M.Sc. / Ph.D. Candidate in
Computer Science

Muriel Franco

I am

I am a Networking and Cybersecurity researcher with experience in multidisciplinary projects with technical, economic, and societal impacts.

Education

  • 2018-Current
    Ph.D. in Computer Science Switzerland

    Keywords: Cybersecurity Economics, Blockchain

    Advisor: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller

    University of Zurich (UZH)

  • 2020-Current
    MBA in Project Management Brazil

    Keywords: Cybersecurity projects in companies

    Advisor: Dr. Fabrício Lacerda

    Federal University of São Paulo (USP/ESALQ)

  • 2015-2017
    M.Sc. in Computer Science Brazil

    Keywords: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

    Advisor: Prof. Dr. Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville

    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

  • 2010-2014
    B.Sc. in Computer Science Brazil

    Keywords: Green Building, Artificial Inteligence

    Advisor: Prof. M.Sc. Anderson Priebe Ferrugem

    Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL)

About me.

I'm a Computer Scientist passionate about how technology can impact people and businesses.

I'm currently a Junior Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Communication Systems Group CSG of the University of Zurich UZH. I was born in Pelotas, extreme south of Brazil, but currently, I live in Zurich, Switzerland, to work and conduct my studies at a Ph.D. level. I have been working on projects with great researchers and experts in different areas here in Zurich, such as Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Economics, Information Visualization, and Network Management. During these years, I have published and presented my works at many conferences around the world. Besides that, I have been involved in many teaching activities for communications technologies in bachelor's and master's courses. Feel free to contact me if you foresee any collaboration or want to discuss anything about my work.

Lattes CV

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Experience.

Research and Teaching Assistant
Full Time

Research and teaching activities at the Communication Systems Group leaded by Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller.
Research activities: Leading and conducting works on the topics related to Cybersecurity, Economics of Cyberattacks, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Network Functions Virtualization.
Teaching activities: Mobile Communication Systems, Protocols for Multimedia Communications, Internet Economics Seminar, Communication Systems Seminar, Supervisor of bachelor thesis, master projects, and master thesis.

Project Manager / Research and Development Assistant
Partial Time

Research and development activities to project and implant an ecosystem for offering, distribution, and execution of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).
As Project Manager, Concepts of Agile Methods and, most precisely, Scrum was explored to help the team achieve the goals and also handle dynamic demands on the implementation and research fronts.

Professor
Full Time

Teaching activities at the Internet Systems bachelor degree on disciplines related to computer networks and web development.
Lectures: Computer Networks II, Web Development, and User Interfaces Design

Web System Developer
Partial Time

Development and evolutive maintenance activities in the web systems of Brazilian Computer Society.

Master's Student Fellow
Full Time

Activities inside the Computer Networks group under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lisandro Granville focusing on research and lessons about Network Functions Virtualization, Network Management, and Information Visualization.

Undergraduate Student Researcher
Partial Time

Activities inside the Laboratory of Comfort and Energy Efficiency (LABCEE) under researching and developing Artificial Intelligence and Computational Simulations applications with the focus on energy efficiency in green buildings.

Publications

A complete list of my publications is available at the repositories maintained by ScholarResearchGate, and DBLT. Furthermore, my last activities as Reviewer can be verified at Publons.

For organization reasons, only the last 4 years are shown here:

2021

  • [Full Paper] M. Franco, N. Berni, E. Scheid, B. Rodrigues, C. Killer, B. Stiller: SaCI: a Blockchain-based Cyber Insurance Approach for the Deployment and Management of a Contract Coverage; 18th International Conference on the Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems and Services (GECON 2021), "LNCS", Virtually, September 2021, pp 1–14. (To appear)
  • [Book Chapter] E. Scheid, B. Rodrigues, C. Killer, M. Franco, S. Rafati, B. Stiller: Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers Uncovered: Clarifications, Achievements, and Open Issues; in: Michael Goedicke, Erich Neuhold, Kai Rannenberg (Edt.), "Advancing Research in Information and Communication Technology", Springer, Cham, Switzerland, No. 1, August 2021, pp 1–29. Link
  • [Full Paper] M. Franco, J. von der Assen, L. Boillat, C. Killer, B. Rodrigues, E. John Scheid, L. Granville, B. Stiller: SecGrid: A Visual System for the Analysis and ML-Based Classification of Cyberattack Traffic; IEEE 46th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2021), Virtually, Edmonton, Canada, October 2021, pp. 1–8. (To appear)
  • [Short Paper] L. Mueller, B. Rodrigues, E. Scheid, M. Franco, C. Killer, B. Stiller: LaFlector: A Privacy-Preserving LiDAR-Based Approach for Accurate Indoor Tracking; IEEE 46th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2021), Virtually, Edmonton, Canada, October 2021, pp. 1–4. (To appear)
  • [Journal] M. Franco, B. Rodrigues, C. Killer, E. Scheid, A. De Carli, A. Gassmann, D. Schoenbaechler, B. Stiller: WeTrace: a Privacy-preserving Tracing Approach; KICKS and IEEE ComSoc, Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), Special Issue on Communications and Networking Approaches for Combatting COVID-19, October 2021, pp. 1–16.Link
  • [Poster] M. Franco, J. von der Assen, L. Boillat, C. Killer, B. Rodrigues, E. Scheid, L. Granville, B. Stiller, B. Rodrigues, B. Stiller: DDoSGrid: a Platform for the Post-mortem Analysis and Visualization of DDoS Attacks; IFIP Networking 2021, Virtually, Espoo, Finland, June 21-24 2021, pp. 1–3. Link
  • [Poster] R. Ribeiro, B. Rodrigues, C. Killer, L. Baumann, M. Franco, E. Scheid, B. Stiller: ASIMOV: A Fully Passive WiFi Device Tracking; IFIP Networking 2021, Virtually, Espoo, Finland, June 21-24 2021, pp. 1–3. Link
  • [Full Paper] E. Scheid, A. Knecht, T. Strasser, C. Killer, M. Franco, B. Rodrigues, B. Stiller: Edge2BC: a Practical Approach for Edge-to-Blockchain IoT Transactions; IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2021), Virtually, Darlinghurst, Australia, May 2021, pp. 1–9. Link
  • [Full Paper] C. Killer, M. Knecht, C. Müller, B. Rodrigues, E. Scheid, M. Franco, B. Stiller: Æternum: A Decentralized Voting System with Unconditional Privacy; IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2021), Virtually, Darlinghurst, Australia, May 2021, pp. 1–8. Link
  • [Tutorial] C. Killer, B. Rodrigues, E. John Scheid, M. Franco, B. Stiller: Blockchain-based Remote Electronic Voting from Theory to Practice; IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2021), Virtually, Bordeaux, France, Bordeoux, France, May 2021.
  • [Full Paper] B. Rodrigues, C. Halter, M. Franco, E. John Scheid, C. Killer, B. Stiller: BluePIL: a Bluetooth-based Passive Indoor Localization Method; IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2021), Virtually, Bordeaux, France, May 2021, pp. 1–9. Link

