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
    • CCEAP Evaluation: this thesis is split into two parts. Firstly, it is the implementation of a GUI with educational elements for the open source tool CCEAP. The second part involves planing and performing a study with students to evaluate the new GUI elements.
    • Implementation and evaluation of selected countermeasures for network covert channels.
  • 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.

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.

  • P. Backs: Automatisches Routing in einem Mikroprotokoll für Covert-Channel Netze, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2011/12.* (international workshop paper; first author)
  • 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)
  • E. Anhaus: Data Leakage Protection für Gebäude, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2014.* (national workshop paper; first author)
  • 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)

  • F. Link: Ein Vorgehensmodell zur forensischen Detektion der Verwendung von Netzwerksteganographie, Bachelor's thesis, Worms University of Applied Sciences, 2017.
  • Dr. G. Hodina: Design and Evaluation of a Framework for Information Hiding Patterns, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2016/17.
  • E. Taktakidze: Slope as visual encoding feature for building automation sensor data visualization, Master's thesis, University of Bonn, 2016. 
  • D. Balzien: Implementierung einer Covert Channel Detektionsbibliothek auf Basis des Netzwerk Intrusion Detection / Prevention Systems SNORT, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
  • P. Schuster: Abwehrmechanismen gegen verdeckte Kanäle -- protokollunabhängig und musterpasiert, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
  • M. von W.-M.: Design and evaluation of a BACnet testbed using a network simulator, Master's thesis, University of Hagen, 2015.
  • H. Härpfer: Implementierung eines Snort Normalizers für den BACnet/IP Network-Layer, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2014. 
  • A. Tost: Analyse der Normalisierungsmöglichkeiten im Kontext von Safety-Funktionen im BACnet, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  • M. Weg: Implementierung eines Active Wardens für BACnet, Bachelor's thesis, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  • R. Wirth: Usability-Ansätze für Forensik in der Gebäudeautomation, Bachelor's thesis, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, 2013.* (international conference poster)
  • 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

    • winter term 2017/18:
      • Security and Privacy in the Internet of Things, Master Mobile Comp.
      • Cryptography (Kryptographie), Bachelor CS 
      • Operating Systems (BSK), Bachelor CS
      • Computer Networks (Rechnernetze), Bachelor Business Informatics
    • summer term 2017:
      • Master Seminar II, Adv. Topics of Information Security, Master Mobile Comp.
      • Network Security (Netzwerksicherheit), Bachelor CS
      • Operating Systems (Betriebssystemkomponenten) , Bachelor CS
      • Computer Networks (Rechnernetze), Bachelor Business Informatics
    • winter term 2016/17:
      • Operating Systems (Betriebssystemkomponenten), Bachelor CS
      • Computer Networks (Rechnernetze), Bachelor Business Informatics
      • Cryptography (Kryptographie), Bachelor CS

    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.