Seminar: Advanced Topics in Future Internet Research (WS 18/19)

Seminar Multimedia Communications 1/2
TUCaN course ID: 18-sm-2300-se, 18-sm-2090-se
Organization: Manisha Luthra
Nils Richerzhagen
Contact: atfir@kom...

The seminar "Advanced Topics in Future Internet Research" 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)

The seminar 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. A full list of topics offered in this semester is provided at the bottom of this page.

Registration Procedure

Registration is possible online after the kickoff meeting and until the registration deadline. Please use the online registration form to state your personal data as well as your topics of interest. All organizational information as well as the possibility to discuss the topics directly with the respective supervisors is provided during the kickoff meeting as well as on this homepage.

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 (WS 17/18)

Registration and Introduction

Monday, 15.10.2018, 14:25 - 16:00 in S3|20 5 - Kickoff Event and Consultation Hour
All organizational aspects of the lab will be explained and open questions are addressed by the organizers. 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!

Monday, 22.10.2018, 18:00 CET - Deadline for the Online Registration
Until this deadline, you need to register with us using the online registration form (link provided above). Later registrations cannot be accepted. 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 by the end of the week.

Workshops (optional)

Thursday, 25.10.2018, 14:25 - 16:00 in S3|20 111 - Workshop: Literature Research
We will provide some information on how to conduct literature research and give hints on how to write up your results for the final report. Highlighting common pitfalls as well as best practices, we want to help you to succeed in the ATFIR seminar. This workshop is optional - but you are highly encouraged to attend.

Thursday, 17.01.2019, 14:25 - 16:00 in S3|20 111 - Workshop: Good Seminar Presentations
As the final presentations for ATFIR are rapidly approaching, we want to provide some guidance on how to give a good scientific presentation (not only for a seminar, but also for BA/MA Theses...). By analyzing examples from previous semesters, some common pitfalls as well as best practices for presentations are discussed. This workshop is optional - but you are highly encouraged to attend.

Final Submissions and Presentations

Monday, 21.01.2019, 23:59 CET - Submission Deadline for Semi-Final Papers and Presentations
Submit semi-final versions of your slides (talk) and the seminar paper to your supervisor and cc to atfir@kom... for further feedback prior to the final presentations. Please note: if the versions handed in do not meet the minimum standards of the seminar series, we might exclude you from the final presentations. Obviously, you can still change your slides after this deadline to improve them for the final presentation.

Friday, 01.02.2018, 23:59 CET - Final Submission Deadline for Papers & Presentations
Submit your final seminar paper and the presentation slides via e-mail to your supervisor, cc to atfir@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.

Monday, 04.02.2018, 9:00 - 18:00 in S3|20 111 - ATFIR Workshop (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 you 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 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 three blocks (i) survey paper (40%), (ii) presentation and discussion (40%), and (iii) 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 students attending the Multimedia Communications Seminar II, as this is a module within the master's degree.

Offered Topics

The seminar covers various areas of multimedia communications and networking. At the kickoff meeting, students can register for the seminar and specify their personal area(s) of interest (see details above). 

An updated list of topics for the upcoming winter term 2018/19 will be published until October.