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Michael Waidner

Michael Waidner

is member of the Scientific Board of SBA Research, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) and is the director of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE. He is Chair Professor for IT Security at the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt and Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2017 he is also the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the City of Darmstadt.

Research Interests

Michael’s research interest include the areas of security, privacy, cryptography, dependability and fault tolerance.


Michael received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe (now known as KIT) in 1991. In 1994 he joined the IBM Zurich Research Lab in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the research activities in the areas of IT security and privacy. He was one of the initiators of the Zurich Information Security&Privacy Center (ZISC) at the ETH Zurich. In 2006 he moved to IBM in New York. Until 2010 he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer for Security, responsible for the technical security strategy and architecture of the IBM Corporation. In 2010 he left IBM and came to TU Darmstadt.

Michael regularly participates in scientific and technical advisory boards, program committees and conferences. In 2000 and 2002 he co-/chaired the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) and in 2004 and 2005 the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. He is a member of the ESORICS Steering Committee, and co-initiator of the ACM Workshop on Formal Methods in Security Engineering.

Michael authored more than 190 scientific publications and is inventor of more than 20 patents. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and a Member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik.


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