R.102
66123 Saarbrücken
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Philipp Zapf-Schramm
Public Relations
+49 681 302-70741
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.120
66123 Saarbrücken
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Dates, Lectures and Events

April 2021

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  • Beginn Sommersemester 2021
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Talk on "A Structural Complexity Theory for Big Data: Fine-grained Complexity and Algorithm Design" by Marvin Künnemann
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  • Talk on "Watching the Watchmen: Trustworthy Network Tasks Outsourcing" by Guyue (Grace) Liu, postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Beginn Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2021
  • Kick-Off Event SS21
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  • Talk on "Logical Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems" by André Platzer, Carnegie Mellon University
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Talk on "On Probabilistic Program Termination" by Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen University
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss

Contacts, Directories, Research Groups

Around 800 researchers make the Saarland Informatics Campus a unique location for computer science. They do research as PhD students, independent research group leaders, professors, and emeritus professors in more than 70 research groups.

Erich Reindel
Managing Director, Department of Computer Science
+49 681 302-58091
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.211
66123 Saarbrücken
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Directions: How to find us

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Address & Contact:

Competence Center Computer Science Saarland
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7
66123 Saarbrücken
+49 (0) 681 – 302 70150

Arriving by plane

If you take a flight to the Saarbrücken airport, you can then arrive at the university by taxi within 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can fly to Frankfurt Airport, and take the train and public transit from there to the university.

Arriving by car

The shortest way to the university via Google Maps.

Arriving by train

Saarbrücken is on the Deutsche Bahn high-speed network. Tickets can be booked online or using the app.

Public transit

You can reach the university comfortably by bus. The stop is “Universität Mensa”. You can find the schedules here.

Navigation on campus

Computer science is represented in various buildings on campus. Use the interactive map to find the right one.