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Seminar Secure Systems Engineering WS 2020/2021


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's 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.

There will be several intermediate duties, all of which are prerequisites for passing this course! A detailed plan is published below.

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 comprise two mandatory sessions. In the remainder of the semester, students will work on their research topic independently and refer to their mentors when necessary.

This course will be held as an online course! All meetings will be done with MS Teams.

Attendance is mandatory for all students registered to the seminar.

The mandatory sessions are on the the following days:

  • Meeting 1 (April, 13th at 13:00): Organizational matters
  • Meeting 2 (expected on July, 27th and 28th): Online Block seminar

Detailed plan with submission deadlines (preliminary planning):

  • April, 16th: Announcement of the topics
  • April, 23rd: Topic selection
  • April, 27th: Announcement of topic assignment
  • May, 18th: Outline and Literature (submission)
  • June, 18th: Review version of thesis (submission)
  • June, 21st: Assignment of Peer-Reviews
  • June, 25th: Peer-Review submission
  • July, 9th: Presentation for supervisor feedback (submission)
  • July, 12th-16th: Supervisor Feedback
  • July, 26th: Final presentation (submission)
  • July 27th and 28th: Block seminar
  • August, 28th: Final thesis (submission)

All submissions are due until 23:59h CET on the respective days.

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.