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The Saarland Informatics Campus

Study, Research, and Careers in the Heart of Europe

2,000 students from 81 countries study in 21 informatics-related programs on the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) at Saarland University, within three established departments. More than 800 scientists, in two graduate schools and six internationally renowned research institutes, are researching the complete spectrum of informatics topics, thus particularly enriching the areas of IT security, artificial intelligence, visual computing, bioinformatics, and the Semantic Web – from the foundations to innovative applications.

The SIC works together with international corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and supports numerous spin-offs through its IT Incubator (ITI) and IT-Security Incubator “Fusion”. Thus it acts as a driver for further industry, research, and development laboratories to locate in the area.
The full potential of the site is leveraged to generate scientific publications and win prizes, as well as to put forth patent applications and technological innovations. Thanks to its excellent expertise and competitiveness, joint success is guaranteed at the Saarland Informatics Campus.

Success through Team Spirit

With the founding of the Department of Computer Science through the Saarbrücken mathematics professor Günter Hotz, the cornerstone was laid in 1969 for the internationally renowned Saarland Informatics Campus. Since then, thanks to outstanding research accomplishments and team spirit, new research institutes have successively been established at the SIC, networking with the co-located informatics-related departments to form an outstanding campus for informatics research.

In 1988 the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence was established here, in 1990 the Max Planck Institute for Informatics was founded, ten years later the Center for Bioinformatics followed, in 2004 the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, in 2007 the Cluster of Excellence and the Graduate School, then two years later the Intel Visual Computing Institute, and since 2011 the Saarland Informatics Campus has been home to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, the CISPA – Helmholtz Center i.G.

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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

The Saarland Informatics Campus by the numbers

6 informatics institutes and 3 collaborating departments on campus

20 ERC Grants

7 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners

Around 2,000 students from 81 countries

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21 informatics study programs

Over 180 alumni have become professors since 2007

70 research groups, 300 doctoral candidates

70 spin-offs since 2006

1,000 employees, of whom 800 are IT researchers

  • 6 informatics institutes and 3 collaborating departments on campus
  • Around 1,900 students from 81 countries
  • 70 research groups, 300 doctoral candidates
  • 19 ERC Grants
  • 18 informatics study programs
  • 70 spin-offs since 2006
  • 7 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners
  • Over 180 alumni have become professors since 2007
  • 1,000 employees, of whom 800 are IT researchers

The Department of Computer Science

The central administrative services of the Computer Science Department are brought together in the administrative office. This includes the General Manager, the Study Coordinator, the System Administrator, and the secretaries.
The responsibilities of the administrative office include the following, which are of particular relevance for students and staff of the Computer Science Department.

Erich Reindel
Managing Director, Department of Computer Science
+49 (0)681 302-58091
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.211
66123 Saarbrücken
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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 (0)681 302-70150
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.123
66123 Saarbrücken
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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 (0)681 302-58091
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.211
66123 Saarbrücken
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Entrepreneurial Campus

To transform research results into products and licenses, all of the Saarland Informatics Campus institutes work closely with the state and federal entrepreneurial institutions. The Competence Center also makes businesses aware of opportunities for collaboration with scientists. The on-site IT Incubator (ITI) and IT-Security-Incubator “Fusion” help scientists to protect their ideas through patent applications, as well as make them usable for business and industry; they also encourage the founding of start-up companies to create new IT firms that provide numerous jobs in the region. This wide spectrum makes the campus highly attractive for top international companies.

Jens Krück
Head of the Business Cooperation Center
+49 (0)681 302-3548
Campus A1 1
66123 Saarbrücken
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Job Opportunities

From internships to professorships, job opportunities at the Saarland Informatics Campus are wide-ranging. Whether during your studies, or as the next step in your career, the SIC as an employer offers excellent prospects to gain your footing on our campus.

