Informatics is a core discipline in Saarland University's profile. From its beginnings in 1969, the endeavor has been interdisciplinary, with strong links from computer science to computational linguistics, psychology, biology and medicine, business, and engineering. The Department of Computer Science soon gained wide recognition and received substantial funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for large collaborative research projects. The quality of the ongoing research has attracted other players to the university campus: the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. All institutions collaborate closely with one another. They joined forces and in Germany's Excellence Initiative for supporting cutting-edge research and doctoral education they were awarded both a Cluster of Excellence (Multimodal Computing and Interaction) and a Graduate School starting in 2007. Since then the establishment of the Intel Visual Computing Institute and of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability have further strengthened our research portfolio. Saarbrücken computer science has reached a uniquely prominent position in the German and European computer science research and academic landscape. Saarland University's computer science department was the nucleus and remains at the core of this development. Most of the founding directors at the various institutes came from the department and continue to be faculty members. All this provides a foundation for exceptional teaching. Over 1.700 students are enrolled in several Bachelors' and Masters' programs in informatics at the university and some 375 students are pursuing a doctorate in computer science. They can draw on the expertise of almost 200 researchers at the professorial and post-doc level. With this remarkable student-faculty ratio and the overall research and academic quality of the location Saarbrücken is the place to be for a budding computer scientist.