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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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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


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

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 […]

The Department of Computer Science mourns the death of Professor Dr. Jacques Loeckx

The Department of Computer Science mourns the death of Professor Dr. Jacques Loeckx, who died on January 4, 2020 in Cologne, where he had lived since his retirement in 1997. Jacques Loeckx studied engineering at the Université Libre in his home city of Brussels and received his doctorate from the Université Catholique in Leuven. He […]

Students at Saarland University teach during the international “Hour of Code”

For the third time, students of computer science at Saarland University are taking part in the international “Hour of Code” campaign, which traditionally takes place every year in the second week of December. In order to enable children to try out programming for a whole hour, this year the students visit six schools in Saarland […]

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.


Knapp daneben

Technology Review

Wie der Offline- vom Onlinehandel lernen kann, zeigt das Innovative Retail Laboratory des Deutschen Zentrums für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in St. Wendel.

Als der Startschuss für das Internet fiel
Deutschlandfunk, Kalenderblatt

Erklärt Anja Feldmann vom Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken die Vorteile der Paket-Vermittlung.

Saarländische Schüler in MINT-Fächern unterdurchschnittlich

Die Lernerfolge von Schülern der 9. Klasse im Saarland erreichen in Mathematik, Biologie, Chemie und Physik nicht den Bundesdurchschnitt. Dies geht aus einer Erhebung des Instituts zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen (IQB) an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität hervor […].

Mehr Studienanfänger an der Saar-Uni

Bei den Erstsemester-Studierenden besonders beliebt sind weiterhin die Studienfächer Medizin (265 Erstsemester), Rechtswissenschaft (257), Betriebswirtschaftslehre (195) und Psychologie (153) sowie Informatik (134), Cybersicherheit (96) und der neue Studiengang „Data Science and Artificial Intelligence“ (83).

Epische Schlachten

“Unternehmen werden langfristig erkennen müssen, dass mit zunehmender Automatisierung auch Cybersicherheit ein Thema nicht nur für die klassische IT, sondern für Prozesse und Operational Technology generell ist”, meint Nils Ole Tippenhauer, leitender CISPA-Forscher.

E-Skin: Tragbare Elektronik wird ergonomisch

Um diese Frage zu klären, haben die Informatiker der Saar-Uni mit Wissenschaftlern des Leibniz-Instituts für Neue Materialien INM und dem Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology kooperiert.

Cyberrisiko Fabrik

Dabei will man mit den Partnern Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) und Helmholtz­-Zentrum für Informationssicherheit (CISPA) rund um Cybersicherheit für autonome Systeme forschen.

Programmierung trifft auf Gestaltung

Wer Medieninformatik studiert, hat später gute Jobchancen. Das Studium ist vielfältig und an der Saar-Uni sehr praxisnah ausgerichtet.

Mehr Mut zum Risiko

duz Magazin (Deutsche Universitätszeitung)

Bei den Hochschulen mit mehr als 15 000 Studierenden führt die TU München auch in diesem Jahr die Liste an. Auf dem zweiten Platz schaffte es die Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München, dicht gefolgt von der Universität des Saarlands und dem Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.

Saarland plant neuen Campus für IT-Gründer

Saarbrücker Zeitung

„Die Wertschöpfung, die wir mit dem Helmholtz-Zentrum und dem Campus hinkriegen, wird eine treibende Kraft im Strukturwandel“, sagte Cispa-Direktor Michael Backes der SZ.


Mimik in Videos nachträglich verändern

Technology Review

Forscher vom Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik haben auf der diesjährigen SIGGRAPH-Konferenz in Vancouver eine Software vorgestellt, die Videos mit Nahaufnahmen von Menschen fotorealistisch verändern kann.

Die Stars sind schon da

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Universität Saarbrücken zählt im Bereich Informatik zu den besten der Welt, große Unternehmen der Softwarebranche sind aus ihr hervorgegangen. Das lockt auch andere ins Saarland.

Wenn Roboter Augenbewegungen lesen
iX magazin


Hallo Computer, jetzt reden wir mal!

Auch Professor Klakow aus Saarbrücken urteilt: „Bis wir so weit sind, dass Sie mit so einem System reden können wie mit einem Menschen, da wird noch viel Zeit ins Land gehen.“

EU-Preis für Saar-Informatiker

Saarbrücker Zeitung (Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücken, Hauptausgabe)

Der Saarbrücker Informatikprofessor Christian Theobalt erhält den mit zwei Millionen Euro dotierten Forschungspreis „ERC Consolidator Grant“ der Europäischen Union.

Computer sollen sehen lernen

Saarbrücker Zeitung (Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücken, Hauptausgabe)

Diese Aufgabe packt nun Professor Christian Theobalt vom Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken mit finanzieller Unterstützung der Europäischen Union an.

Der Computer hat mir freigegeben


„Die Abhängigkeit von Systemen, die Detailentscheidungen im Alltag übernehmen, wird größer", konstatiert Andreas Dengel vom deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz.“

Die Katze schläft

Das DFKI ist die weltweit größte Forschungseinrichtung für künstliche Intelligenz mit deutschlandweit 800 Mitarbeitern.

Faszination KI


Philipp Slusallek vom Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz zeigte die KI-Erfolge beim autonomen Fahren auf.

Die Nacht durchgerechnet

Ostfriesische Nachrichten

"Mehr als 70 Schüler hatten am Online-Wettbewerb „Informatik-Biber“ teilgenommen, ausgerichtet vom Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, vom Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-Technologie sowie von der Gesellschaft für Informatik."

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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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

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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.