Modeling and Analysis of Information Systems

Research

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.

Teaching

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.

News

15.11.17

New PostDoc Görkem Kilinç

We welcome Görkem Kilinç, who joined us on November 15, as a new PostDoc in our group!

27.10.17

Richard Gay has successfully defended his PhD thesis

We are proud to announce that Richard Gay has successfully defended his PhD thesis on "A Generic Framework for Enforcing Security in Distributed Systems".

22.09.17

Presentation of research results

Prof. Dr. Heiko Mantel will talk at multiple universities at the US East Coast. He will present research results from the projects CROSSING, RS3 and CRISP:
September 26th, University of Pennsylvania
September 28th, Cornell Tech
September 29th, Stevens Institute of Technology
October 5th, Harvard University

18.09.17

Pictures of the RS3 Final Event online

Impressions from the final event of the DFG priority program Reliably Secure Software Systems (RS3) that was organized by Prof. Heiko Mantel and took place in Darmstadt on September 4-6 are now online.

18.09.17

New FPS publications

The following articles have been accepted for publication at FPS 2017 (the International Symposium on Foundations & Practice of Security).

  • "Bounding the cache-side-channel leakage of lattice-based signature schemes using program semantics" by Nina Bindel, Johannes Buchmann, Juliane Krämer, Heiko Mantel, Johannes Schickel, and Alexandra Weber
  • "Relationship-Based Access Control for Resharing in Decentralized Online Social Networks" by Richard Gay, Jinwei Hu, Heiko Mantel, and Sogol Mazaheri

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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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