Multimedia Communications Seminar

Seminar Multimedia Communications 1/2
TUCaN course ID: 18-sm-2300-se, 18-sm-2090-se,

Organization: Tim Steuer, Manisha Luthra, Anna Filighera

Contact: mmcs@kom...


Due to the current situation of COVID 19, we have all our appointments online.

 The seminar "Multimedia Communications Seminar" is targeted at students of electrical engineering and computer science, as well as related courses of study such as WI-ET or Wirtschaftsinformatik. It is open to both bachelor and master/diploma students.

  • 18-sm-2300-se / Multimedia Communications Seminar I (primarily for B.Sc. students)
  • 18-sm-2090-se / Multimedia Communications Seminar II (primarily for M.Sc. students)
  • 20-00-1065-se / Educational Technologies (Bildungstechnologien) (only in Computer Science FB 20)


 The seminar comprises two different tracks and offers topics in both tracks:












  • Adaptive Communication Systems (former Advanced Topics in Future Internet Research)
  • Educational Technologies (former Current Topics in Web Applications, Information Management and Semantics)


 Additionally, the seminar conveys the necessary methodology needed for solid scientific work. This part the same across the different tracks and will be taught by video lectures + exercises.

Attention: If you are pick 20-00-1065-se from FB20 (Educational Technologies) you need to join the Educational Technologies track.

Track: Adaptive Communication Systems

This track is chaired by the networking group of KOM. It covers various topics from the fields of computer science and electrical engineering, with a focus on the Internet and Internet-based technologies. The course specifically investigates current and upcoming trends, which are expected to be of utmost importance for the future evolution of the Internet itself and other technologies that rely on it. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Autonomous driving
  • Network Monitoring
  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • ...

Track: Educational Technologies

This track is chaired by the Knowledge Media group of KOM. It encompasses a variety of topics concerning the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing methods inside the educational domain. Students working in this track will e.g. work on topics like:

  • novel methods for realization of adaptive systems, e.g. machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, recommender systems, context-aware methods
  • novel application areas for adaptive systems, esp. education & research, which demands particular requirements.
  • ...

Registration Procedure


Since summer term 2020 the course will be held in moodle. Thus, if you register in TUCaN you will be able to see the moodle course Multimedia Communications Seminar one week prior to the start (13.04.2020). If, for any reason, you have registered in TUCaN but you can't join the moodle class, please contact us.

All organizational information as well as the possibility to discuss the topics directly with the respective supervisors is provided during an online kickoff meeting at 20.04.2020 14:30  (link provided in moodle).

Please also remember to register for this course and the corresponding exam in TUCaN! If you fail to do so, we may not be able to report your grade. Due to administrative reasons, the registration for the exam may only be available by the end of the semester, so please check TUCaN regularly.

Important Dates (SS 20)

Registration and Introduction

 Thursday, 13.04.2020, 00:00  - Moodle Course will be online
If you are registered for the class in TUCaN, after this deadline, you will be able to see the moodle course for the seminar in the TU Moodle instance ( Please familiarize yourself with the moodle. In case you are not able to see the moodle after registering contact us via email (at best before the kickoff)!

 Monday, 20.04.2020, 14:30 - Online - Kickoff Event and Consultation Hour
All organizational aspects of the seminar will be explained and open questions are addressed by the organizers via a Zoom Online Videoconference meeting. Afterwards, all available topics are briefly introduced by the respective tutors in an one minute madness session. After that session, there is an open consultation hour where you can talk directly to the tutors and clarify any questions regarding the topic itself or the organization of the seminar. Attendance during the kickoff event is optional, but highly recommended!

 Thursday, 23.04.2020, 18:00  - Deadline for Topic Voting
Until this deadline, you have to tell us your topic preferences in Moodle to allow us to distribute the topics among participants. We encourage you to talk to our tutors during the kickoff event to clarify the topics as well as any organizational issues prior to registration! We will notify you of the final task assignment until the coming Monday.

Final Submissions and Presentations

Monday, 22.6.2020, 23:59  - Submission Deadline for Semi-Final Papers for Peer Review
Submit semi-final versions to Moodle's Peer Review Activity. This allows your fellow students to give you feedback on the paper.

