Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner (Fraunhofer SIT and CDO Darmstadt)

Professor Dr. Michael Waidner is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt as well as director of the National Research Center for Applied Cyber Security CRISP. He holds a lecture of computer science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, a visiting lecture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is in charge of the development work at the Fraunhofer Project Center there. Since 2017, Michael has also been Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the City of Darmstadt.
He received his doctorate from the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT) in 1991 and joined the IBM Zurich Research Lab in Rüschlikon in 1994. Until 2006, he was in charge of research in the field of IT security and data protection and was one of the initiators of the Zurich Information Security Center (ZISC) at ETH Zurich. He then moved to IBM in New York, where he was IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for Security until 2010, responsible for the technical security strategy and architecture of IBM Corporation. Since 2010 he has been department director and professor in Darmstadt.

Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser (TU Darmstadt)

Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser is head of the Telecooperation Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Informatics Dept. His Lab conducts research on smart ubiquitous computing environments for the ‘pervasive Future Internet’ in three research fields: middleware and large network infrastructures, novel multimodal interaction concepts, and human protection in ubiquitous computing (privacy, trust, & civil security). He heads or co-supervises various multilateral projects, e.g., on the Internet-of-Services, smart products, ad-hoc and sensor networks, and civil security; these projects are funded by the National Funding Agency DFG, the EU, German ministries, and industry. Max is heading the doctoral school Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users and serves as deputy speaker of the collaborative research center MAKI on the Future Internet and of the center for infrastructure-less emergency response NICER. Max has also led several university wide programs that fostered E-Learning research and application. In his career, Max put a particular emphasis on technology transfer, e.g., as the founder and mentor of several campus-based industrial research centers.