Topics for Theses

We are always looking for highly motivated students who want to write Bachelor's and Master's theses with us. If you are interested, please contact the supervisors of the available topics. It is good practice to get in touch well in advance of your planned starting date.

Available

Topic Supervisor Degree
Accelerated implementation of syndrome-trellis codes for steganography Martin Beneš, MSc bachelor, master
Implementation of LDGM codes with belief propagation for steganography Martin Beneš, MSc Master
Improving the compression performance of MozJPEG Nora Hofer, MA Bachelor / Master
On secrets and halos: Image forensics in the presence of JPEG deringing Nora Hofer, MA Bachelor / Master
Perceptual study on JPEG quantization tables Dr. Benedikt Lorch Bachelor
Revisiting the security of MiPOD steganography Martin Beneš, MSc Bachelor
The impact of the MozJPEG compression library on digital image forensics Nora Hofer, MA Master
The impact of the MozJPEG compression library on steganalysis Nora Hofer, MA Master
Why is it secure? Visualizing security protocols with counterfactuals Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme Master

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Topic Supervisor Degree
Automated analysis of Java source code repositories to distinguish the steganographic algorithm Martin Beneš, MSc Bachelor / Master
Benchmarking application layer protocols for the Internet of Things Dr. Felix Erlacher Master
Exploratory study of governance tokens and decentralised ecosystems Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
Who uses public SMS inboxes? Dr. Daniel Woods Master

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Topic Supervisor Degree
ARM simulator, interpreter and debugger for the web Alexander Schlögl, MSc Bachelor
Analysis of Solidity programming pitfalls and compiler-based solutions Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme Master
Analysis of geometric and latent attributes in morphed face images Dr. Cecilia Pasquini Master
Attack vectors against 2D barcode tickets Dr. Markus Riek Bachelor
Consensus from proof-of-work puzzles Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme Master
Country-dependent analysis of the LinkedIn leak Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
Design and analysis of approaches toward the regulation of DEXs Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
Design and development of a tool for forensic analysis of mobile instant messenger applications Dr. Markus Riek Bachelor
Design of a Bitcoin-themed board game Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
Design of a game to teach the principles of Nakomoto consensus Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
Digital signatures to increase security of 2D barcode ticketing systems Dr. Markus Riek Bachelor
Eduthereum – A system for storing educational certificates in a public blockchain Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme Master
Establishment of a benchmarking image dataset of copy-move text forgeries Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
EtherSci – An open Ethereum data analysis framework Dr. Michael Armin Fröwis Bachelor / Master
Exploring steganographic channels in Minecraft-like computer games Olaf Markus Köhler, MSc Bachelor
Exploring the difficulty of hiding keys in neural networks Dr. Cecilia Pasquini Master
Forensic analysis of mobile instant messenger applications using semantic analysis Dr. Markus Riek Bachelor
Generalizing BlockSci to cross-chain analyses of forked ledgers Dr. Michael Armin Fröwis Master
Hack on Mitmproxy Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor / Master
Hidden overlay networks: possibility study on Minecraft Patrik Keller, MSc Bachelor
Identifying malevolent DNS servers Sebastian Luhn, MSc Bachelor
Interdependent privacy in Facebook Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
Memory-safe TCP stream reassembly (with Rust) Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor / Master
Network-based high-interaction honeypots Dr. Maximilian Hils Master
R package for channel coding with block codes Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
R package for channel coding with convolutional codes Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
R package for channel coding with turbo codes Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
Security analysis of Facebook Connect Dr. Markus Riek Bachelor
Security of online exams Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor
Simulation and analysis of the selfish-mining attack on Bitcoin Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova Bachelor
TLS certificate verification in practice Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor
Teaching chatbots how to teach Dr. Cecilia Pasquini Bachelor
The Databike Dr. Michael Armin Fröwis Bachelor
Topics in cyber risk and insurance Dr. Daniel Woods Bachelor / Master
User profiling by DNS servers Sebastian Luhn, MSc Bachelor
Visualisation of cloud performance and security metrics taking account of data protection Sebastian Luhn, MSc Bachelor
Visualizing network topologies with the help of the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) Dr. Pascal Schöttle Bachelor
Visualizing the Databike Alexander Schlögl, MSc Bachelor
Web-based LaTeX Beamer presentation tool Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor / Master
What traces does my image recognition CNN learn? Dr. Benedikt Lorch Bachelor / Master
Why don't users reject all cookies? Dr. Maximilian Hils Bachelor / Master

