Open Theses Topics

I am currently offering thesis topics for, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Network covert channels / network steganography
  • Smart buildings / Internet of Things
  • Design and implementation of extensions for selected open source software projects
  • Topics under the umbrella of my funded projects
All mentioned topics require either strong network-level programming skills, knowledge of network protocols and/or skills in information security. If you decide to work on one of these topics, I can offer to support the open source publication of your code and -- given an excellent quality of your thesis -- the co-authorship on a possible academic publication that benefits from your work. Good skills in spoken and written English and skills in the particular field are a plus.

Supervised Theses

I was first or second advisor of the following theses (only successful or ongoing theses are listed):

Master's Theses

  1. E. Taktakidze: Slope as visual encoding feature for BAS sensor data visualization, University of Bonn, 2016. 
  2. D. Balzien: Implementierung einer Covert Channel Detektionsbibliothek auf Basis des Netzwerk Intrusion Detection / Prevention Systems SNORT, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
  3. G. Hodina: Design and Evaluation of a Framework for Information Hiding Patterns, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
  4. M. von W.-M.: Design and evaluation of a BACnet testbed using a network simulator, University of Hagen, 2015.
  5. J. Kaur: Countering Covert Channel-internal Control Protocols with Covert Channel-internal Control Protocols, University of Bonn, 2014.
  6. S. Hauck: Symbolzuweisung in verdeckten Kanälen mit Fehlerschranken, University of Hagen, 2014.
  7. M. Naumann: Kontrollprotokolle für steganografische Kanäle, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  8. J. Naumann: Symbolzuweisung in verdeckten Kanälen bei probabilistischer Mehrfachzuweisung, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  9. P. Backs: Automatisches Routing in einem Mikroprotokoll für Covert-Channel Netze, University of Hagen, 2011/12.

Bachelor's Theses

  1. P. Schuster: Abwehrmechanismen gegen verdeckte Kanäle -- protokollunabhängig und musterpasiert, University of Hagen, 2015/16.
  2. P. Theus: Analyse des Potentials für den Einsatz von Steganografie in automatisierten Gebäuden, University of Bonn, 2015/16.
  3. E. Anhaus: Data Leakage Protection für Gebäude, University of Hagen, 2014.
  4. H. Härpfer: Implementierung eines Snort Normalizers für den BACnet/IP Network-Layer, University of Hagen, 2014.
  5. A. Tost: Analyse der Normalisierungsmöglichkeiten im Kontext von Safety-Funktionen im BACnet, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  6. M. Weg: Implementierung eines Active Wardens für BACnet, University of Hagen, 2013/2014.
  7. R. Wirth: Usability-Ansätze für Forensik in der Gebäudeautomation, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, 2013.
  8. B. Kahler: Das anonyme Netzwerk TOR und versteckte Kommunikation, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, 2011/12.


    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
    • 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.


    Courses for the bureau of the Women's Representative, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences


    • April 2012: Linux-Einsteigerkurs für Studentinnen, Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.
    • April 2011: Linux-Aufbaukurs (Grundlagen der Administration), Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.
    • November 2010: Linux-Einsteigerkurs für Studentinnen, Frauenbüro der Hochschule Augsburg.