An Excellent Network

TU Darmstadt's Department of Computer Science stands at the center of a network of scientific institutions in the Rhine-Main area. Students, researchers and professors benefit from close cooperations. Below you will find an overview of university-internal and external research institutions, in which scientists from the Department of Computer Science are involved.

Internal Institutions

  • AI-DA

    Artificial Intelligence at TU Darmstadt | AI-DA

    Artificial Intelligence at TU Darmstadt (AI•DA) is an initiative of several reserach groups at the TU Darmstadt to coordinate and advance core AI research. According to John McCarthy, one of the founders of the field, AI is “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is related to the similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable.” So, how can computers reason, learn and act? How can computers learn with less help from us and data? How can computers understand images and natural text? How can robots learn to act? What are the computational principle underyling human cognition? And what can machines learn from this? Can AI be made understandable by us? How can intelligent machines and robots cooperate and interact with us in the loop? These are just few examples of the scientific questions AI•DA is addressing in the unique environment provide by the TU Darmstadt, its Computer Science Department and its Centre for Cognitive Science.


  • CYSEC - Cybersecurity [at] TU Darmstadt (CYSEC)

    Within the CYSEC profile area, researchers at Technische Universität Darmstadt study cybersecurity and privacy protection. Over 30 research groups from eight departments (Computer Science, Physics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Social Science and History, Biology, Humanities, and Law and Economic Sciences) of TU Darmstadt are members of CYSEC.


  • Internet and Digitization | InDi

    The internet of the future and digital technologies will facilitate novel ways communicating, collaborating and optimising processes. Intelligent networks provide fast and reliable communication channels. Meshed up with traditional infrastructure (energy, traffic, etc.), new kinds of services, production processes and work processes are evolving based on digitisation.

    Scientists at TU Darmstadt embrace these developments and develop them in the profile area “Internet and Digitisation”. Here you can find a list of these experts, showing their departments and areas of expertise.


  • Centre for Cognitive Science | CogSci

    Establishing cognitive science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt is a long-term commitment across multiple departments. The TU offers a strong foundation including several established top engineering groups in Germany, a prominent computer science department (which is among the top four in Germany), a psychology department emphasizing a natural science approach, a biology department emphasizing a systems approach, and a strong support of interdisciplinarity throughout the university.

    The Core Members form our specific scientific approach and turn the Centre for Cognitive Science into a highly attractive research environment for computational cognitive science and for developing cognitive systems.


  • Centre for Computational Engineering | CCE

    Computational Engineering (CE) is an integral part of the research profile of TU Darmstadt. CE is a modern and multidisciplinary science for computer based modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization of complex engineering applications and natural phenomena. The Centre for Computational Engineering, by advancing the profile topic CE consequently, concentrates all activities in CE at TU Darmstadt. It is organised orthogonally and in addition to existing departments covering the relevant topical disciplines in science and engineering.



External Institutions

  • Center for Research in Security and Privacy | CRISP

    The newly founded competence center is a collaboration between TU Darmstadt – represented by CYSEC, Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT), Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) and the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (h_da). Over 400 researchers are working on topics related to security and privacy. CRISP is funded by the Federal Ministy of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal State of Hesse.

    CRISP evolves from the centers CASED (Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt) and EC SPRIDE (European Center for Security and Privacy by Design).


  • Competence Center for Applied Security Technology | CAST e. V.

    CAST e.V. offers a variety of services in the field of secure modern information technology and is a contact for all questions regarding IT security. Its network of competencies imparts knowledge of IT security technology on all educational levels – from supporting specialization in IT security at the TU Darmstadt, to career-accompanying education. Informational seminars, consultation, workshops and tutorials are how CAST supports the user when choosing the right security technology.


  • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

    Fraunhofer IGD is the world's leading institute for applied research in Visual Computing. Visual Computing is image- and model-based information technology and includes computer graphics, computer vision as well as virtual and augmented reality.

    We develop prototypes and complete solutions based on customer-specific requirements. Our research and development projects are directly applicable to current problems in the economy.


  • Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT is the leading expert for IT Security and develops solutions for immediate use, tailored to the customer's needs. Over 160 highly qualified employees, covering all areas of IT security, make such customized services possible. The staff constitutes the competency foundation for cross-technological services at the highest level.


  • Hessisches Telemedia Technologie Kompetenz-Center

    Der httc e.V. ist ein gemeinnütziger, beim Amtsgericht Darmstadt eingetragener Verein. Der Vereinszweck liegt in der Förderung von Wissenschaft und Forschung, Bil­dung und Erziehung auf dem Gebiet Multimedia-Technologie. Der httc e.V. ist an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt am Fachgebiet Multimedia Kommunikation unter der Leitung von Professor Ralf Steinmetz angesiedelt und kooperiert in allen Bereichen eng mit dem Fachgebiet.


  • German Institute for International Educational Research | DIPF

    The German Institute for International Educational Research supports educational research, educational practice, educational policy and educational administration on the basis of scientific infrastructure services as well as research and educational system evaluations. As a member of the Leibniz Association, DIPF aligns fundamental research with innovative developmental work and its implementation to the benefit of society.