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Research Areas

ATHENE is accompanying the digitalization of society, economy and government from the perspective of cybersecurity and privacy with application-oriented cutting-edge research and development. The research is divided into variuos research areas headed by coordinators. In projects assigned to these research areas, concepts, methods and technologies are being developed that sustainably improve and ensure cyber security and privacy protection across all areas of life. An interdisciplinary approach to the problems involves different sciences such as psychology, ergonomics, economics, etc.


Category according to ACM classification:

Applied computingComputer systems organizationComputing methodologiesGeneral and referenceHardwareHuman-centered computingInformation systemsMathematics of computingNetworksSecurity and privacySocial and professional topicsSoftware and its engineeringTheory of computation
  • Collaborative P2P Botnet Monitoring and Data-Analysis
    Prof. Max Mühlhäuser
  • Research Platform Internet Cybersecurity
    Dr. Haya Shulman
  • Routing Security
    Dr. Haya Shulman
  • Visual Analytics
    Prof. Jörn Kohlhammer
  • Automatic Vulnerability Scanning
    Dr. Steven Arzt
  • Automatic Vulnerability Verification
    Dr. Steven Arzt
  • Further development of the CogniCrypt Assistant to ensure the correct use of crypto libraries
    Prof. Mira Mezini
  • Machine Learning for Vulnerability Detection
    Prof. Kristian Kersting
  • User-centric visualization of security problems
    Prof. Jörn Kohlhammer
  • Vulnerability Detection for Hybrid Apps using Generic Analyses
    Prof. Mira Mezini
  • Data Economy and Privacy—An International and Intercultural Perspective
    Prof. Peter Buxmann
  • Easy-to-use Processes and Tools for User-Centric Co-Development of PETs
    Prof. Andreas Heinemann
  • PETs for Smart Cities in Security Situations
    Prof. Christian Reuter
  • PETs in Disease-Management Programs to Reduce Health Care Costs
    Prof. Kay Hamacher
  • Practical Private Set Intersection for Data Protection
    Prof. Thomas Schneider
  • Privacy Risks and Safety in Machine Learning (PRisMa)
    Prof. Martin Steinebach
  • Technical Support for the Implementation of Requirements in Applications in Accordance with GDPR (TECHIRA)
    Dr. Annika Selzer
  • Visualization of Critical Aspects for Data Analysis and Privacy
    Prof. Jörn Kohlhammer

Next Generation Biometric Systems (NGBS)

Coordinators:
Prof. Christoph Busch
Dr. Christian Rathgeb
  • Bias and Fairness in Biometric Systems
    Prof. Christoph Busch
    Dr. Pawel Drozdowski
  • Biometric sample quality assessment
    Florian Kirchbuchner, M. Sc.
    Dr. Olaf Henniger
  • Biometric Tampering Detection
    Prof. Christoph Busch
    Dr. Christian Rathgeb
  • Embedded Biometrics
    Florian Kirchbuchner, M. Sc.
    Dr. Naser Damer
  • Operational Challenges in Face Recognition
    Prof. Christoph Busch
    Dr. Christian Rathgeb
  • Secure Identity Management
    Florian Kirchbuchner, M. Sc.
    Dr. Naser Damer

OPen and Sustainable IoT Security (OPSIS)

Coordinator:
Prof. Christoph Krauß
  • Cryptographic Evaluation of Bluetooth (CryptoBlue)
    Prof. Marc Fischlin
  • Efficient practical tests of the security properties of IoT systems through the use of novel return channels (ETCH)
    Prof. Christoph Krauß
  • Next Generation Secure Wireless Communications (NGWiSec)
    Prof. Matthias Hollick
  • Open Side-Channel-Resilient Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) Design (TrusTEE)
    Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
  • Secure Hardware Monitors for Data and Control Flows (SHMoDaCo)
    Prof. Andreas Koch
  • Security and Privacy of IoT Communication Technologies (SPIC)
    Prof. Christoph Krauß

Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC)

Coordinator:
Dr. Michael Kreutzer
  • Agile and Easy-to-use Integration of PQC Schemes
    Prof. Andreas Heinemann
  • Design and Analysis of PQC Primitives
    Dr. Juliane Krämer
  • High Performance Implementations of PQC Schemes
    Norman Lahr

Quality of Security (QoSec)

Coordinator:
Prof. Max Mühlhäuser
  • Comprehensive Probabilistic QoSec-Assessment (ComPAss)
    Prof. Max Mühlhäuser
  • Economics of Cybersecurity (EcoSec)
    Prof. Peter Buxmann
  • Formal QoSec for Comparison and Composition (FoCC)
    Prof. Heiko Mantel
  • Quantitative and Probabilistic QoSec in Complex HW/SW-Systems (QPSys)
    Prof. Matthias Hollick

Secure Autonomous Driving (SAD)

Coordinator:
Prof. Christoph Krauß
  • Automotive Forensic Processing (AuFoP)
    Prof. Christoph Busch
  • REadyness for FOrensics in Mobility (ReForM)
    Prof. Martin Steinebach
  • SEcure Automotive COmmunication Protocols (SEACOP)
    Prof. Christoph Krauß
  • SECurity Test and Evaluation platform for Autonomous driving – used for IDPS (SECTEA)
    Prof. Christoph Krauß
  • Disinformation and Corona
    Prof. Martin Steinebach
  • Fake News and Conspiracy Theories
    Prof. Iryna Gurevych
  • JAB Codes for Secure Ad-hoc Documents
    Prof. Martin Steinebach
  • Know Your App
    Prof. Mira Mezini
  • Quality Assurance of Biomedical Literature
    Prof. Iryna Gurevych
  • Secure Medical Data Sharing
    Dr. Stefan Wesarg
  • Security Analysis of the German Corona Warn App
    Dr. Steven Arzt

Secure Urban Infrastructures (SecUrban)

Coordinator:
Prof. Christian Reuter
  • Architecture and Processes for Effective Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection in Smart Cities (SecArch)
    Dr. Haya Shulman
  • Integrating Safety and Security Aspects in Secure Urban Infrastructures (SaSec)
    Prof. Joachim Vogt
  • Secure Urban Mesh Networks (Smesh)
    Prof. Matthias Hollick
  • Security Modelling and Si­mu­la­tion of Secure Urban Infrastructures (SeMS)
    Prof. Max Mühlhäuser
  • Security of Urban Infrastructures Against Cyberattacks (SecAttack)
    Prof. Christian Reuter
  • Situation Awareness for Smart Cities (SiAware)
    Florian Kirchbuchner, M. Sc.
  • Adversarial Attacks on NLP systems
    Prof. Iryna Gurevych
  • EXplainable REinforcement Learning for Secure Intelligent Systems (XReLeaS)
    Prof. Jan Peters
  • Robustness in Machine Learning (RoMa)
    Prof. Martin Steinebach
  • Security and Privacy in Automated OSINT (SePiA)
    Prof. Martin Steinebach

Trustworthy Data Ecosystems (TRUDATA)

Coordinators:
Prof. Carsten Binnig
Prof. Sebastian Faust
  • Cryptographic Primitives for Secure Decentralized Protocols
    Dr. Jean Paul Degabriele
  • Distributed Ledger & Multiparty Computation
    Prof. Sebastian Faust
  • Federated Machine Learning
    Prof. Carsten Binnig