Frank Breitinger, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department
Tagliatela College of Engineering

Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (Emphasis on Cybersecurity and Networks and Cyber Forensics), Technical University Darmstadt
M.Sc. in Computer Sciences (Emphasis on Cybersecurity and Networks and Cyber Forensics), University of applied sciences Darmstadt
M.A. in Political Science, University of California, Riverside
BSc. in Computer Sciences (Emphasis on Software Development), University of applied sciences Mannheim

About Frank

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 cybersecurity and finished my Masters in February 2011. Subsequently, I started my Ph.D. at the Technical University Darmstadt and Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED, Germany) within the working field approximate matching. I completed my Ph.D. in June 2014.

In my point of view there are a couple of good reasons to join the University of New Haven. 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 University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group which give me the opportunity to continue my research in cybersecurity, 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.

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Selected Publications

Breitinger, Frank; Guttman, Barbara; McCarrin, Michael; Roussev, Vassil; White, Douglas (2014): Approximate Matching: Definition and Terminology. National Institute of Standards and Technologies Special Publication 800-168, 2014. (Type: Technical Report)

Breitinger, Frank; Baggili, Ibrahim (2014): File Detection On Network Traffic Using Approximate Matching. In: Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL), 9 (2), pp. 23–36, 2014, (best paper award). (Type: Journal Article)

Breitinger, Frank; Roussev, Vassil (2014): Automated evaluation of approximate matching algorithms on real data. In: Digital Investigation, 11, Supplement 1 (0), pp. S10 - S17, 2014, ISSN: 1742-2876, (Proceedings of the First Annual DFRWS Europe). (Type: Journal Article)

Breitinger, Frank; Baier, Harald; White, Douglas (2014): On the database lookup problem of approximate matching. In: Digital Investigation, 11, Supplement 1 (0), pp. S1 - S9, 2014, ISSN: 1742-2876, (Proceedings of the First Annual DFRWS Europe). (Type: Journal Article)

Breitinger, Frank; Stivaktakis, Georgios; Baier, Harald (2013): FRASH: A Framework to Test Algorithms of Similarity Hashing. In: Digit. Investig., 10 pp. S50–S58, 2013, ISSN: 1742-2876. (Type: Journal Article)

Rathgeb, Christian; Breitinger, Frank; Busch, Christoph (2013): Alignment-free cancelable iris biometric templates based on adaptive bloom filters. In: Biometrics (ICB), 2013 International Conference on, pp. 1-8, 2013. (Type: Inproceeding)


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