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Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
66123 Saarbrücken (Germany)

Awards (selection)

2023: ACM Fellow

2019: Karl-Heinz Beckurts Prize

2018: IEEE Fellow

2018: Honorary Doctorate

2017: NSA Cybersecurity Research Award

2017: IEEE Golden Core Award

2017: CNIL-INRIA Privacy Award

2014: ERC Synergy Grant

2014: IEEE Outstanding Community Service Award

2011: IEEE Outstanding Community Service Award

2009: MIT TR35

2009: ERC Starting Grant

2008: IBM Faculty Award

2007: Fellow of the German Max Planck Society

2005: IBM Outstanding Achievement Award for Linking Formal Verification and Cryptography

2005: IBM Research Division Award for contributions to Web Services Security

2004: Microsoft Award for outstanding research in privacy enhancing technologies

2004: IBM Outstanding Achievement Award for contributions to Enterprise Privacy Architectures

2002: VDI Diploma Thesis Award

2001: Scholarship of the DFG graduate studies program ”Quality Guarantees for Computer Systems”

Short Bio

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Backes is founding director and CEO of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security. His current research focuses on innovative methods for the protection of personal data, especially in medicine, as well as on trustworthy methods for machine learning and on universal solutions for software and system security. In recent years, he has had a significant international impact on the scientific field of cybersecurity. His research results are documented in more than 300 publications in the leading international journals and conference proceedings. His research has been awarded with scientifically renowned prizes, in particular with the ERC Synergy Grant as the highest endowed EU research prize.  He was the first German researcher to receive the international MIT TR35 Award. This prize is awarded interdisciplinary, to the world's best researchers under 35 years of age, whose achievements will have a "dramatic impact" on the world. Director Michael Backes, as of today, is the youngest member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences "acaTech" and is regularly listed in rankings as one of Germany's most important IT personalities. As one of Germany's digital minds, he was honored by former Federal Minister Johanna Wanka.  He holds an honorary doctorate by the Université de Lorraine and is a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2019 he was awarded the Karl-Heinz Beckurts Prize and in 2023, he was appointed ACM Fellow.



CV: Last stations

Since 2017
CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security - Founding Director and Chairman (CEO)
Since 2005
Saarland University - Professor
CISPA, Saarland University - Scientific Director
2007 - 2017
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems - Max Planck Fellow

Publications by Michael Backes

Year 2018

Conference / Medium

27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 18)

Conference / Medium

DIMVADetection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA '18)

Conference / Medium

In Proceedings of the 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland). San Francisco, CA, May 2018.

Conference / Medium

IEEE European Symposium on Security and PrivacyIEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy

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The Web ConferenceThe Web Conference

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Proceedings of the 25th Annual Symposium on Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS '18).