Requirements

We expect that undergraduate students preparing a Bachelor's thesis show a strong interest in topics related to our lectures. Bachelor's theses should be written in German.

Graduate students preparing a Master's thesis should have substantial knowledge in at least one sub-field of security or privacy and they should have prior experience with the research methodology they plan to use. The default language for Master's theses is English.

Doctoral dissertations (Ph.D. theses) are typically prepared while working for one of our research projects. As our research group maintains strong ties to the relevant international scientific communities, we encourage our Ph.D. candidates to make use of the possibility to conduct part of their research at renowned universities abroad.

Typical effort

Although counting pages is generally a bad metric, take the following specifications as rules of thumb:

Length Expectation
Seminar thesis < 20 pages research the state-of-the-art and present it in a scientifically sound way
Bachelor's thesis ~ 40 pages independent replication of the state-of-the-art with scientific documentation of results
Master's thesis ~ 80 pages your adviser should learn something new
Dissertation ~ 150 pages + publications the scientific community should learn something new

Bachelor's and Master's Theses

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the general instructions for writing a Bachelor's or Master's thesis at the Department of Computer Science.

Please consider the following options to find a topic of the thesis:

  • Consult the list of available topics.
  • If you have an idea for an interesting topic that matches the research area of one of our team members, you may also contact him/her and propose your own topic. The decision to supervise will be made by the potential supervisor.

Writing an exposé

The first step to a thesis is to write an exposé (AKA thesis proposal). The exposé is a short description of your work (max. 3 pages) in running text, possibly supported by a meaningful table or figure. It should contain the following information:

  • your interpretation of the topic
  • the status quo with references to academic literature
  • the research question(s), your planned approach and method
  • a discussion of risks, if necessary
  • a rough timeline with 2-3 non-trivial milestones
  • the 3-5 most relevant references.
Please try to define the topic as precisely as possible and also specify what you will not do to curb expectations. One way of doing this is to list possible thesis goals and rank them by how likely they will be achieved (from certain to clearly out of scope).

Keep in mind that drafting the exposé is an iterative process involving your supervisor. It may require some time. Your supervisor must accept your final exposé before we schedule an initial presentation in the Seminar mit Bachelorarbeit. This presentation is the formal start of the Bachelor's thesis process. For Master's theses, the completion of the exposé means that the candidate formally passes the preparation.

Writing a Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor's thesis should demonstrate that the candidate can solve problems independently and document own results according to scientific standards. If you need feedback or assistance, you must take initiative and contact your supervisor. Before every meeting with your supervisor, please send to him/her a rough agenda and supporting materials. This helps the supervisor to prepare and improves the efficiency of the meeting.

We offer each student the opportunity to hand in up to five pages of the thesis draft. The supervisor will correct it with the same standard as for the final thesis. We expect the student to extrapolate corrections to the rest of the thesis.

In addition to an electronic copy in PDF format, students must submit a signed declaration of independent work.

Writing a Master's thesis

Writing a Master's thesis is usually a very interactive process involving the supervisor and other members of the research group. Candidates often spend part of the time at a desk in our lab. Some candidates contribute to research project or publish research results related to the thesis project in scientific workshops or conferences.

In addition to an electronic copy in PDF format, students must submit one bound hard copy of the Master's thesis including a signed declaration of independent work in the preface.