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 .

Michael Backes
Prof. Dr. | Faculty

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Backes is the director of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) and a full professor at the Computer Science Department of Saarland University where he holds the chair for Information Security and Cryptography. He is moreover a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the speaker of the SFB on Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy, and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI).


  • 2004 – IBM Outstanding Achievement Award for contributions to Enterprise Privacy Architectures;
  • 2004 – Microsoft Award for outstanding research in privacy enhancing technologies;
  • 2005 – IBM Research Division Award for contributions to Web Services Security;
  • 2007 – Fellow of the Max Planck Society;
  • 2007 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
  • 2008 – IBM Faculty Award;
  • 2009 – ERC Starting Grant;
    END2END Security
  • 2009 – MIT TR35;
  • 2009 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
  • 2011 – IEEE Outstanding Community Award;
  • 2013 – ERC Synergy Grant;
    imPACT: Privacy, Accountability, Compliance, and Trust in Tomorrow's Internet
  • 2014 – IEEE Outstanding Community Award;
  • 2014 – CS Teaching Award of Saarland University;
  • 2014 – acatech Academy Membership;
  • 2017 – CNIL-Inria Award for Privacy Protection 2016;
    CNIL-Inria Award for Privacy Protection for his paper \"ADSNARK: nearly practical and privacy-preserving proofs on authenticated data\" (Co-authors: Manuel Barbosa, Dario Fiore, and Raphael M. Reischuk).