"A true flagship campus, around which an incubator for start-ups could be built." - Angela Merkel

Saarland, a place for innovation – science and industry on the same wavelength

The application-oriented interplay of research, business and policy makes the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) the leading IT location in Europe, with outstanding importance for Germany as a place for innovation. With over 30 research fields and 1,000 employees, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the Center for Bioinformatics, the Cluster for Multimodal Computing and Interaction, and Saarland University cover the entire range of topics in computer science. Superbly trained young talent, in particular for IT firms, is therefore guaranteed. Through its exceptional breadth, the SIC is able not only to continually expand its worldwide research network, but also to take part in a multitude of collaborations with industry partners both inside and outside of Germany. Within Germany these include Siemens, Adidas, Deutsche Post, Airbus Operations and the BMW “Research and Technology” group in Munich. Internationally, the Saarland Informatics Campus works together with major global concerns such as Microsoft, Adobe, Intel and Google – and with success, as the most recent establishment of the ZF Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Center on the campus impressively demonstrates.

An IT Incubator on campus, more than 80 spin-offs in the last 10 years, and membership in the Software Cluster, a nationwide network of businesses and research facilities for business software development, also make the SIC attractive for entrepreneurs. Saarland University is ranked second for start-up funding by the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany), and has been designated as an “EXIST Start-up Campus” by the Federal Ministry for Business and Technology.

Great things always start small.

The team at SIC is happy to advise and support all interested parties at any time!

Technology Transfer: Collaboration and Investment

In order to transform research results into products and licenses, all institutes of the Saarland Informatics Campus work closely with the entrepreneurship organizations of the state and federal governments. The Competence Center also makes businesses aware of opportunities to collaborate with scientists. The on-site IT-Incubator, supported by the university, the state, and the Max Planck Society, helps scientists to protect their ideas with patents and to make them usable by business and industry, and supports the establishment of new IT businesses that provide numerous jobs for the region. This breadth makes the campus highly attractive for top international companies.

Jens Krück
Head of the Business Cooperation Center
+49 681 302-3548
Campus A1 1
66123 Saarbrücken
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Our expertise for you

IT Security

Spectacular security holes are making daily headlines. With the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) on campus, companies have the best conditions to benefit from numerous synergies in security research

Big Data Science

Sensible and efficient search through enormous quantities of data, as well as meaningful linking of data in order to find desired information, already offer great potential for commercial applications. Saarbrücken computer science is also very well positioned in this discipline, with research groups in the Department of Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the Cluster of Excellence.

Visual Computing

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the University with the Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” and the Visual Computing master’s degree program as well as the founding of the Intel Visual Computing Institute: Outstanding, wide-ranging collaborations between research and industry create a highly attractive environment for additional partnerships and new facilities.

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Sematic Web

Getting computers to understand information as quickly and robustly as humans do is a challenge that companies like Microsoft, Google, and IBM have been taking on for decades. Saarland University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have already established intensive industry contacts in this area, through doctoral stipends and joint projects.

Automotive Industry

Both in large collaborative research projects as well as in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, there very are close connections with the most important representatives of the German and European automotive industry. Here the specialized expertise of Saarbrücken researchers comes into play.

Pharmaceuticals

In particular through the Center for Bioinformatics, there are close connections to the pharmaceutical industry. Cooperative efforts deal with algorithms-based analysis and diagnostics, but also overlap with the field of Visual Computing, including via so-called visual screening.

Selected Start-ups

D:AI:MOND Team
Start-up for high-calibre data analysis

Four renowned computer science experts of Saarland University have founded the consulting firm “D:AI:MOND”. Their “Data Science Consulting” is based on the latest research findings. In this way, the scientists want to provide their customers with sound advice

Ambiverse Team
Discovering the digital world through play

The team of Foldio has made it their mission to prepare as many children as possible for the digital world at an early stage and in a playful way – with innovative toys made of conductive paper and with an app. The idea was born at a Startup Weekend at Saarland University in 2017.

Captury Team
Capturing reality

Recognizing how multiple people are moving, within only milliseconds? The technology of the Captury, founded in July 2013 through the Max Planck Institute for Infomatics, helps animation specialists in Hollywood, as well as doctors and athletes.

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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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.

Significant contribution to the “Rust” programming language
Significant contribution to the “Rust” programming language
Research on the interplay of hardware and software
Research on the interplay of hardware and software
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 Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

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CHE Master Ranking: Computer Science at Saarland University Receives Excellent Scores

The Centre for Higher Education (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung CHE) today published its ranking for the master’s programs in computer science, mathematics and physics. Computer Science at Saarland University reaches the top group in several categories. The ranking is based on student evaluations. For the first time, a special survey was conducted to inquire about studying during the Corona pandemic. The results show that computer science master’s students at Saarland University are [...]

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Wolfgang Wahlster accepted as foreign member of the Czech Academy of Engineering Sciences

On November 23, 2021, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster was accepted as a foreign member of the Czech Academy of Engineering Sciences (Cena Inženýrské akademie České republiky, EACR) in Prague, which has the German Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) as a partner. EACR also represents the Czech Republic in Euro-CASE, the European association of all academies of technology sciences.

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Kurt Mehlhorn is Saarland Ambassador

Kurt Mehlhorn has officially been a “Saarland Ambassador” since November 2021. The founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken and professor of computer science at Saarland University had already been a Saarland Ambassador since 2020, and received his certificate of appointment at the annual meeting of Saarland Ambassadors in November 2021 from Saarland Minister President Tobias Hans and Prof. Michael Backes, founding director of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security and spokesperson for Saarland Ambassadors.

Dates, Lectures and Events

December 2021

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  • Talk on "Semantic Congruence Closure Algorithms" by Deepak Kapur (University of New Mexico; Guest Researcher RG1)
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  • PhD Thesis Defense: Counting Patterns in Strings and Graphs
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Seminar "Informatische Bildung"
  • Face-to-face workshop “Entrepreneurship for Scientists” by GraduSaar
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  • PhD Thesis Defense: Health Privacy: Methods for privacy-preserving data sharing of methylation, micro-biome and eye tracking data
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  • PhD Thesis Defense: Enhancing Explainability and Scrutability of Recommender Systems
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Seminar "Informatische Bildung"
  • Online-Vortrag: "Digital Reality: Models as the Basis for Understanding the World"
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
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  • Schülerlabor: CoderDojo
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  • Seminar "Informatische Bildung"
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  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss

IT Theme Nights – Entrepreneurs, Citizens and Researchers Exchange Ideas

With the “IT Theme Night” event series, the Competence Center for Computer Science, the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Liaison Office (KWT), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Zentrale für Produktivität und Technologie Saar e.V. (ZPT/saar.is) facilitate interchange among scientists, citizens, and technology users in small and medium-sized businesses from the region. These events link the latest findings from computer science research with the the needs of professional end-users.