Secure Cyber-Physical Systems (SCy-Phy) Group

CISPA Helmholtz Center For Information Security

The SCy-Phy group at CISPA focuses on applied security research in the domain of cyber-physical systems: industrial control systems (ICS), embedded systems, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Current research highlights are results on low-level security of the Bluetooth protocol, adversarial learning attacks on Anomaly detection systems for ICS, and state-aware anomaly detection systems for ICS.


We are looking for a prospective PhD student in 2021! Please write to

Dr. Nils Ole Tippenhauer

Group leader

I am interested in information security aspects of practical systems. In particular, I am working on physical-layer attacks and defenses for Industrial Systems, low-layer wireless security, and various other embedded systems security topics.

Personal website

Alessandro Erba

PhD student

Alessandro is a Ph.D. student since May 2019, working on anomaly detection in Cyber-Physical Systems. His research comprises the development and study of adversarial attacks to deceive anomaly detection systems.

Till Schlüter

PhD student

Till is a PhD student since June 2020.

Dr. Hamid Ghaeini


Hamid earned his PhD in this group in 2019, and is currently a PostDoc researcher.

Daniel Erceg

Research Assistant

Daniel is currently working as research assistant on low-level Bluetooth protocols

Lin, Yu-De

MSc student

Yu-De came to Saarland, Germany from Taiwan in March, 2019. He is curious about what the machine learning can achieve in the world of the security. He is currently writing his MSc thesis on Side-channel attacks on embedded AI devices.

Anirudh Upadhya

MSc student

Anirudh is a MSc student from Saarland University, working on embedded security of automotive and industrial control systems. He’s currently writing his master thesis on run-time monitoring of safety and security critical functions of a small scale motor controller

Davide Berardi

Visiting PhD student

Davide, a Ph.D. student at the University of Bologna since November 2018, is working on the Security of Industrial Networks. His research comprises the analysis of virtualization technologies to enhance the security of industrial protocols.

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Lorenzo Rinieri

Visiting MSc student

Lorenzo is a visiting student form the University of Bologna. He is currently writing his MSc thesis on certificate management in the OPC UA ecosystem.


PhD student


We have an open PhD position for research in the area of security of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), IoT, and wireless communications. The position comes with a competitive salary in a high quality working environment. Working language is English. Please send CV and cover letter to


Anne Müller
Anne worked as graduate researcher on the security of the OPC UA ecosystem.
Amir Heinisch
Amir wrote his BSc thesis on secure motor controllers in 20/21.
Max Bäumler
Max wrote his BSc Thesis about security of a (to be disclosed later) PLC ecosystem in 2020.
Nils Glörfeld
Nils was a student helper in 2019, working on Bluetooth security.
Christian Geldermann
Christian wrote his BSc Thesis about security of ICS in 2020.
Dr. Daniele Antonioli (SUTD)
Daniele was a PhD student from 2015 to 2019. Now: PostDoc at EPFL with Mathias Payer
Dr. Rajib Ranjan Maiti, PostDoc (IIT Kharagpur)
Rajib was a PostDoc on the ResilIoT project (SUTD) in 2016-2018
Dr. Yan Lin Aung, PostDoc (NTU)
Yan Lin is a PostDoc on the ResilIoT project (SUTD) since March 2017
Dr. Wang Xueou, PostDoc (NUS)
Xueou was a PostDoc on the location privacy project (SUTD) in 2017/2018
Francesco Scandola
Francesco was a Research Assistant on two projects between 2016 and 2018
Ragav Sridharan
Ragav was a Research Assistant between 2017 and 2018
Dominik Breitenbacher
Dominik is a Research Assistant on the ResilIoT project (SUTD) since 2017
Amit Tambe
Amit was a Research Assistant on the ResilIoT project (SUTD) between 2016 and 2018
Swetha Rajagopalan
Swetha was a Research Intern on the ResilIoT project (SUTD) in 2017
Dr. Aymen Fakhreddine
Aymen was a Visiting PhD Student from IMDEA Networks Institute in 2017
Ahnaf Siddiqi
Ahnaf was a Research Assistant from 2016-2017
Sandra Siby
Sandra was a Research Assistant from 2016-2017. Now: PhD student at EPFL
Giuseppe Bernieri (Roma Tre University)
Sandra was a Visiting PhD student in 2017. Now: PostDoc at Uni Padova
Anand Agrawal, Research Assistant
Anand was a Research Assistant in 2016. Now: Research Assistant at NYU-Abu Dhabi
Dr. Marco Rocchetto (U. Verona)
Marco was a PostDoc in 2015-2016. Now: Senior Research with ALES, United Technologies Research Center
Naman Govil (IIIT Hyderabad)
Naman was a Research Intern in 2016. Now: PhD student at Georgia Tech
Dr. David Urbina (UT Dallas)
David was a Visiting PhD student in 2015, working on attack and detection in the Fieldbus, author of SWaT attack. He is now working with Intel.
Pierre Gaulon (ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux)
Pierre was a Research student in 2015, working on Bro extensions for attack detection for EtherNet/IP.
Nicolas Iooss (with Akheros/Corps des mines, Paris)
Nicolas was a Research student in 2015, working on Scapy tools and MitM attacks for EtherNet/IP in SWaT


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  • Enter CISPA Building and take the stairs to Office 2.10 on Floor 2