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The Saarland Informatics Campus

Study, Research, and Careers in the Heart of Europe

1,900 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

Around 1,900 students from 81 countries

70 research groups, 300 doctoral candidates

20 ERC Grants


21 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

  • 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:

Scientific Assistant: Software Development and Testing

We are currently looking for a scientific assistant (HiWi) to support us in software development and testing. You will mainly be working directly on our steadily growing code base and we will frequently discuss your progress in a peer-review process.(…) more

Postdoctoral Scientist in Ophthalmic Image Analytics

The Roche Pharma Research and Early Development Informatics team is the bridge between digital technology and science. We help drive medical innovation and are integral to the realization of truly Personalized Healthcare and the development of innovative treatments for patients.(…) more

Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

CISPA now hiring new faculty

Das CISPA – Helmholtz Zentrum für Informationssicherheit stellt neue leitende Wissenschaftler ein. Wir suchen herausragende Forscher, die uns bei unserem wissenschaftlichen Herausforderungen unterstützen. Angeboten werden Positionen als Tenure-Track oder Tenured Faculty. Es wird darum gebeten, Bewerbungen bis zum 15. November 2019 einzureichen. Spätere Bewerbungen werden noch bis zum 10. Dezember 2019 akzeptiert.

Stretchable circuits: New process simplifies production of functional prototypes

Stretchable circuits have the advantage that they also work in textiles such as clothing. However, their production is considered to be very costly. A new, simplified process has now been presented by two computer scientists from Saarland University. It is based on a so-called laser cutter and its precise, fast cuts. These are provided by […]

Growing numbers of new students at Saarland University

The number of new students starting at Saarland University is, at over 2,300, currently slightly above last year’s level. In the winter semester, the total number of students at the university is predicted to level out around 16,800. In view of the declining national population, University President Manfred Schmitt regards this as a great success […]

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.


Künstliche Intelligenz ist schon heute überall
Saarbrücker Zeitung

Baum arbeitet als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter sowohl am Lehrstuhl für Praktische Philosophie als auch am solchen für zuverlässige Systeme und Software in der Informatik an der Saar-Uni und lehrt im Bereich Computer-Ethik.

Krankheitsprognosen verbessern mit Blutproben aus dem Zoo
Cityradio Saarland

Wie die Stromversorgung sicher bleibt
Saarbrücker Zeitung

Fahrschule fürs Auto

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Forscher untersuchen, welche Tests autonome Fahrzeuge absolvieren sollten, bevor sie sicher genug sind, um im Straßenverkehr zugelassen zu werden.

Präzisere Gewittervorhersage dank Künstlicher Intelligenz

„Gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Wetterdienst arbeiten Informatikprofessor Jens Dittrich und sein Doktorand Christian Schön von der Universität des Saarlandes an einem KI-basierten System, das Gewitter genauer als bisher vorhersagen soll.“


Neues Computersystem erkennt Persönlichkeit eines Menschen anhand seiner Augenbewegungen
Focus Online

Saarbrücker Software erkennt Menschen am Augenaufschlag

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Die Zukunftsallee der Saar-Universität

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Der Stuhlsatzenhausweg, an dem schon das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, die Uni-Informatik, die beiden Informatik-Institute der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und das Institut für Neue Materialien zu Hause sind, entwickelt sich damit zur Innovationsachse.

Professor Wahlster in neuer Ethikkommission
Saarbrücker Zeitung


Hochkarätiges Kuratorium für den IT-Inkubator der Universität des Saarlandes

Professor Seidel ist seit 1999 Direktor am Saarbrücker Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik. Im Jahr 2003 erhielt er den Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis, der als wichtigster und höchstdotierter Forschungsförderpreis in Deutschland gilt. Professor Slusallek ist wissenschaftlicher Direktor am Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI).

Formvollendet in 3D

Vertauschte oder fehlende Daten sind die Folge und das digitale Objekt wird ungenau. Hier setzen Informatiker des Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, der Universität des Saarlandes und Mitarbeiter des Halbleiterherstellers Intel an.

DISTRO: Saarbrücker Forscher erstellen digitale Objekte aus unvollständigen 3-D-Daten

„Obwohl die 3D-Scan-Technologie in den vergangenen Jahren einen erheblichen Sprung gemacht hat, ist es immer noch eine Herausforderung, die Geometrie und Form eines realen Objektes digital und automatisiert zu erfassen“, erklärt Mario Fritz, der am Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik die Gruppe „Scalable Learning and Perception“ leitet.

Mit kleinem Sensor die Smartwatch steuern

„Bei Mobilgeräten wie der Smartwatch sind die Bildschirme so klein, dass man mit der einzelnen Berührung nur wenige Steuerungsbefehle auslösen kann“, erklärt Jürgen Steimle, Professor für Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion an der Universität des Saarlandes.

Wir leben in spannenden Zeiten

Saarbrücker Zeitung (Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücken, Hauptausgabe)

Deshalb geht aus meiner Sicht das Saarland den richtigen Weg, größere Forschungsinstitute anzusiedeln und miteinander und mit der Universität zu vernetzen, beispielsweise das neue Helmholtz Institut zur Datensicherheit und das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI).

Das neue Helmholtz-Zentrum lockt IT-Experten ins Saarland

Saarbrücker Zeitung (Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücken, Hauptausgabe)

Bereits heute gibt es mit dem CISPA-Institut ein Kompetenzzentrum für IT-Sicherheit im Saarland mit 140 Mitarbeitern, das sich mit seinen Forschungsergebnissen international einen exzellenten Ruf erarbeitet hat.

Super-Software macht sich schlau

Professor Philipp Slusallek vom Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz in Saarbrücken sieht hingegen die Verwendung des Begriffs „übermenschlich“ als „sehr problematisch“.

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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Lectures and Events

sps 2019 – smart production solutions
Absolventenfeier Informatik
Next Messe
Tag der offenen Tür

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.