About the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity

Structure of the Program

The program starts with a preparatory postdoc phase at CISPA of 1-2 years (Phase P). This phase is followed by a two-year research stay at Stanford University as a visiting assistant professor (Phase I). The program is concluded by taking the lead of a research group at CISPA for up to three years (Phase II).

The concept of the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity follows the BMBF-funded Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication (MPG-VCC), which has been established in 2003 between the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Stanford University.

Organizational Structure of the CISPA-Stanford Center

The organizational structure of the center is depicted in the following diagram. The mentioned bodies are further explained in the following sections.


Directorate of the Center

At CISPA the Center is directed by Professor Michael Backes, professor of Computer Science and director of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability. At Stanford, the Center is directed by Professor John Mitchell, Professor of Computer Science and currently vice provost of Stanford.

Michael Backes

Michael Backes

Michael Backes is a full professor at the Computer Science Department of Saarland University and a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. He has the chair for Information Security and Cryptography.

Moreover he is the director of CISPA, and a Principal Investigator and Vice-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI). Furthermore he is the Speaker of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) on "Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy" (SFB1223).

John Mitchell

John C. Mitchell

John C. Mitchell is professor of computer science and (by courtesy) electrical engineer at Stanford University. He has published in the area of programming language theory and computer security.

He is the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University, the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, co-director of the Stanford Computer Security Lab, and Professor (by courtesy) of Education. He is a member of the steering committee for Stanford University’s Cyber Initiative.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of an independent group of senior leaders in the field who will review the work of the Center annually and submit a report summarizing their finding to Stanford University and Saarland University.

The members of the Advisory Board are the following: