SM 453/IS 722 Bachelor and Master Seminar

Course Information
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Christian Becker
Type Seminar (SM 453 for Bachelor & IS 722 for Master)
Credit Points 6 ECTS (MMM), 4 ECTS (WI)
Prerequisites Basic knowledge in information technology
Course Language English
Form of assessment Conference style seminar (see details below)
Registration Please see information below!
Martin Breitbach, M.Sc.

Martin Breitbach, M.Sc.

Contact person for Seminar

For further information please contact Martin Breitbach.

Melanie Heck, M.Sc.

Melanie Heck, M.Sc.

Contact person for Seminar

For further information please contact Melanie Heck.

  • Schedule

    Registration start We 01.01.2020
    Registration deadline Mo 10.02.2020
    Confirmation Th 13.02.2020
    Kick-Off Meeting tba, presumably Mo 17.02.2020
    First paper draft deadline tba
    Review deadline tba
    Camera ready (final) paper deadline tba
    Conference (final presentations) tba
  • Conference style seminar

    This seminar is organized in a scientific conference style. All accepted participants must write a scientific paper about the assigned topics and submit those papers until the first draft deadline. After that, the paper review phase starts and each paper will be assigned to at least two other participants who have to review the papers of two or three other authors. After the review phase, the reviews must be submitted to the supervisors, which distribute them to the paper authors. After that, the authors have time to improve their papers based on the feedback from the reviews, before they need to hand in their camera-ready (final) version of the paper. At the end of the semester, the „conference“ (final presentations) will take place.

    The grading is divided into different parts: The first part is the camera ready version of the seminar paper. This is the most important part and it is weighted with 50% of the overall grade. Second, the reviews for the other authors  are weighted with 20%. It is crucial to look at the work of others with a critical eye and to give constructive feedback. The last grading criterion is the presentation at the „conference“ and the participation during the discussions (30%). 

    If the assigned topic contains an implementation part, students do not need to participate in the review phase. For these topics, the grading is divided into 70% for the implementation and 30% for the presentation and participation during the discussions.

    Attendance at the kick-off session and the final presentation session is mandatory.

    All papers must use the IEEE manuscript template. Bellow, we offer a customized version of the template (page numbering is already included).

  • Registration

    Please apply via our online registration tool only (accessible inside the university network via VPN) . For the registration deadline, please take a look at the schedule.


    • CV
    • Transcript of records

    We will not consider registrations via e-mail or incomplete registrations in the registration tool.


  • Topics

    Coming soon...


    Example topics from the previous semester:


    Let the Machine Anticipate Your Preferences: A Taxonomy of Implicit Feedback Mechanisms.

    Supervisor: Melanie Heck

    Smart vending machines in Japan use computer vision techniques to identify the user’s age and gender, and then offer product recommendations that might be of interest for this target group. But a customer’s preferences might not always coincide with those of customers exhibiting similar characteristics, nor does a person prefer the same product every day.

    Approaches therefore exist that use implicit feedback mechanisms to infer the user’s current interest.

    The goal of this seminar paper is to review literature on implicit feedback mechanisms and to devise a taxonomy for their classification. Based on the taxonomy, the suitability of each approach for vending machines will be evaluated.

    Wanted! A Killer Application for Location-Aware Edge Computing   

    Supervisor: Martin Breitbach

    Edge Computing is one of the biggest current trends in the IT sector. The idea is simple: Instead of offloading tasks to central cloud resources, applications delegate computationally intensive tasks to devices at the “edge” of the network such as smartphones, desktop PCs, or small servers attached to cell towers. Offloading to the edge has several advantages such as lower latencies, less privacy concerns, or better utilization of idle end-user devices. One question, however, often remains unanswered: Which applications are especially suitable for offloading in the edge?

    The goal of this seminar paper is to answer the aforementioned question comprehensively for location-aware edge computing. The student’s task is to pave the way towards a killer application for edge computing by providing a systematic overview of potential real-world use cases.

    ***Implementation*** Profiling a Serverless Computing Architecture with Amazon Lambda

    Supervisor: Janick Edinger

    Cloud computing comes in different flavors.  While in Software-as-a-Service customers use predefined web applications, Infrastructure-as-a-Service allows users to rent bare computing instances by the hour. When customers require computing resources in a more fine-granular way, serverless computing becomes on option. Serverless computing does not mean that code is executed without servers. Instead, code is executed (and accounted for) on a per-request basis. This makes resource usage more efficient for customers (as only used capacity is charged) and makes cloud computing easier scalable.

    The objective of this seminar work is to implement and deploy a minimal application with Amazon Lambda and profile the cloud execution environment. This thesis requires basic knowledge of either Java, Python, or C++ programming.