Ana Barroso


Address: Secure Mobile Networking Lab, Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, S4/14-4.2.04, Mornewegstr. 32, 64293 Darmstadt
E-mail: ana.barroso(a-t)
Telephone: +49 6151 16-25479

Research Interests

My research interests are related to privacy protection in wireless networks, in particular in ad-hoc networks. Currently I am working on a protocol for anonymous wireless communication in delay-tolerant networks, aDTN. You can find more information on aDTN on its project page.

Open Theses & HiWi Positions

I am researching secure, self-organizing communication networks that do not rely on a central entity and can be deployed on existing mobile devices equipped with wireless technology. Currently I am focusing on ensuring anonymity of communication between wireless nodes. If you find this area interesting and wish to work with our team (e.g. for writing a thesis), do not hesitate to contact me.

Right now I am looking for students that want to work on the two following tasks:

  1. Implement and analyze wireless network protocols that provide undetectability of communication. 

    • Knowledge of C/C++ and/or Python required;
    • Experience with NS3 a plus.

  2. Develop Android applications on top of the aforementioned protocols, taking particular care that the users understand the implications of their actions regarding their privacy.

    • Experience in Android development is required;
    • Interest in usability of mobile applications a plus.

If you have a different idea in mind that is related to the topic of wireless anonymity, we can discuss it and try to fit it into a thesis plan or HiWi task.


Ongoing Theses

Supervised Theses

  • Raphael Heinlein, "Analysis of Security and Privacy Threats Against User Data on the Android Platform"
  • Vaibhav Singh, "Performance Evaluation of Delay-Tolerant Anonymous Communication on Mobile Devices"
  • Sebastian Kasten, "Real-time Aggregation and Spatial Visualization of Emergency Messages"
  • Michael Koch, "Requirement Analysis for Infrastructureless Emergency Communication Networks"
  • Alexander Krug, "Towards Strong Anonymity In Delay-Tolerant Networks"

Short Biography

Ana Barroso received her BSc in Computer Engineering and Information Technology at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon in 2009 and completed her MSc in Internet and Web-based Systems at Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2011. She is a PhD student at TU Darmstadt's Secure Mobile Networking Lab since 2012. Her research interests are social, mobile and infrastructure-independent secure wireless networks, with special focus on user anonymity.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Hollick

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Department of Computer Science
Secure Mobile Networking Lab 

Mornewegstr. 32 (S4/14)
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

Phone: +49 6151 16-25472
Fax: +49 6151 16-25471


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