Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner

SIT Research Group, Chair
Fraunhofer SIT, Director
ATHENE, Director

Michael Waidner is the chair professor for Security in Information Technology at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Department for Computer Science, and the Director (Institutsleiter) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology. He is director of ATHENE, the National Reserach Center for Applied Cybersecurity, and a Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Fraunhofer SIT/IL@HUJI) and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2017 he is also the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the City of Darmstadt.

Michael Waidner took his current position in Darmstadt in October 2010. From 1994 to 2010 he held various technical and management positions with the IBM Corporation. Until 2006 he was with IBM Research in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, as a Senior Manager responsible for IBM Zurich's security and software research projects, and responsible for IBM Research's worldwide agenda in security and privacy. During that time he co-initiated the IBM Privacy Research Institute, which he led until 2006, and the Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC), a joint research center hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). In 2006 he joined the IBM Software Group in Somers, NY, USA. Until he left IBM he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer for Security for the IBM Corporation and the Chair of the IBM Security Architecture Board. At IBM he received several Outstanding Technical/Innovation Achievement awards and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology for his work in security research and development, in particular in the areas of cryptography and cryptographic protocols, privacy and identity management, Web Services security and risk and compliance management.

From 1986 to 1994 he was a researcher at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Karlsruhe, Germany, where he received a Diploma and Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in Computer Science, in 1986 and 1991, respectively.

Michael Waidner 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 ("Oakland"). He is a member of the ESORICS Steering Committee, and co-initiator of the ACM Workshop on Formal Methods in Security Engineering.

He has co-/authored more than 190 scientific and technical publications in the areas of security, privacy, cryptography, dependability and fault tolerance. He has co-/invented more than 20 patents.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and a Member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. AMINER.ORG lists him as one of the 2016 Most Influential Scholars in Security.


Editorial Boards & Steering Committees

Program Committees

  • 2017 European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), Oslo, Norway, September 2017
  • 2017 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), Minneapolis, USA, July 2017
  • 5. VDI-Fachkonferenz Industrial IT Security 2017, Darmstadt, Germany, June 2017 (Chair)
  • 2017 International Symposium on Cyber Security, Cryptography and Machine Learning (CSCML), Be'er Sheva, Israel, June 2017 

Past program committees since 2011 are listed here.