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Frank Breitinger
Frank
Breitinger
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science
203-479-4878
1124 Campbell Ave.
1124
Biography

    I started my scientific career in 2005 at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim (Germany), where I studied computer science, spent one semester at the University of Maryland and completed my bachelor's degree in March 2009. Afterwards I changed to the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany) because of my interest in cyber security and finished my Masters in February 2011. Subsequently, I started my PhD at the Technical University Darmstadt and Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED, Germany) within the working field approximate matching. I completed my PhD in June 2014.

    In my point of view there are a couple of good reasons to join UNH. It is a small, rising University which is extremely practical oriented. I also like the idea of having cooperations with industry and do common projects. Another important point is the UNH Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group which give me the opportunity to continue my research in cyber security, hash functions and approximate matching. Furthermore, I look forward to extend my knowledge about network security.

    After joining the Tagliatela College of Engineering, I will teach different lectures in computer sciences. As a teacher, I have to prepare students for academic life. Thus, at the end of their education, all computer sciences students should have a good knowledge of mathematics, algorithms and programming. Besides this there are two main focuses. Firstly, I aim to expand the communication skills of my students, and thus courses often include presentations, group work, self-evaluation, writing of project reports and discussions. In addition, I encourage my students to spend a semester abroad or do internships. Secondly, I find it important to teach students how to work independently and develop their problem-solving skills - in other words to challenge them and try to encourage interest in research.

Academic Credentials

    Professional Experience

    UNH Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group, West Haven, CT
    Assistant Professor August 2014 to today
    • Cybersecurity and Cyber Forensics.

    University of applied sciences Darmstadt
    Research Assistant at the University of applied sciences Darmstadt Oct. 2011 to
    Mar. 2014
    • Cybersecurity and Cyber Forensics.
    • Working on the indexing problem of similarity digests (a.k.a. fingerprints).

    it-fuer-jedermann.de, Beerfelden, Germany
    self-employed September 2009 to August 2014
    • Webdesign, Internet/Network, Consultation, Education and Sale.
    • Designed an implemented several web pages based on Wordpress and PHP.
    • Maintenance of the IT-Infrastructure for companies

    Education

    Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
    PhD research student, da/sec - biometrics and internet-security research group,
    March 2011 to July 2014.
    • Topic: On the utility of bytewise approximate matching in computer science with
    a special focus on digital forensics investigations.
    • Advisers: Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser, Prof. Dr. Harald Baier and Prof. Dr.
    Felix Freiling.
    • Research stay at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    (Gaithersburg, MD, USA). Oct. 2013 to Dec. 2013.

    University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany
    MSc., Computer Science (majoring in computer security), March 2009 to February
    2011.
    • Thesis Topic: Security aspects of fuzzy hashing.
    • Advisers: Prof. Dr. Harald Baier and Prof. Dr. Christoph Busch.
    • Area of study: Similarity preserving hashing.

    University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Germany
    BSc., Computer Science, October 2005 to February 2009
    • Thesis Topic: Extension of a generic framework for web service capability, designand implementation at sobedi GmbH Mannheim.
    • Practical semester abroad at the University of Maryland (UMD) (MD, USA).Sept. 07 to Mar. 08.

    Internships

    National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, United
    States
    Guest researcher September 2013 to December 2013
    • Developing a definition for bytewise approximate matching.
    • Working on the indexing problem of similarity digests (a.k.a. fingerprints).
    sobedi informationsmanagement gmbh, Mannheim, Germany
    Software Developer August 2008 to February 2009
    • Designed and implemented a web service for an existing generic framework called
    GOF.
    • Bachelor thesis.

    Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, US
    Software Developer September 2007 to March 2008
    • Realized a tool to analyze SVN Repositories (build metrics over changed files)

    Teaching Experience

    University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany
    Instructor (all courses are master's level) March 2012 to present
    • Lecture Selected Topics of IT-Security.
    • Summer term 2012 and 2013.
    • Responsible for 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar. Students worked and
    presented current topics of similarity hashing and botnets.
    • Lecture IT-security seminar on Internet Security and Similarity Hashing.
    • Summer term 2011 and winter term 2012/2013.
    • Responsible for 1-hour seminar. Students worked and presented current topics
    of similarity hashing and botnets.
    • Writing a 'letter of study' for an online lecture digital forensic
    • 5 ECTS lecture for Master students including a practical (german).
    • Educational objective: procedure models, disk analysis (FAT, EXT, NTFS),
    hash functions, RAM-Analysis


    Teaching Assistant (all courses are master's level) October 2010 to March 2012
    • Assisted Prof. Baier with Theory-Seminar about Aspects of Fuzzy Hashing.
    • Spring 2011
    • Responsible for the topic selection and supervising. Seminar about similarity
    preserving hashing.
    • Assisted Prof. Baier with Cryptography.
    • Spring 2011
    • Responsible for several lecture-hours and supervision of 2-hour laboratory.
    Basics of IT-Security.
    • Assisted Prof. Baier with Computer Forensics.
    • Autumn 2010 and Autumn 2011
    • Responsible for several lecture-hours and supervision of 2-hour laboratory.
    Students analyze several files and hard disks.