2020

  • [Full Paper] M. Franco, B. Rodrigues, E. Scheid, A. Jacobs, C. Killer, L. Granville, B. Stiller: SecBot: a Business-Driven Conversational Agent for Cybersecurity Planning and Management; 16th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM 2020), Izmir, Turkey, November 2020, pp. 1–7. Link
  • [Full Paper] C. Killer, B. Rodrigues, E. J. Scheid, M. Franco, M. Eck, N. Zaugg, A. Schetlin, B. Stiller: Provotum: A Blockchain-Based and End-to-End Verifiable Remote Electronic Voting System; IEEE 45th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2020), Sidney, Australia, November 2020, pp. 1–12. Link
  • [Journal] Bruno Rodrigues, Eder Scheid, Christian Killer, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller: Blockchain Signaling System (BloSS): Cooperative Signaling of Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks; Journal of Network and Systems Management, Springer Nature, August, 2020, pp. 1-37. Link
  • [Full Paper] Muriel Franco, Erion Sula, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder Scheid, Burkhard Stiller: ProtectDDoS: a Platform for Trustworthy Offering and Recommendation of Protections; International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Software and Services (GECON 2020), Izola, Slovenia, September 15-17, 2020. Link
  • [Technical Report] Christian Killer, Lucas Thorbecke, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder John Scheid, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller: Proverum: A Hybrid Public Verifiability for Decentralized Identity Management; University of Zurich, Department of Informatics IfI, Communication Systems Group CSG, IFI Technical Report 2020.03, Zürich, Switzerland, August 2020. Link
  • [Demo] Getoar Gallopeni, Bruno Rodrigues, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller: A Practical Analysis on Mirai Botnet Traffic; IFIP Networking 2020, Paris, France, 22-25 June, 2020. Link
  • [White Paper] Alessandro De Carli, Muriel Franco, Andreas Gassmann, Christian Killer, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder John Scheid, David Schoenbaechler, Burkhard Stiller: WeTrace: Privacy-preserving Mobile COVID-19 Tracing Approach and Application; Technical Report, Zürich, Switzerland, April 2020. Link
  • [Tutorial] Christian Killer, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder Scheid, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller: Practical Introduction to Blockchain-based Remote Electronic Voting; IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2020), 3-6 May, Toronto, Canada. Link
  • [Full Paper] Eder J. Scheid, P. Widmer, B. Rodrigues, M. Franco, B. Stiller: A Controlled Natural Language to Support Intent-based Blockchain Selection; IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2020), 3-6 May 2020, Toronto, Canada, pp. 1-9. Link
  • [Book Chapter] Bruno Rodrigues, Muriel Franco, Eder Scheid, Salil S. Kanhere, Burkhard Stiller. A Technology-driven Overview on Blockchain-based Academic Certificate Handling. IGI Global. 2020, pp. 197-223. Link
  • [Journal] V. Garcia, G. Venâncio, E. P. Duarte, T. Tavares, L. Marcuzzo, C. dos Santos, M. Franco, L. Bondan, L. Granville, A. Egon, F. De Turck: On the Design and Development of Emulation Platforms for NFV-based Infrastructures; International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, v. 11, No. 2, pp. 230, 2020. Link

2019

  • [Full Paper] Muriel Franco, Bruno Rodrigues, Burkhard Stiller: MENTOR: The Design and Evaluation of a Protection Services Recommender System; 15th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM 2019), Halifax, Canada, October 21-25. Link
  • [Full Paper] Bruno Rodrigues, Muriel Franco, Geetha Parangi, Burkhard Stiller: SEConomy: A Framework for the Economic Assessment of Cybersecurity; 16th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services (GECON 2019), Leeds, UK, September 17-19, 2019, pp. 154-166. Link
  • [Full Paper] Muriel Franco, Martin Bucher, Eder Scheid, Lisandro Granville, Burkhard Stiller: GENEVIZ: A Visual Tool for Construction and Blockchain-based Validation of SFC; 16th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services (GECON 2019), Leeds, UK, September 17-19, 2019, pp. 15-28. Link
  • [Technical Report] Muriel Franco, Bruno Rodrigues, Burkhard Stiller: On the Recommendation of Protection Services; Technical Report No. ifi-2019.06, August 2019; Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zurich UZH, Switzerland. Link
  • [Short Paper] Eder Scheid, Manuel Keller, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller: BUNKER: a Blockchain-based trUsted VNF pacKagE Repository; 16th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services (GECON 2019), Leeds, UK, September 17-19, 2019, pp. 188-196. Link
  • [Full Paper] Muriel Franco, Eder Scheid, Lisandro Granville, Burkhard Stiller: BRAIN: Blockchain-based Reverse Auction for Infrastructure Supply in Virtual Network Functions-as-a-Service; IFIP Networking 2019, Warshaw, Poland, May 20-22, pp. 1-9. Link
  • [Journal] R. Pfitscher, A. Jacobs, L. Zembruzki,  R dos Santos, E. Scheid, M. Franco, A. Schaeffer-Filho, L. Granville: Guiltiness: A Practical Approach for Quantifying Virtual Network Functions Performance; Computer Networks (COMNET), June 2019, pp. 14-31.  Link
  • [Journal]  Vênancio, G.; Garcia, V. F.; Marcuzzo, L. C.; Tavares, T. N.; Franco, M. F.; Bondan, L.; Schaeffer-Filho, A.; Raniery, C.; Granville, L. Z.; Procópio, E.: Beyond VNFM: Filling the Gaps of the ETSI VNF Manager to Fully Support VNF Lifecycle Operations; International Journal of Network Management (IJNM), April 2019. pp.  1-16.  Link
  • [Journal] L. Bondan, M. F. Franco, L. Marcuzzo, G. Venancio, R. L. Santos, R. J. Pfitscher, E. J. Scheid, B. Stiller, F. De Turck, E. P. Duarte, A. E. Schaeffer-Filho, C. R. P. Santos, and L. Z. Granville: FENDE: Marketplace-Based Distribution, Execution, and Life Cycle Management of VNFs; IEEE Communications Magazine, 57(1): January 2019, pp. 1389-1406. Link

