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
Linguistics and Philosophy
Mathematics and Computer Science
Media Studies
Psychology and Educational Research
Social Science
Management and Economics
Associated Members of the HGI
Prof. Dr. Gilles Barthes Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum
Prof. Dr. Gilles Barthes
Prof. Dr. Marcel Hunecke Professorship for General Psychology, Organizational und Environmental Psychology, FH Dortmund
Prof. Dr. Marcel Hunecke
Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Bernstein Department for Computer Science, University of Illinois
Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Bernstein
Prof. Dr. Martin Johns Institute for Application Security, Technical University Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Martin Johns
Prof. Dr. Holger Boche Chair of Theoretical Information Technology, Technical University of Munich
Prof. Dr. Holger Boche
Prof. Dr. Tanja Lange Chair for Coding Theory and Cryptology, Eindhoven University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Tanja Lange
Prof. Dr. Georg Borges

Chair of Civil Law, Legal Informatics and Legal Theory, Saarland University
Prof. Dr. Georg Borges

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Lemke-Rust Information Security, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Lemke-Rust
Chair of Computer Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lucas Davi
Prof. Dr. (TU NN) Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Pohlmann Institute for Internet Security, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. (TU NN) Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Pohlmann
Prof. Dr. Sascha Fahl Fachgebiet für IT-Sicherheit, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Prof. Dr. Sascha Fahl
Prof. Dr. Konrad Rieck Institute of System Security, Technical University Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Konrad Rieck
Prof. Dr. Tobias Gostomzyk Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund
Prof. Dr. Tobias Gostomzyk
Asi Biega Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Dr.-Ing. Asia Biega
Cătălin Hrițcu Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Dr. habil. Cătălin Hrițcu
Giulio Malavolta Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Dr. Giulio Malavolta
Peter Schwabe Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Prof. Dr. Peter Schwabe
Yasemin Acar Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Dr. Yasemin Acar
Clara Schneidewind Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Bochum
Dr. Clara Schneidewind

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.