M. Sc. Joel Frank

  • Research Assistant - Chair Systems Security
Frank, Joel


Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum
Lehr­stuhl für Sys­tem­si­cher­heit
Uni­ver­si­täts­stras­se 150
44780 Bo­chum

ID 2/449
(+49)(0)234 / 32 - 29916


  • Since 2018: Ph.D. Student, IT-Security
    Chair for Systems Security, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 2015-2018: Master of Science (M.Sc.), IT-Security
    Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 2017-2018: Graduate Research Assistant (Remote)
    Chair of Applied Cryptography, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2015-2017: Graduate Research Assistant
    Chair for System Security, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 2011-2015: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), IT-Security
    Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


During my Master’s degree, I investigated the security of blockchain-based systems and developed automated tools for detecting bugs in Ethereum smart contracts. Now, my primary research interest lies in the intersection of machine learning and cybersecurity, studying vulnerabilities of machine learning systems, as well as how to apply machine learning techniques to solve security problems.


If you're in­te­rested in Ma­chi­ne Le­arning or Security of Smart Contracts, and look­ing for a Se­mi­nar, Ba­che­lor’s or Mas­ter’s The­sis, just drop me an email.



Dompteur: Taming Audio Adversarial Examples

Thorsten Eisenhofer, Lea Schönherr, Joel Frank, Lars Speckemeier, Do­ro­thea Kolossa, Thorsten Holz - USENIX Security Symposium, Virtual, August 2021

Aurora: Statistical Crash Analysis for Automated Root Cause Explanation

Tim Blazytko, Moritz Schlögel, Cornelius Aschermann, Ali Abbasi, Joel Frank, Simon Wörner, Thorsten Holz - USENIX Security Symposium, Boston, MA, USA, August 2020

EthBMC: A Bounded Model Checker for Smart Contracts

Joel Frank, Cornelius Aschermann, Thorsten Holz - USENIX Security Symposium, Boston, MA, USA, August 2020

Leveraging Frequency Analysis for Deep Fake Image Recognition

Joel Frank, Thorsten Eisenhofer, Lea Schönherr, Asja Fischer , Do­ro­thea Kolossa, Thorsten Holz - International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), July 2020

SDN-Guard: Protecting SDN Controllers Against SDN Rootkits

Dennis Tatang, Florian Quinkert, Joel Frank, Christian Röpke, Thorsten Holz - IEEE Workshop on Security in NFV-SDN (SN-2017), Berlin, November 2017