CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

Network of Excellence

CISPA researchers closely collaborate with excellent researchers around the globe. Below you find a selection of
partner institutes and distinguished networks.

International Network (selection)

Grande Region

Saarland University is a Université de la Grande Region, which includes Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate in
Germany as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the French region of Lorraine and Wallonia in Belgium. As
a result of close networking between the partner universities, the cross-border confederation “University of
the Greater Region – UniGR“ aims to increase cross-border collaborations in research and the mobility of
students, scientists and lecturers.

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LORIA, the “Lorraine Research Laboratory in Computer Science and its Applications”, is a joint research unit
of CNRS, the University of Lorraine and INRIA. LORIA’s mission focuses fundamental and applied research in
computer sciences. Bolstered by the 500 people working in the lab, its scientific work is conducted in 27
teams including 16 common teams with INRIA. LORIA is today one of the biggest research labs in Lorraine.

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Luxembourg SnT

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg
targets research and PhD education in one of today’s most important fields of ICT. SnT fosters interaction
and collaboration with industrial, international, and government partners.

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Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)

The University of Maryland created the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) in 2010. MC2 follows a
comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education, research and technology development, stressing
“more-than-tech” interdisciplinary solutions. MC2 brings together experts from computer science and
engineering with colleagues from fields such as economics and the social sciences to establish
broad-based cybersecurity initiatives.

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Within the framework of the European Excellence Initiative, CISPA cooperates with the EIT ICT Labs.
The newly established European Institute of Innovation & Technology is set to reshape the
European innovation landscape and offers new solutions to fill current gaps in innovation. CISPA is
making key contributions in the area of IT security, not only in cutting-edge research, but also in
the training of young scientists: With CISPA, the international master’s degree program in IT
Security and Privacy gains a first-class site for education with internationally-recognized faculty
in security research.

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The Indo-German Max Planck Center for Computer Science (IMPECS) is a joint research center with the
objective of bringing together outstanding basic research in India and Germany. IMPECS mediates
between Indian and German areas of computer science and deepens the scientific cooperation between
the two countries. Furthermore, IMPECS is a center of excellence in which faculty and students can
build their careers.

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Local Network (selection)


Informatik Saarland

With eight internationally renown institutes for computer science, 500 researchers and 1,700 students
University has a unique campus for excellent computer science research and education. Additionally, the
has been repeatedly awarded “Gründerhochschule” for its entrepreneurial spririt, creating more than 80
spin-offs and
600 jobs in recent years.

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The DFG-supported Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” (MMCI) is dedicated to basic
and technology development in all aspects of modern communication and human-computer interaction. IT
security is an
integral part of the Cluster.

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The Software-Cluster in southwest Germany is Europe’s Silicon Valley. In the cluster region around Darmstadt,
Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf more than 11,000 software companies are located, with
120,000 employees. In the Software-Cluster the large German enterprise software companies as well as a
number of
innovative small and medium enterprises, research centers and universities cooperate and jointly develop the
software of the future. In addition, the Software-Cluster supports enhanced networking, education and
training, and
technology transfer.

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Schloss Dagstuhl

Schloss Dagstuhl (Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH) is the internationally-recognized meeting center
computer science under the direction of Prof. Raimund Seidel. This is where top international
highly promising young scientists, and practitioners meet to discuss their current research. Schloss
promotes basic and applied research, continuing and advanced scientific education, and knowledge
between the areas of research and applications.

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The Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) is an internationally-oriented cluster for
security research and development. Supported by TU Darmstadt, Fraunhofer SIT and the Darmstadt
University of
Applied Sciences, researchers work on IT security solutions and bring them into commercial use. The
Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC-SPRIDE) complements the IT security research of CASED and
is a
BMBF-funded partner competence center for cyber security to CISPA.

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The Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie (KASTEL) is one of the three
competence centers for cyber security. The goal of KASTEL is the development and continuous
integration of
secure applications. Eleven research groups of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) work
on IT
security for intelligent infrastructure, cloud computing and public security.

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