Multimedia Communications Seminar: Current Topics in Web Applications, Information Management and Semantics

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Christoph Rensing

Overall Topic: Novel Methods and Application Areas for Recommender Systems

Recommender systems are very active area of both research and application (well known applications include Amazon or Netflix). This seminar covers novel methods for realization of recommender systems, e.g. machine learning, deep learning, or context-aware methods. In addition the focus is also on novel application areas for recommender systemes like crowdsourcing or educational applications, which demands particular requirements. In theses application areas the requirements differ from the requirements of usual product recommendations.


Please see this description for general information on the seminars offered by KOM.

This seminar is available for both Bsc. and MSc. students, therefore please be careful to select the right module in TUCan: 18-sm-2300-se for BSc. and 18-sm-2090-se. for MSc.

If you're looking for the Proseminar ETIT, please visit here.

The topics below are not offered for the Proseminar ETIT.

List of topics

The list of topics can you find here.

Summary as additional request

You have to create your own summary of your preferred topic. The summary should have a length of 2500 to a maximum of 3000 characters (including spaces). In addition to the summary, please include three references to related work in APA format.
Send your summary and references by Monday, April 30, 2018, at 10:00 am by e-mail to Based on the summaries and references, we will decide on admission to the seminar and inform you on Wednesday, May 2.

Important dates


Participation at all meetings is mandatory. Please note that the meetings take place in building S3|20, room 4 and start at 14:25.

  • Tue, 17.04.2018 (14:25 - 15:55): Seminar organization and topics presentation
  • Tue, 24.04.2018 (14:25 - 15:55): Research issues and introduction to Recommender Systems
  • Tue, 26.06.2018 (10:00 - 17:00): Student Presentations


  • Topic registration: 22.04.2018 23:59 pm (CEST)
  • First complete version of the term paper: 05.06.2018 11:59 pm (CEST)
  • Reviews of all papers assigned to you: 12.06.2018 11:59 pm (CEST)
  • Final paper: 21.06.2018 23:59 pm (CEST)
  • Presentation Slides: 24.06.2018 23:59 pm (CEST)

Tasks and Assessment Criteria

As participant your tasks in the seminar are:

  • to select your topic
  • to read one or two initial papers describing your topic
  • to search for related papers
  • to present your topic based on the papers during a seminar session
  • to write a term paper about your topic

    • based on your initial papers and additional papers about the topic you searched for

  • to review one or two term papers of fellow students
  • to participate in the final seminar session and discuss the topics during this session

Assessment criteria are:

  • Your preliminary term paper
  • Your final term paper
  • Your reviews of papers from fellow students
  • Your presentation
  • Your participation in discussions


We use our own moodle platform to distribute information and papers and to collect your term papers and presentations. To get an acoount for this moodle platform please sent an E-Mail at Christoph Rensing with the following information: name and surname, student registration number, your E-Mail. We will sent you the access information. You can access the moodle coruse at


For the presentations, we will use only one laptop provided by us. Therefore, the corresponding slides have to be uploaded in moodle to the announced date. In order to avoid compatibility issues, all presentations have to be in PDF or PPT format. The presentation shall be 15 minutes long. After the presentation, there will be 10 minutes for discussion with the audience. Be aware, that you performance during the discussion is a part of the overall grade.


The final paper should have 5 pages for Multimedia Communications Seminar I and 8 pages for Multimedia Communications Seminar II (including bibliography). If the provided space is insufficient, you are allowed to use up to one additional page for the bibliography. Your term paper will be reviewed by your fellow students and your supervisor. The first and the final version of your complete term paper and the reviews have to be uploaded in moodle till the announced date.


Please use the templates provided here for your paper and presentation.

Important: Please note, that we check all submitted papers for plagiarism.

Important: Missing any of this achievements will lead to a failing grade. Submissions not meeting the deadlines will not be accepted and thus lead to a failing grade as well.


For registration please send an E-Mail to Christoph Rensing until 22.04.18 (23:59 pm) containing:

  • Name
  • Student number
  • Study course (Studiengang)
  • A list of three topics, in the order of preference
  • Mention whether you would be willing to get another topic (selected by us) if you do not get any of three choices (No mention will be taken as a "no")

Important: In addition you have to register in TUCaN.

Important: We will not accept more than one student for each topic/paper.


Slides presented in the Kick-Off Session

All additional materials will be available in moodle.