"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 (0)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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Semantic 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

Testfabrik AG

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

Extracting knowledge from Big Text

Ambiverse GmbH began in July 2016 as a spin-off from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. The four active founders develop a cloud service that automatically analyzes and understands large quantities of text, such as the Panama Papers.

The Captury

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 (0)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.

Automatically generated language is to adapt to individual users

Automatically generated language is to adapt to individual users

Virtual Worlds become graspable

Virtual Worlds become graspable

Secure linking of databases

Secure linking of databases

Portable electronics

Portable electronics

Software product lines

Software product lines

Stretchable Circuits

Stretchable Circuits

Artificial intelligence predicts lightning

Artificial intelligence predicts lightning

Structural variants in human genomes


Structural variants in human genomes


Software systems should explain their own behavior

Software systems should explain their own behavior

Artificial Intelligence: Recognizing character in the eyes

Artificial Intelligence: Recognizing character in the eyes

Molecular fitness test for amateur athletes

Molecular fitness test for amateur athletes

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

Digital assistant teaches runners healthier running style

Digital assistant teaches runners healthier running style

Saarbrücken start-up offers data analysis with scientific expertise

Saarbrücken start-up offers data analysis with scientific expertise

Computer scientists provide fifth dimension for videos

Computer scientists provide fifth dimension for videos

Saarbrücken Start-up Combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids

Saarbrücken Start-up Combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids

Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface

Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface

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

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

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

Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes

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Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez awarded ERC Starting Grant

Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez, head of the MPI-SWS Human-Centric Machine Learning group, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Over the next five years, his project “Human-Centric Machine Learning” will receive 1.49 million euros, which will allow the group to develop the foundations of human-centric machine learning. In the most recent round for Starting Grants, over 3300 […]

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.

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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.