2018

  • [Demo] Bondan, Lucas; Franco, Muriel F. ; Schaeffer-Filho, Alberto E. ; Granville, Lisandro Z. ; Marcuzzo, Leonardo ; Schneider, Cassiano A. D. S. ; dos Santos, Carlos R. P. ; Venâncio, Giovanni ; Duarte, Elias P.: FENDE: Marketplace and Federated Ecosystem for the Distribution and Execution of VNFs; ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Conference on Posters and Demos (SIGCOMM '18), Budapest, Bulgary, August 2018. pp. 135. Link
  • [Full Paper] Pfitscher, Ricardo J. ; Jacobs, Arthur S. ; Scheid, Eder J. ; Franco, Muriel F. ; Santos, Ricardo L. Dos ; Schaeffer-Filho, Alberto E. ; Granville, Lisandro Z.: A model for quantifying performance degradation in virtual network function service chains; IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2018), Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018, pp. 1-9. Link
  • [Full Paper] Jacobs, Arthur Selle ; Pfitscher , Ricardo José ; Santos, Ricardo Luis Dos ; Franco, Muriel Figueredo ; Scheid, Eder John ; Granville, Lisandro Zambenedetti: Artificial neural network model to predict affinity for virtual network functionsIEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2018), Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018, pp. 1-9. Link
  • [Full Paper] Tavares, Thales Nicolai ; da Cruz Marcuzzo, Leonardo ; Fulber Garcia, Vinicius ; Venâncio de Souza, Giovanni ; Figueredo Franco, Muriel ; Bondan, Lucas ; De Turck, Filip ; Granville, Lisandro Zambenedetti ; Procopio Duarte Junior, Elias ; Raniery Paula dos Santos, Carlos ; Schaeffer-Filho, Alberto Egon: NIEP: NFV Infrastructure Emulation PlatformIEEE 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA), Kraków, Poland, May 2018, pp. 173. Link
  • [Full Paper] Nobre, J. ; Penz, L. L. ; Franco, M. F. ; Granville, L. Z.: On the Use of a Measurement Correlation Service for Measurement Federations; IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), Natal, Brazil, June 2018, pp. 1-8. Link

Recent projects

CONCORDIA (2019-Current)

The vision of CONCORDIA is to build strong community cooperation between all European cybersecurity stakeholders, fostering the development of IT products and cybersecurity solutions along the whole supply chain. My work focuses on different aspects of the project, especially Task 4.3, which aims to understand and handle the economic impacts of cyberattacks.
My role: Researcher
Sponsor: European Commission H2020

SecGrid (2019-Current)

The project focuses on developing a platform for the processing, extraction, and analysis of malicious network traffic. For that, SecGrid implements a set of extensible miners, machine learning algorithms, and insightful visualizations for the understanding of behaviors and characteristics of cyberattacks.
My role: Researcher, Project Manager
Sponsor: University of Zurich

PasWITS (2020-Current)

PasWITS explores two fundamental points from a business point of view: (1) the capture of passively device data and its identification, and (2) data correlation and visualization, which involves the correlation of devices and users and prediction of scenarios (i.e., prediction of events and exhibition performance). I contribute with the discussions on research directions and dissemination of results (i.e., papers and articles) in selected scientific venues.
My role: Collaborator
Sponsor: Inosuisse

COVID-19 Tracing Approach (2020-2021)

This project arose during the COVID-19 pandemic as an initiative of the Papers.ch and the Communication Systems Group CSG to contribute to the community in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed approach, called WeTrace, utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BTE) communication channels and asymmetric cryptography to provide a fully privacy-preserving application for tracing infected people.
My role: Collaborator, Researcher
Sponsor: University of Zurich

E-Voting and Blockchain (2019-Current)

