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Seminar Secure Systems Engineering WS 2019/2020



  • We added the panda link on this page (see below).


  • We change to the IEEE template for the thesis (see below).


  • Dates for mandatory meetings have been updated (see below).
  • The process for allocating the students is done


Course number and language

This is course L.079.08002.

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

Panda page

We provide a Panda page for this course:

The panda site contains:

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

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.

All sessions will take place at the Fraunhofer IEM build (Zukunftsmeile 1, 33102 Paderborn). You have to check in at our reception desk (on the 1st floor) to access our meeting rooms.

Attendance is mandatory for all students registered to the seminar.

The sessions are on the the following days:

  • 08.10.19 (Tue), 09:30-11:00 (ZM1.01-28): Meeting Canceled
  • 17.10.19 (Thu), 13:00-16:30 (ZM1.02-48): Organizational matters, topics presentation, and assignments + Workshop on how to write a brilliant paper  (with breaks inbetween)
  • 22.10.19 (Tue), 09:30-11:00 (ZM1.02-48): Workshop on how to give a brilliant talk
  • 22.01.20 (Wed), 09-18: Final Presentations, Day 1, ZM1.01-28
  • 23.01.20 (Thu), 09-16: Final Presentations, Day 2, ZM1.01-28

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.

Registration and topic assignments

This semester, 17 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 will be found here as soon as it is available.

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.


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


It is mandatory to use the following templates within this seminar.

Thesis template in LaTeX: We use the IEEE template. You can find it here:

Presentation template in Microsoft PowerPoint (POTX): download file

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