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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 18 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


18 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

Journalist’s Award for Computer Science awarded at Saarland University

In the evening, State Secretary Henrik Eitel will award the Journalism Prize for Information Technology 2019, worth 5000 euros, to editors of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bavarian Broadcasting and the Austrian daily newspaper “Der Standard”. The award ceremony will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. The State Chancellery of Saarland financed the […]

Lecture “Ethics for Nerds” at Saarland University wins “Hochschulperle” 2019

The lecture “Ethics for Nerds” had already been awarded University Pearl of the Month by the Stifterverband für Deutsche Wissenschaft in January 2019, and therefore was also eligible to be voted University Pearl of the Year in the election that ended today. First place was awarded both to the lecture at Saarland University and to […]

Wolfgang Wahlster received honorary degree from Czech Technical University

Today professor Wolfgang Wahlster was awarded an honorary title doctor honoris causa during ceremonial assembly of the Scientific Council of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The scientific council justified the award with the following words: “Professor Wahlster is one of the most prominent figures of the German artificial intelligence and a scientific god-father of […]

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.


Mehr Juniorprofessuren für die Saar-Universität

Mit den Juniorprofessuren sollen gezielt Schwerpunkte der Saar-Uni gestützt werden, darunter Informatik, NanoBioMed sowie Entwicklungen in der Lehre, etwa im Fach Psychologie.

Saarbrücker Informatiker testen neue Fitness-App

Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücken (Hauptausgabe)

Das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz in Saarbrücken sucht Testpersonen für eine Gesundheits-App, die Daten zu Fitness, Ernährung, Gesundheit und Hobbys auswertet.

KI-Experte zu SUV-Unfall: So hätte autonomes Fahren Menschenleben retten können (t3n digital pioneers)

Christian Müller, ein Experte für autonomes Fahren am DFKI, erklärt, was ein autonomes Auto können müsste, um ähnliche Unfälle wie in Berlin zu verhindern. … Wir haben Christian Müller, den Experten des Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz gefragt, wann KI einen ähnlichen Unfall verhindern könnte.

Risiko im Geisterhaus

Der Saarbrücker Informatiker Christoph Sorge konnte etwa die Signale einzelner Türsensoren im Rauschen der Daten identifizieren.

Saar-Uni stellt am Freitag ihren neuen IT-Studiengang vor

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Die Saar-Universität hat nun den den neuen Studiengang „Data Science and Artificial Intelligence“ eingerichtet.

Raus aus dem Tal der Tränen

DUZ - Magazin für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft

Zweimal hatte die Universität des Saarlandes Erfolg im Exzellenzwettbewerb. In der dritten Runde schied sie überraschend aus. Nach dem Schock rappelte sie sich wieder auf. Inzwischen gibt es einen Plan B für die Zukunft.


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.

Philipp Zapf-Schramm
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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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.