Proseminar ETiT

Proseminar Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
TUCaN course ID: 18-sm-1000-ps
Organization: Pratyush Agnihotri

Scope of the Seminar

The Proseminar ETiT (TuCaN ID 18-sm-1000-ps) addresses B.Sc. students of Electrical Engineering disciplines and covers various topics from the fields of computer science and electrical engineering. It is usually the first seminar that students take during their studies. Therefore, the focus lies on the process of finding, reading, and understanding scientific publications (conference papers, articles) related to a given topics and on categorizing and summarizing the results in oral form (presentation) and written form (short paper).

Contents of the Proseminar

For the Proseminar, you individually agree on a topic with one of our scientific staff members. A range of potential topics offered by our team members can be found on the KOM Lab/Project page as well as the MM-Com Seminar Series in the winter term and the summer term. Of course you can also agree on an individual topic based on your research interest. We will gladly provide help to identify a matching tutor here at KOM and to clarify all organizational issues - please contact the respective staff as stated above.

Once we identified a suitable topic and tutor for your Proseminar, your tutor will guide you through the process of identifying and searching for relevant related work regarding your chosen topic. Usually, he or she will provide you with a number of initial sources that you can use as a starting point to extend your search. You will meet with your tutor usually once per week to discuss the literature you found and to prepare the final submission and your presentation (more details below).

Organizational Issues 

  • Begin: any time. Just contact us, ideally with a rough proposal of a topic you would like to work on. In case you do not have a topic yet, we will try to find a suitable one for you.
  • Duration: usually 2-3 months depending on your commitment (2 CP)
  • Deliverables: a presentation about your findings and a written report (details below)
  • Credit Points: 2 CP. Please note: we transfer grades twice a year, so depending on the start of your task you might have to wait a few months before the final grades are available in TUCaN.

Final Presentation

You need to present your final results to a group of researchers here at KOM. Within 15 minutes, explain your task and give an overview of existing solutions (related work) as well as a categorization or structure of the related work that you derived during your research phase. After the presentation, there will be some time for discussion with the audience. Dates for the presentations are scheduled on demand.

Written Short Paper

Until your presentation date, you also need to hand in your written seminar paper to your tutor, cc the organizing staff. The paper should summarize your findings and ideally highlight open and interesting directions for future research within the respective domain. Please use the LaTeX template provided by the IEEE for your submission (in case you did not work with LaTeX yet, the seminar might be a good opportunity to start doing so - otherwise, you might also use the provided Word-Template). Formally, the paper should be at least 4 pages long (in 11 pt, 2-column IEEE format), containing scientific references. However, core requirement is the structured and reasonable discussion of related work: fulfilling only the formal requirement of handing in 4 pages does not guarantee a passing grade.

Obviously, we do not tolerate plagiarism. If your submissions (paper, presentation) contain plagiarized parts, you will be graded with a 5,0 and we will notify the examination office. By participating in the seminar, you agree that you have read and understood the information on plagiarism.



Proseminar ETiT at Other Institutes

Besides our own offer, further topics are provided by our colleagues from other computer engineering ("Datentechnik") institutes.

Please find their corresponding Web pages regarding the Proseminar at the following addresses: