From 1998 to 2001 he studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Saarland and received his doctorate in computer science in 2002 with the subject of "Computationally Sound Analysis of Security Protocols". He then spent three years at IBM Research - Zurich in Rüschlikon and in 2005 was appointed professor at the University of Saarland to the chair of information security and cryptography . From 2007 to 2017 he headed a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems as a Max Planck Fellow; since 2007 he has also been Principal Investigator and Vice-Coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI). Since 2011 he has been the director of the Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) and the Helmholtz Center for Information Security that emerged from it . In addition, he founded Backes SRT GmbH in Saarbrücken in 2010.
His lectures have already been awarded the prize for the best teaching in computer science at the Saarland University three times (2007, 2009, 2014).
His research focus is information security, in particular the design and analysis of security-critical applications as well as the protection of privacy in the digital world.
Awards and prizes (selection)
- Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize (2019)
- Member of the German Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) (2015)
- Germany digital minds (2014)
- IEEE Outstanding Community Award (2014)
- ERC Synergy Grant for the imPACT project (2013)
- IEEE Outstanding Community Award (2011)
- MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 (2009)
- ERC Starting Grant for the END2END Security project (2009)
- IBM Faculty Award (2008)
- Fellow of the Max Planck Society (2007)
- Microsoft Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (2004)
Scientific activities (selection)
Michael Backes was head of the program committee of the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (2013,2014) and the IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (2010,2011). He is also a member of the steering committee of both conferences and the European ESORICS Symposium.
Michael Backes has published more than 150 papers in the field of IT security.
Backes received bitter criticism throughout Germany in 2011 for his idea of a “digital eraser” with the “X-pire!” Software. The computer expert Jürgen Kuri from the specialist magazine c't called the software developed by Backes a “stillbirth” in this context.
- Literature by and about Michael Backes in the catalog of the German National Library
- Homepage of Michael Backes at Saarland University
- Homepage of the competence center for IT security at Saarland University: CISPA
- Homepage of the ERC Synergy Grant imPACT
- List of publications by Michael Backes at DBLP
- List of publications by Michael Backes on Google Scholar
- Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction , accessed January 25, 2015
- Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) , accessed January 25, 2015
- Backes SRT GmbH , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of prizes for the best teaching in computer science at Saarland University ( Memento of the original from January 28, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed January 25, 2015
- Press release from Saarland University on acatech admission , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the award-winning digital minds in 2014 , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the previous IEEE Outstanding Community Award winners , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the recipients of the ERC Synergy Grant 2013 , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Link to Michael Backes' profile page at the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the recipients of the ERC Staring Grant 2009 , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the recipients of the IBM Faculty Award 2008 , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Overview of the Microsoft Award for Outstanding Research in PETs 2004 , accessed on January 25, 2015
- IEEE Symposiums on Security & Privacy , accessed January 25, 2015
- IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposiums , accessed January 25, 2015
- European Symposium on Research in Computer Security , accessed January 25, 2015
- List of publications by Michael Backes at DBLP , accessed on January 25, 2015
- List of publications by Michael Backes at Google Scholar , accessed on January 25, 2015
- Eraser with weaknesses. In: sueddeutsche.de. January 25, 2011, accessed August 24, 2018 .
- Peter Welchering: What is in the network stays. In: FAZ.net . January 14, 2011, accessed October 13, 2018 .
- Ekkehard Kern: consumer advocate: "digital eraser" gets bad report. In: welt.de . January 24, 2011, accessed October 7, 2018 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German computer scientist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 7, 1978|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lebach , Germany|