Sunday, 28.6.2020, 23:59  - Submission Deadline for Peer Reviews
You have to peer review two submitted papers of your fellow students until this deadline. Please follow the rating criteria and guidelines available in Moodle.

Wednesday, 15.07.2020, 23:59  - Submission Deadline for Final Papers & Presentations
Submit your final seminar paper and the presentation slides via e-mail to your supervisor, cc to mmcs@kom... - please note, that the handed-in version of the slides will be used for the final presentation. You cannot update your slides after this deadline.

Friday, 17.07.2020, 9:00 - 18:00 Online - Final Presentations
The final presentation workshop: you present your results in 20 minutes, and after each presentation there will be 10 minutes for discussions with the audience. Be sure to motivate your topic, and to provide relevant background information (brief), so that the audience can follow your talk. Also, highlight your personal findings and potential directions for future research based on your literature survey. Attendance at this workshop is mandatory.


No plagiarism!
All submitted seminar papers are checked for plagiarism. When submitting a paper in the scope of the seminar, you agree that you have read and understood the information on plagiarism (English version) and that your submission does not contain any plagiarized parts. If we nevertheless detect plagiarism within your seminar paper, your submission will be graded with 5,0 and we will notify your examination office.

Required Submissions and Grading

You need to submit a survey paper and give a presentation - please note, that we offer two optional workshops that provide you with additional information on how to write a survey paper and on how to present your findings. Although the workshops are optional, we encourage you to attend them in order to fulfill the requirements of the seminar series.

Survey Paper

You hand in a paper summarizing your findings and structuring relevant related work. This paper should contain (i) an introduction stating the motivation and context of the topic, (ii) a section on your methodology on how you structured or categorized the related work, (iii) brief summaries of related work and your assessment according to the methodology discussed earlier, (iv) a conclusions containing pointers for relevant future work or interesting open questions. This does not necessarily reflect the actual structure of the paper, but these points need to be addressed.

Formal requirements: if you attend the Multimedia Communications Seminar I (e.g., if you pursue a Bachelor's degree), the paper should be 5 pages long, including scientific references. Students attending the Multimedia Communications Seminar II (e.g., pursuing a Master's degree) need to hand in 8 pages including scientific references. This is due to the fact that we expect Master's students to be more familiar with the literature research process. Please use LaTeX for your submission, using the IEEE template.

Please note, that the content of the paper is graded in addition to the formal requirements. Only fulfilling the formal requirements does not guarantee a passing grade.


You present the results of your work to your colleagues and the staff here at KOM during the final ATFIR workshop (dates provided above). For your presentation, you have exactly 20 minutes - after 20 minutes, your presentation will be interrupted. During your presentation, you should (i) introduce the task and its motivation to the audience, (ii) provide some information on your methodology as required in the survey paper, (iii) highlight the findings that you consider most interesting (do not just summarize every paper your read!), and (iv) discuss issues for further research and open questions. You should use the provided template - if you chose not to use it (there might be good reasons for doing so!), please ensure to still adhere to the expectations on a scientific presentation as discussed during the respective workshop.

After the presentation, there will be an additional 10 minutes for discussion with the audience. Be aware, that your performance during the discussion is a part of the overall grade.


Grading is based on your survey paper as well as your final presentation, including the discussion. Both paper and presentation are assessed by your tutor as well as the other staff members of KOM attending the final workshop. Additionally, your tutor grades how you worked during the seminar and whether your achieved results match the expectations and requirements stated by the tutor. In the end, the final grade is composed out of the four blocks (i) survey paper (40%), (ii) peer review (10%), (iii) presentation and discussion (30%), and (iv) the tutor's grade for your work during the semester (20%).

The criteria vary depending on your course of studies: obviously, we expect more from the students attending the Multimedia Communications Seminar II, as this is a module within the master's degree.

Offered Topics

At the kickoff meeting, students can register for the seminar and specify their personal area(s) of interest (see details above). 

The list of topics for SS 20 will be available in the corresponding moodle course.