About Us

Research & Group Members

The Research Department HGI currently hosts some 200 scientists, who conduct research in electrical engineering and information technology, mathematics and computer science as well as the humanities and social sciences.

This interdisciplinary environment covers nearly all aspects of IT security, from basic research in cryptography to internet security, security for the Internet of Things, usability and data protection.

Further information about the different research groups and members are listed below:

Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Mathematics and Computer Science
Media Studies
Social Science
Management and Economics
Associated Members of the HGI

Rubin Special Edition IT Security

In June 2016, the RUBIN Special Edition IT Security was published. The science magazine of the Ruhr-University presents the multifaceted research interests of our scientists in a way that is easy to understand and thus provides exciting insights into the work at our institute. You can view the digital version of the complete magazine online. Of course, we will also be happy to send you a printed copy.

Read the digital version (German only)

Rules of Procedure

The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security is located as Research Department HGI (RD HGI) at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). The rules of procedure of the RD HGI are available here (in German only).

Rules of Procedure RD ITS

Gender Sensitive Communication

The HGI attaches great importance to equal opportunites. Outstanding science can only arise in an open culture and a way of thinking that goes beyond the boundaries of gender assignments. This is not only expressed in funding measures and collegial cooperation, but also in the way we communicate.

Within the HGI we have thus agreed on various linguistic techniques to enable gender-sensitive communication.

The Genderstar

To express the diversity of the sexes in language use, we use the so-called "gender star". This asterisk is located between the (german) feminine and masculine gender of the word. It is a symbolic placeholder for diverse and open gender.

Sometimes, however, we use explicit gender attributes, for example when it comes to the concrete fundings of women. We always imply in these cases everyone who consider themselves belonging to that gender, regardless of their biological sex. In some places, we mark this with a standard formulation among our contributions.

  • In other places we use a "consecutive gender star" ( eg in female*researchers), where the asterisk refers to all those considering themselves belonging to that gender.