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Seminar Secure Systems Engineering WS 2018/2019


2018.11.13: The Vkrit will take place on January 29th, at 1 pm in room F1 310. We kindly ask all students to be present for this event.

2018.10.18: The presentations are scheduled on January 29th. Due to the high number of students, we will hold four presentation sessions: two from 10 am to 12 am, and two from 2 pm to 4 pm. The list of topics presented at each session can be found here.

2018.10.10The list of topics can be found here.

Course number and language


The teaching language will be English. Informal communication in German and in French will be permitted.

Panda page

Panda page of the course: https://panda.uni-paderborn.de/course/view.php?id=3194&lang=en

  • Slides from the mandatory sessions.
  • Assignments must be handed in Panda.


In this seminar, students will learn basic skills on how to conduct scientific research, which will be useful in their studies and further academic career (Master thesis, project group, etc.). They will learn how to read, write, present, and give feedback on scientific publications and presentations.

This seminar will be practice-oriented. Therefore, students will be required to actively participate in the seminar. Students will be assigned hot topics in current research, and will conduct simple research on their topic, under a mentor's guidance.

The proposed research topics will cover Software and Systems Engineering as well as Software and Systems Security. Students will do a literature survey on the topic, extract and compile the information, develop their opinion on the state-of-the-art, write a small article on the topic, present their research, and review their peers' submissions.

Mandatory sessions:

The seminar will be comprised of four mandatory sessions. In the remainder of the semester, students will work on their research topic independently, and refer to their mentors when necessary.

The four sessions will take place on the following days. Attendance is mandatory for all students registered to the seminar:

  • 10.10.18, 10:30-13:00 (F0.231): Topics presentation and assignments.
  • 17.10.18, 09:30-12:00 (F0.225): Workshop on data gathering, paper reading, data extraction, critical thinking,
  • 17.10.18, 12:30-15:30 (F0.225): Workshop on writing, presenting, giving critical feedback.
  • 29.01.19: Final presentations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gather relevant literature.
  • Extract and sum up relevant data from the literature.
  • Express scientific, critical opinion on a research idea.
  • Write a scientific article.
  • Present a piece of research.
  • Provide feedback on a scientific article, or a presentation.

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Registration and topic assignments

This semester, 16 seminar topics are made available to the students. In order to provide quality mentoring for each student, each topic will be assigned to one and one student only.

The list of topics can be found here.

In order to register for the seminar, students should:

  • Attend the first session. During this session, we will give out instructions on how to apply for the topics. We will announce the topic assignments in the following week.
  • Register on PAUL for the exam of the seminar.

Before registering, we ask the students to carefully consider their registration to the seminar. Given the limited number of seminar topics, students should only apply for a seminar topic if they are cetrain to carry it until the end of the semester. Mentors invest considerable time and resources in a topic. Do not take a spot and abandon it later, when another student could have taken it.


  • Be registered in the Master program at UPB.
  • Be registered to the course on PAUL.


Presentation template in POTX: download file

Essay template in LaTeX: https://uni-paderborn.sciebo.de/s/aUztdnwY9xgE2WM/download

(Note: the default version is for Master thesis, you should change it to seminar report)