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. In 2019, he was awarded the Karl Heinz Beckurts Price.