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.

We are involved in four 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 CASED, we are focusing on dynamic approaches to usage control based on the concept of service automata. Within EC-SPRIDE and CRISP, we are creating solutions for security by design. 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 Land Hessen 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. To find out more about our teaching in the summer term 2016, click here.

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



MAIS Course is Best Lecture in Winter Term 2015/16

The MAIS lecture "Side-Channel Analysis of Software" taught by Dr. Artem Starostin was elected by students as the best Computer Science lecture in the winter term 2015/2016 and received the award "Beste Lehre" (best lecture) from the student union. The lecture covered methods for detection, exploitation, assessment, and mitigation of side channels in software. These topics are part of current research in the collaborative research center CROSSING in which the MAIS group is participating.


RS3 Workshop on Declassification in RIFL

On June 20-22, a workshop of the DFG priority program Reliably Secure Software Systems (RS3) took place at MAIS. Researchers from DFKI Bremen, TU Darmstadt, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology met to extend the information-flow specification language RIFL by support for controlled declassification.


RS3 Practitioner Event

On June 7 and 8, the Practitioner Event of the priority program Reliably Secure Software Systems (RS3) that is organized by Prof. Dr. Heiko Mantel took place in Darmstadt. Security experts from industry and academia met to exchange ideas and needs. The program consisted of talks on various current topics in IT security.


New Ph.D. Student Tobias Hamann

We welcome Tobias Hamann as a new Ph.D. student! He is starting his research in our group on June 1st, 2016.


RS3 at the Royal Society

The DFG priority program Reliable Security Software Systems (RS3) was presented by its coordinator Prof. Heiko Mantel in two talks on April 4 and 7 at the Royal Society Scientific Meeting on "Verified Trustworthy Software Systems" in London.

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Open Positions

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

We are also offering a secretary position.

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