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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Backes

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Curriculum Vitae

On a Glance

Michael Backes is the Founding Director and CEO of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security. His current research focuses on the development of methods for protecting personal data, especially medical data; investigating trustworthy methods for Machine Learning as well as universal solutions in Software and System Security. Over the last years, Mr. Backes has significantly shaped the scientific field of Cybersecurity – on a national as well as an international level. His research findings are documented in over 250 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious international journals and conference proceedings and have been honored with highly renowned awards, in particular the ERC Synergy Grant, the EU’s most distinguished research award. In 2009, Mr. Backes was Germany’s first researcher to receive the MIT TR35 Award: the best 35 researchers worldwide below the age of 35, across all disciplines, whose “accomplishments are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it”. He is the youngest member to date in acaTech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, is regularly listed in numerous rankings as one of Germany´s most influential IT personalities, and was distinguished by the former Federal Minister Johanna Wanka as one of Germany’s digital heads. He has received a honorary doctorate by Université de Lorraine and is an IEEE Fellow.

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Awards and Honors

Scientific Awards:

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
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”

Honors beyond the Scientific Community:

2015
Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2015
Teaching Award of the State of Saarland
2014
Named one of Germany’s Digital Minds by Federal Minister Wanka
2014
CS Teaching Award of Saarland University
2009
MIT TR35 (35 most outstanding researchers / innovators under the age of 35 worldwide)
2010/11
Top-40 of German IT people, ranking of Computerwoche
2010 - 2014
Top-40-under-40 of German researchers, ranking of Capital
2009
CS Teaching Award of Saarland University
2007
CS Teaching Award of Saarland University

Scientific Professional Activities (Selection)

Technical Program (PC) Chair:

2018
ACM Computer and Communication Security Conference (CCS)
2016
IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P)
2014
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P)
2013
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P)
2011
IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF)
2010
IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF)
2009
European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS)
2006
Information Security Conference (ISC)

Steering Committee Member:

2015 - present
IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P, chair)
2013 – present
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P)
2010 – present
IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF)
2009 – present
European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS)
2003 – 2008
ACM Workshop on Formal Methods in Systems Engineering (FMSE)

Editorial Responsibilities:

2016 – present
CACM’s Research Highlights
2014 – present
Foundations and Trends in Security and Privacy, Editorial Board
2012 – 2013
Journal of Computer Security, Editor
2007 – 2012
International Journal of Information Security, Editorial Board