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Jörn Müller-Quade is full professor for cryptography and security at KIT, director at the FZI - Reseach Center for Information Technology, and founder and spokes person of the national center of excellence for Cyber Security KASTEL. He is member of the acatech -National Academy of Science and Engineering and current leader of the acatech working group „security“.
He is fascinated by cryptography, because it can solve the seemingly impossible, like a fair coin toss via telephone or secure computations where no-one can manipulate the computation or learns more than what can be learnt by the output of the computation.
Together with his team he has created a voting scheme „Bingo Voting“ which proves to the individual voter that her vote was counted, while keeping the vote secret and avoiding vote buying. He, his team, and the company WIBU Systems invented the software protection mechanism „Blurry Box“, which protects software even against attackers knowing how it’s done. Each of these counterintuitive solutions has won the German IT Security Award, the highest privately funded science award in Germany.
Apart from research and teaching Jörn Müller-Quade is involved in educational exhibitions and art exhibitions. In 2010 he started the Kryptologikum, an exhibition including historical cipher equipment, like the Enigma, and hands on experiments explaining modern cryptography. He contributed to the exhibitions Future Cinema in 2002, Light Art from Artifical Light in 2006, Global Control and Censorship in 2015, and to the current exhibition Open Codes at the ZKM.