This Proseminar conveys students a basic competence in understanding, evaluating, and presenting scientific articles. The seminar will be held "conference style", i.e., students take on the roles of academic reviewers, which have to understand and evaluate the scientific contributions of assigned papers and discuss those papers' contents, as well as of paper authors, which have to present scientific results in a precise and clear way to an audience.
The course tries to strike a balance between a certain diversity of topics and at the same time not requiring students to acquire background knowledge in too many different areas. Thus, the course will focus every year on two to three selected areas of practical cybersecurity from which the scientific papers are chosen.
The areas for winter term 2016/17 are:
The number of papers per topic will be determined based on the participants' interests.
There are no formal requirements for participation. But the course aims at students in the 2nd semester.
The official registration for the seminar will occur at the kick-off meeting. The students have to pre-register before 2016-10-30, 23:59:59 by sending an e-mail to email@example.com including a) your full name, b) your matriculation number, and c) your preferred paper are (see description above). For your final registration you have to show up in the kick-off meeting. Places for the final registration will be provided/repeated in the order of pre-registration until all places are taken.
The seminar will be held in a conference style, where each participant is both program committee member and paper author. This process is divided in the following three phases review phase, committee meeting, and conference. See also the following tentative course schedule for an overview of the respective deadlines.
As committee member, you have to read and understand two assigned scientific papers and their contributions. It is your job to write a review about the merits, drawbacks, and errors of each paper. This will be done in an online review system. In this course, we will tell each participant if he should be rather a proponent or an opponent of the assigned papers in order to guarantee a certain level of discussion at the committee meeting.
At the committee meeting, all participants have to be physically present to discuss the scientific papers and their reviews. Every paper will be assigned a discussion lead (the paper "author") that will summarize the reviews and lead the discussion between all participants on the topic of the paper. The paper reviewers should at this meeting be able to answer potential questions on the paper and be able to argue in favor of their review.
Every participant will also be the author of one of the select scientific papers and will give a short presentation about the assigned paper at a "conference", i.e., a meeting with all course participants.
Campus E9.1 (CISPA), Room 0.06
Kick-off meeting and introductory lecture
|2016-12-23, 23:59:59||Deadline for reviews (round 1)|
|2017-01-12, 23:59:59||Deadline for reviews (round 2)|
Campus E9.1 (CISPA), Room 0.07
|2017-01-22, 23:59:59||Deadline for presentation draft|
|2017-01-23 – 2017-02-02||Rehearsal talks|
Campus E9.1 (CISPA), Room 0.06
Here is a list of recommended literature on how to prepare a good presentation and a good report:
Like other groups, we decided to hold this Proseminar in English for several reasons: