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Seminar Secure Systems Engineering SS 2021

Course number and language

This is course  L.079.08009

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

Registration and topic assignments

If you would like to take part in a seminar in Summer Semester 2021, you must register for the course "All Seminars Summer Term 2021". The course captures the registration for ALL seminars.
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After passing this assignment procedure, you will be able to participate in this seminar.

We are going to provide several topics for this seminar. To provide quality mentoring for each student, each topic will be assigned to one and one student only.

The list of topics will be available in the PANDA course (see below) as soon as it is available.

In order to participate, students should:

  • Attend the first session. During this session, we will give out instructions on how to apply for each topic. We will announce the topic assignment until April 27th.
  • Register on PAUL for the exam of the seminar.

Panda page

We provide a Panda page for this course.

The panda system will be used for:

  • Providing material, e.g., slides or templates
  • Handing in Assignments
  • Communication

You will be added to the panda course automatically after getting assigned to this seminar.


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.


  • Be registered in the Master program at UPB.
  • Be registered to the course "All Seminars Summer Term 2021" (L.079.08099) on PAUL and getting assigned to this course after the application procedure for seminars.