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Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath

University of Hamburg | GI President

Hannes Federrath studied computer science from 1989 to 1994 and received his doctorate in 1998 from the Technical University of Dresden in the field of mobile communication security. From 1994 to 1999 he was a research assistant and later senior engineer in the area of information and coding theory with Prof. Andreas Pfitzmann. From 1999 to 2000, he was a visiting scientist at the International Computer Science Institute Berkeley, California. Between 2000 and 2001, he held a professorship at the Freie Universität Berlin and subsequently headed the security group as a senior research assistant. From 2003 to 2011, Prof. Federrath held a chair in Information Systems with a special focus on the management of information security. Since 2011, he has been head of the Security in Distributed Systems (SVS) research group at the University of Hamburg. His areas of work are cybersecurity, security management, cryptography, mobile computing, and privacy-friendly techniques. Current research projects include critical infrastructure protection, interdisciplinary aspects of IT security, protection of patient data in medical registries, and monitoring of IT systems for attack detection and mitigation. Since 2018, he has been president of the German Informatics Society (GI), the professional society of computer scientists in Germany.