This project focuses on research and developing Remote Electronic Voting (REV) systems to support the electronic transformation of political systems. For that, technologies like blockchain and state-of-the-art cryptography concepts have been explored to implement a BC-based REV system that supports a fully end-to-end verifiable voting process. My contribution remains on the collaboration for the threat modeling of E-votings and security analysis of implemented components.
My role: Collaborator, Security expert
Sponsor: University of Zurich

FENDE (2017-2020)

The project aimed to research, develop, and deploy a full-fledged ecosystem for the offer, distribution, and execution of Virtual Network Functions (VNF). This ecosystem was one of the first of its kind. It allowed for the automation of different aspects related to the acquisition and deployment of VNFs. I worked as a full-stack developer and assistant researcher in the first years and as a project manager in the last year, helping to consolidate all results and achieve the project's goals.
My role: Project Manager, Developer
Sponsor: Brazilian Research Network (RNP)

Teaching Activities

Teaching assistant in bachelors and master's courses of the Department of Informatics IfI at the University of Zurich UZH (Switzerland).

Professor at the Internet Systems bachelor degree of the Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul IFSul (Brazil).

  • Computer Networks (2017/1)
  • User Interfaces Design (2017/1)
  • Web Development (2017/1)

* A complete list of my talks as an invited speaker and education activities can be found in my Lattes CV.

Supervised Students



* If you are a student interested in a topic related to cybersecurity or network management for your thesis, feel free to contact me.

Bachelor Thesis:

  • Florian Imami: A Web-Based Interface for a Blockchain-based Cyber Insurance Approach; Universität Zürich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zürich, Switzerland, August 2021.
  • Bulin Shaqiri: Development and Refinement of a Chatbot for Cybersecurity Support; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, February 2021.
  • Amadeo Charle: Kirti: Decentralized Reputation and SLA Enforcement for Cybersecurity; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2020.
  • Dominik Jurilj: ReM: a Blockchain-based Reputation System for Infrastructure Providers; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2020.
  • Can Inan: A Visual Tool for the Analysis of Cybersecurity Investments; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2020.
  • Maximilian Tornow: Design and Implementation of a System to Request, Process and Store Information from Protection Services and Cyberattacks; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, April 2020.
  • Erion Sula: ProtecDDoS: A Recommender System for Distributed Denial-of-Service Protection Services; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2019.
  • Reto Odoni: Design and Implementation of a Distributed Denial-of-Service Data Simulator; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2019.
  • Lawand Muhamad: Analysis of Unwanted Advertising Traffic: An Economic and User Experience Perspective; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2019.
  • Martin Bucher: GENEVIZ - Generation, Validation, and Visualization of SFC Packages; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2019.

Master Thesis:

  • Erion Sula: SecRiskAI: A Machine Learning-based Tool for Cybersecurity Risk Assessment; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2021.
  • Luc Boillat: DDoSGrid-Mining: Analyzing and Classifying DDoS Attack Traffic; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, March 2021.
  • Jan von der Assen: DDoSGrid 2.0: Integrating and Providing Visualizations for the European DDoS Clearing House; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, February 2021.
  • Noah Berni: SC4CyberInsurance: Automated Cyber-Insurance Contracts; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, January 2021.
  • Sebastian Sanchez: An Intent-Aware Chatbot for Cybersecurity Recommendation; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, March 2020.

Master Projects:

  • Viktor Matejka, Juan Angel Huacan Soto: A Framework for the Definition and Analysis of Cyber Insurance Requirements; Universität Zürich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zürich, Switzerland, September 2021.
  • Chao Feng, Qiaowen Wang, Xianxiao Xu: SHINE: a Collaborative System for Sharing Insights and Information of Economic Impacts of Cyberattacks; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2021.
  • Luc Boillat, Jan von der Assen: A Tool for Visualization and Analysis of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks; University of Zurich, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, Zurich, Switzerland, April 2020.

News and Updates

Get in touch.

Contact Information

Always available for collaborations and discussions. Feel free to contact me.

  • University of Zurich, Department of Informatics (IFI)
    Binzmühlestrasse 14, CH-8050, Zurich
    Room: BIN 2.E.05
  • franco@ifi.uzh.ch
  • Phone: +41 44 635 43 72