Modeling and Analysis of Information Systems


The aim of our research is to make software-based systems more trustworthy (i.e. secure, safe, and correct) than they are today. As software engineering is a complex and error-prone task, we employ formal methods for reasoning about information systems and critical system properties. We investigate software systems on the level of code (source code and machine code) as well as on the level of more abstract system specifications. This allows us to provide support for different stages of software development. More details can be found in the Research and Projects sections.

We coordinate the DFG priority program RS3 (Reliably Secure Software Systems) that is lead by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Mantel since 2010. This involves the organization of multiple events each year, most prominently the annual meeting and the staff meeting. Within RS3, our scientific focus is on driving forward research on information-flow security for concurrent programs, on a security-certifying app store for Android devices, and the security-requirement specification language RIFL. More details can be found in the RS3 section.

Starting from 2018, we will coordinate the LOEWE Research Focus SF4.0 (Software-Factory 4.0). The timely availability of high-quality software is a crucial success criterion for companies and economic areas. The drastic changes in industrial production (Industrie 4.0) and the electronic processing of information (Big Data) require the development of suitable software. The approach of SF4.0 is the targeted and automated adaptation of existing software to new requirements and altered technical infrastructures. This opens up the possibility to provide suitable software more quickly. More details can be found in the SF4.0 Section.

We are involved in further third-party funded research projects involving multiple principle investigators. Within the DFG collaborative research center CROSSING, we are developing techniques and tools for detecting, assessing, and mitigating timing-side channels in cryptographic implementations.  Within CRISP (and previously ECSPRIDE), we are creating solutions for security by design. Within CASED, we focused on dynamic approaches to usage control based on the concept of service automata. More details can be found in the Projects section.

Parts of our research are funded by the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), by the DFG (German Research Foundation), by the EU (European Union), by the HMWK (Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts) within LOEWE (Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz), and by industry.

We are the proud recipients of three best-paper awards in the last 5 years.


We are offering a portfolio of lectures, integrated courses, lab courses, and seminars. Find out more about our teaching in the winter term 2016/17 and summer term 2017.

If you are interested in writing a Master or Bachelor thesis with us, you can find more information in the Theses section.



Guest: Rob van Glabbeek

Rob van Glabbeek from Data61/University of New South Wales in Sydney is visiting MAIS on July 19. He is giving the talk "Modeling Shared Variable Concurrency in Process Algebra" in a special session of the MAIS Graduate Seminar in room E302 at 17:00.


LOEWE Research Focus Software-Factory 4.0 accepted for funding

The LOEWE Research Focus "Software-Factory 4.0" that will be coordinated by Prof. Dr. Heiko Mantel has been accepted for funding by the HMWK (Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts).


Guest: Kai Engelhardt

Kai Engelhardt from University of New South Wales in Sydney is visiting MAIS on June 27. He is giving the talk "A Better Composition Operator for Quantitative Information Flow Analyses" in the MAIS Graduate Seminar in room E302 at 14:25.


New ESORICS publication

The paper "AVR Processors as a Platform for Language-Based Security" by Florian Dewald, Heiko Mantel, and Alexandra Weber has been accepted for publication at ESORICS 2017 (the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security).


Guest: Marco Guarnieri

Marco Guarnieri from ETH Zurich is visiting MAIS on June 6. He is giving the talk "Securing Databases from Probabilistic Inference" in the MAIS Graduate Seminar in room E302 at 14:25.

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Open Positions

We currently have open positions for prospective Ph.D. students and PostDocs.

We also offer a range of topics for thesis or HiWi projects.

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