UROP Project

Efficient but Secure: Protocols for Security and Privacy in Communication Systems

Contact

Name

Daniel Holder

Program Director UROP

Telephone

workPhone
+49 241 80-90695

E-Mail

Key Info

Basic Information

Project Offer-Number:
987
Category:
UROP International
Field:
Computer Science
Faculty:
1
Organisation unit:
Communication and Distributed Systems (Informatik 4)
Language Skills:
Fluency in English

In this project, we focus on security and privacy protocols in communication networks. This comprises the design and adaption of security protocols, e.g., to improve performance and security, or measurements of their real-world usage, e.g., the roll-out of TLS 1.3 in the Internet. Our topics of interest include protocols such as Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS), their adaptations for resource constrained devices in the Internet of Things (IoT), and privacy-enhancing mechanisms such as Tor. For the specific topic, different options are conceivable, e.g., measuring the adoption of new TLS features or analyzing efficiency of security protocols in the IoT. The exact topic, methods, and also outcome will be defined at a later date, depending on our research progress and/or your interests and skills. Our full research expertise and general information on our research environment are available at https://www.comsys.rwth-aachen.de/research/security-and-privacy/ Supervisor: Jens Hiller, M.Sc. Jens.hiller@comsys.rwth-aachen.de

Task

What we offer: This is a great opportunity for you to actively engage in and contribute to original research in the area of security and privacy in cloud computing, a field that is rapidly evolving at the moment. RWTH Aachen University offers an excellent, interdisciplinary research environment, which stimulates cooperation between research groups inside and outside the department of computer science. Our group offers an attractive work environment full of creativity. It is home of a crowd of enthusiastic Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. For the duration of our project, we will provide you with a computer workplace in one of our project rooms and all other necessary work infrastructure. You will interact closely with your supervisor as well as other students and researchers on a daily basis. RWTH Aachen University offers an excellent, interdisciplinary research environment, which stimulates cooperation between research groups inside and outside the department of computer science. Our group offers an attractive work environment full of creativity. It is home of a crowd of enthusiastic Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. For the duration of our project, we will provide you with a computer workplace in one of our project rooms and all other necessary work infrastructure. You will interact closely with your supervisor as well as other students and researchers on a daily basis.

Requirements

What we expect: Your project will describe a small, independent block of research that you are responsible for, and which you will be able to undertake independently with the help of your supervisor. Research in our group typically consists of the design, implementation, and evaluation of communication systems. For this topic, you should be interested in computer networking, security, and privacy and have solid programming skills, preferably in C/C++, Go, and/or Python. Knowledge on the concepts of secure communication protocols (such as TLS), the Internet of Things, or Tor is a plus but not mandatory. You should have curiosity, an independent working method, and the willingness to bring in and discuss your own ideas and solutions. If you feel interested in this opportunity, we welcome you to apply!