"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, 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

To convert research results into products and licenses, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers a comprehensive infrastructure for the support of start-ups. Saarland University's newly established "Triathlon" organization bundles all activities for the fostering of researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer. It includes an incubator for tech start-ups, ,an internal patent office and comprehensive capacities for intensive support of start-up projects. Software developments are protected by open source and proprietary licenses. In the 2022 edition of the "Gründungsradar" (Start-up Radar), the UdS ranked 2nd among the 59 large German universities.    

Jens Krück
Management Triathlon
+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, and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

Visual Computing

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the University with the Visual Computing master’s degree program as well as the strategic partnership with Google named “Saarbruecken Research Center for Visual Computing, Interaction & AI“: Outstanding, wide-ranging collaborations between research and industry create a highly attractive environment for additional partnerships and new facilities.


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.


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

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
Saarland Informatics Campus
+49 681 302-70150
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R.123
66123 Saarbrücken
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Press Releases and News – The Latest Bits and Bytes


Experts formulate "AI ground rules" for human supervision

Artificial intelligence is already making far-reaching decisions today: Algorithms decide on loans, invitations to job interviews or show where a tumour is hiding. The EU has therefore passed the so-called “AI Act”, which defines how AI should be handled. According to this, “high-risk AI systems” should always be supervised by humans. However, it remains unclear exactly what this means. Experts from Saarland, Dresden and Freiburg have now provided a fundamental answer to this question.


Holding the hands of sick children virtually - result of a student research project

Two media informatics students at Saarland University have developed a technically enhanced cuddly toy and a high-tech glove. With their research, Anna Calmbach and Sophie Kunz want to offer seriously ill children the opportunity to be connected with their parents at a distance. The idea came about when they were looking for topics for their Bachelor’s theses. They will present their results at the “Interaction Design and Children” conference at Delft University.


Tricking the brain: New dimensions of haptics in virtual reality

How can virtual reality (VR) be experienced haptically, i.e., through the sense of touch? This is one of the fundamental questions that modern VR research is investigating. Computer scientist André Zenner, who is based in Saarbrücken, Germany, has come a significant step closer to answering this question in his doctoral thesis – by inventing new devices and developing software-based techniques inspired by human perception. He has now been awarded the prestigious “Best Dissertation Award” at the world’s leading VR conference.

Dates, Lectures and Events

July 2024

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Christian Kaiser @ Archibus Solution Center Germany
  • Summer BBQ | CS Student Council
  • Austausch mit der Community
  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
  • Euro Cup Public Screening - Quarter Final
  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
  • Averting Security Theater: Methods to Investigate and Integrate Secure Experience in a User-Centered Security Design Process
  • Informatik-AG Gymnasium am Schloss
  • Machine learning-based anti-cancer drug treatment optimization
  • 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.