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Joint Science Conference (GWK) approves plans

Ruhr Area to Host New Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy

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The most crucial step towards the foundation of the Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy in North Rhine-Westphalia has been accomplished: On 3 May 2019, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) agreed to plans to locate the institute in Bochum.

RUB (Ruhr University Bochum) and TU Dortmund University joined forces to bring the institute to the region: TU Dortmund has extensive expertise in the field of information technology. Its Faculty of Computer Science was one of Germany’s first university computer science facilities and today numbers among the largest nationwide, covering a broad spectrum of computer science topics that scarcely any other in Germany can match. “The field of IT security complements perfectly our research strengths in the areas of artificial intelligence and big data,” says Professor Ursula Gather, Rector of TU Dortmund University. RUB hosts the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security with the Cluster of Excellence “Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries” (in short CASA).

The new Max Planck Institute (MPI) will concentrate on basic research at top in­ter­na­tio­nal level in the fields of cyber security, cryptography, IT system security as well as the legal, economic and social aspects of security and privacy. It plans to cover the entire spectrum from theory to data-driven studies to empirical research and to network closely with external researchers engaged in computer science, physics, mathematics, social sciences, economics and law.

Cutting-edge research “Made in North Rhine-Westphalia”

“With the Horst Görtz Institute, the universities of Bochum and Dortmund, a large number of innovative IT companies and a lively start-up community, the region has developed into a well-known hotspot for IT security. The new institute currently in the planning with its research work on central topics of future importance will profit from this,” said Armin Laschet, Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia. “Bochum and Metropolis Ruhr provide an ideal environment for investigating key technologies in the field of cyber security. We want to further expand and network innovative cutting-edge research ‘Made in North Rhine-Westphalia’”.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Culture and Science, praised the excellent possibilities for collaboration in leading-edge research at the new Max Planck Institute. “The state government is committed to creating a solid foundation for the new institute. Our objective is to establish a center of excellence for basic research and the training of young researchers in the field of cyber security and privacy,” she announced.

When completed, the Max Planck Institute will have six departments, twelve Max Planck Research Groups and an annual operating budget of around € 20 million.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".

Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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