Teaching

Open Theses Topics

I am currently offering thesis topics within, but not limited to, the following areas:
  • network covert channels / network steganography / network information hiding
  • security of smart buildings / Internet of Things (IoT) / smart cities
  • design and implementation of extensions for selected open source software projects
  • topics under the umbrella of my funded projects
All mentioned topics require either network-level programming skills, knowledge of network protocols and/or skills in information security. In general, I support the open source publication of developed code (under the condition of a good code quality). As shown below (indicated by *), I support the publication of scientific results. Moreover, I encourage my students to give public talks about their work. Excellent written and oral communication in the English language, coupled with relevant skills in the chosen research field are considered a strong advantage. Plagiarism results in the rejection of a thesis.

As a researcher who encourages collaboration, progress and originality, I prefer not to sign any NDAs. I strongly encourage my potential students to gain valuable experience in researching and presenting their original work. The skills and experience gained in working with me will have a greater impact in their chosen careers in the future.

Supervised Research-oriented Theses

I have mentored these excellent students in the role of major supervisor for the following theses.

Outstanding Students

While the works of several students have led to peer-reviewed publications, the following students provided above-average scientific contributions.

  1. P. Backs: Automatisches Routing in einem Mikroprotokoll für Covert-Channel Netze, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2011/12.* (international workshop paper; first author)
  2. J. Kaur: Countering Covert Channel-internal Control Protocols with Covert Channel-internal Control Protocols, Master's thesis, University of Bonn, 2014.* (award-winning international workshop paper + paper in ranked international journal; first author each)
  3. E. Anhaus: Data Leakage Protection für Gebäude, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2014.* (national workshop paper; first author)
  4. M. Naumann: Kontrollprotokolle für steganografische Kanäle, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.* (paper in ranked international journal; first author)

Other Mentionable Theses (in reverse chronological order)

    1. F. Link: Ein Vorgehensmodell zur forensischen Detektion der Verwendung von Netzwerksteganographie, Bachelor's thesis, Worms University of Applied Sciences, 2017.
    2. Dr. G. Hodina: Design and Evaluation of a Framework for Information Hiding Patterns, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2016/17.
    3. E. Taktakidze: Slope as visual encoding feature for building automation sensor data visualization, Master's thesis, University of Bonn, 2016. 
    4. D. Balzien: Implementierung einer Covert Channel Detektionsbibliothek auf Basis des Netzwerk Intrusion Detection / Prevention Systems SNORT, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
    5. P. Schuster: Abwehrmechanismen gegen verdeckte Kanäle -- protokollunabhängig und musterpasiert, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
    6. M. von W.-M.: Design and evaluation of a BACnet testbed using a network simulator, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015.
    7. H. Härpfer: Implementierung eines Snort Normalizers für den BACnet/IP Network-Layer, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2014. 
    8. A. Tost: Analyse der Normalisierungsmöglichkeiten im Kontext von Safety-Funktionen im BACnet, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
    9. M. Weg: Implementierung eines Active Wardens für BACnet, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
    10. R. Wirth: Usability-Ansätze für Forensik in der Gebäudeautomation, Bachelor's thesis, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, 2013.* (international conference poster)
    11. B. Kahler: Das anonyme Netzwerk TOR und versteckte Kommunikation, Bachelor's thesis, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, 2011/12.
      * = became either single author or co-author of a peer-reviwed scientific publication to which the thesis contributed (currently n=5 out of 15 listed students; 33%).

      Worms University of Applied Sciences

      • summer term 2017:
        • Network Security (Netzwerksicherheit)
        • Master Seminar II, Adv. Topics of Information Security
        • Operating Systems (Betriebssystemkomponenten)
        • Computer Networks (Rechnernetze)
      • winter term 2016/17:
        • Operating Systems (Betriebssystemkomponenten)
        • Computer Networks (Rechnernetze)
        • Cryptography (Kryptographie)

      University of Bonn 

      • summer term 2016:
        • giving selected lectures on IT security at the M.Sc. level
      • summer term 2015:
        • supervising a master lab [related to network information hiding]
        • giving selected lectures on IT security at the M.Sc. level
      • winter term 2014/15:
        • supervising a master lab [security-related event visualization of building automation environments]
      • summer term 2014:
        • supervising a master seminar student [information hiding research]

       

      Courses and Supervised Projects at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

      • summer term 2014
        • "Data Communication" course
      • winter term 2013/14
        • teaching 'Tunneling, Network Steganography and Covert Channels'
      • summer term 2013
        • (co-)mentoring of four project groups in computer science
          • Informationssystem für sicherheitskritische Komponenten
          • Sicherer Remote-Zugriff auf Automationsanlagen
          • Weiterentwicklung der Wetterstation der HS Augsburg 1: User Interface
          • Weiterentwicklung der Wetterstation der HS Augsburg 2: Systemerweiterung
        • teaching 50% of the course "Data Communication"
        • Supervision of one BSc thesis
      • winter term 2012/13
        • Teaching CS fundamentals in the context of the "Startklar" course
      • summer term 2012
        • teaching 50% of the course "Data Communication"
        • (co-)mentoring of 2 CS student project groups
          • Planungs- und Simulationswerkzeug für virtuelle Kraftwerke
          • Sichere Middleware zur Automatisierten Gebäudesteuerung
        • supvervising different theses
        • leading the HSASec "building automation security" sub-group
        • April 2012: Linux-Einsteigerkurs für Studentinnen, Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.
      • winter term 2011/12
        • supervising two theses
      • summer term 2011
        • teaching 60% of the course "Data Communication" (standing in for Prof. Dr. Rohrmair)
        • co-mentoring of 2 student project groups for the IT4SE research project
          • Entwicklung einer web-basierten eMetering Infrastruktur für private Wohneinheiten
          • Entwicklung eines interaktiven Micro-Grid Simulators
        • co-mentoring "Umweltinformatik" (environmental computer science), Prof. Dr. Scholz.
        • April 2011: Linux-Aufbaukurs für Studentinnen (Grundlagen der Administration), Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.
      • winter term 2010/11:
        • November 2010: Linux-Einsteigerkurs für Studentinnen, Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.