Selected Highlights:

Tenure-Track Junior Professorship: Integrative Cellular Biology and Bioinformatics

A candidate with the willingness to contribute their own experimental work at the interface between model and experiment is desirable. (…) more

Tenure-Track Junior Professorships: Computer Science with a focus on Data Science

We are seeking to appoint an individual who has already made important, internationally visible contributions to the field. (…) more

Research assistant (m/f/x)

We are offering several Business Developer positions in our group for an upcoming spin-off project: ChainifyDB. Our goal is to transform the research prototype into a market-ready commercial product by the end of 2020. (…) more

Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

Yang Zhang wird CISPA-Faculty

Am 01. Februar tritt Yang Zhang seine neue Position als Faculty am CISPA an. Zhang hat bereits die vergangenen drei Jahre am Großforschungseinrichtung des Bundes in Saarbrücken gearbeitet, zuletzt als Leiter einer Forschungsgruppe. Von Januar 2017 bis Dezember 2018 arbeitete Zhang als Postdoc mit Gründungsdirektor Michael Backes. Davor erlangte er seinen PhD an der Universität […]

Nominated as Pearl of the Year

Ethics and computer science? They belong together! Not only Prof. Holger Hermanns and Kevin Baum see it that way, but also the Stifterverband. The event ‘Ethics for Nerds’ was therefore awarded the Pearl in January 2019. Now there is a chance to win the Pearl of the Year. We need support for this. On 22 […]

Research collaboration develops new method that could facilitate cancer diagnosis

Researchers led by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Center for Bioinformatics at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, have developed a cheaper and faster method to check for genetic differences in individual cells, which outperforms existing techniques with respect to the information received. This new method could become a new standard […]

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.

2020

Das kleine Dazwischen

sueddeutsche.de

Dem Helmholtz-Zentrum für Informationssicherheit (Cispa) in Saarbrücken sieht man an, dass es neu gebaut wurde.

Sturm über der Saar

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Aktuelle Versuche, rund um das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz einen Hightech-Standort aufzubauen, leiden unter der schwachen Zugkraft des Landes.

2019

Starthilfe für Startups an der Saar

saarbruecker-zeitung.de

Mit über vier Millionen Euro unterstützt der Bund Existenzgründungen an der Saar-Uni und der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft.

Saarland muss attraktiver werden


saarbruecker-zeitung.de

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.

Wissenschaft belebt Wirtschaft

Luxemburger Wort


Schließlich gelang es sogar, das „Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz“ und zwei Max-Planck-Institute für Informatik nach Saarbrücken zu holen.

James Dean 2.0

Altmühl-Bote


Allerdings haben Forscher der Erlanger Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stanford University und dem Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken vor wenigen Jahren eine – noch nicht leinwandtaugliche – Technologie entwickelt, mit der sich Mimik und Lippenbewegungen eines Menschen erfassen und in Echtzeit auf das Videobild eines ganz anderen übertragen lassen.

Lafontaine forciert Kritik an IT-Strategie im Saarland

saarbruecker-zeitung.de

Der neue Chef des Deutschen Forschungszentrums für künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, Antonio Krüger, sagte der SZ, Scheer habe „einen wichtigen Punkt angesprochen“, als er forderte, das Land müsse sich bei der Gewinnung von Nachwuchskräften „mehr Mühe geben“.

2018

Schelling-Preis für Saarbrücker Internetforscherin

Trierischer Volksfreund

„Für ihre wegweisende Internetforschung erhält die in Saarbrücken tätige Informatikerin Anja Feldmann den mit 25 000 Euro dotierten Schelling-Preis der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.“

Die einsamste Intelligenz der Welt

FAZ.NET

Philipp Slusallek vom Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in Saarbrücken hält die Leistung der neuen Google-KI dennoch für „sehr beeindruckend“.

Was ist denn, Computer?

Sächsische Zeitung Radeberg

Die Forscher arbeiten dabei mit Wissenschaftlern der Universität des Saarlandes und der Max-Planck-Institute für Informatik und Softwaresysteme zusammen.

An Frankfurt vorbei
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Als Sitz des künftigen deutsch-französischen Zentrums für künstliche Intelligenz sind Berlin, Aachen, Dresden, Saarbrücken und Frankfurt an der Oder im Gespräch.

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.

Press Contact

Our press releases in German and English provide information about the research results of the Saarland Informatics Campus. Here we follow the guidelines for institutional science communication, which were drawn up in dialog by the Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation und Wissenschaft, among others. Outstanding, media-experienced researchers can be found in our list of experts, and articles from other media about the Saarland Informatics Campus in our press clipping section. If you have further questions, or are looking for a top-class interview partner, contact us and we will be happy to help.

Gordon Bolduan
Public Relations
+49 (0)681 302-70741
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.120
66123 Saarbrücken
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Awards

2019

2018

2017

Directions: How to find us

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.

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

Logo Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung
Weitere Infos

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.