Seminar: Trends in Distributed Systems

Lecturer Prof. Dr. Christian Becker
Coordinator M.Sc. Felix Maximilian Roth
Type Seminar (SM 453 for Bachelor & IS 722 for Master students)
ECTS SM 453: 4/5 ECTS (depending on "Prüfungsordnung" [Examination Regulations])
IS 722: 6 ECTS for all. According to the current version of the "Prüfungsordnung" (Examination Regulations), M.Sc. Business Informatics gain 4 ECTS for the seminar and 2 ECTS for the key qualification "Scientific Research". If the old version of the "Prüfungsordnung" (Examination Regulations) applies for your studies, you will get an appropriate amount of ECTS.
ID-Number SM 453 (Bachelor seminar; former: SM 441)
IS 722 (Master seminar)
Prerequisites basic knowledge in information technology
Course Language English
Form of Assessment Conference style seminar (see details below)
Application process Mandatory registration for this class is by e-mail: Please include (1) name, (2) matriculation number, (3) course of study (Bachelor or Master!), and (4) transcript of records. Further the registration should include a list of three preferred topics (in ordered priority). Without this prioritization the topics will randomly assigned. Topics will be assigned to students before the kick-off. Deregistrations are only accepted until September, 1. Application Deadline: August, 28. Incomplete registrations will be ignored!
Applicable for SM 453/441 (former): B.Sc. Business Informatics
IS 722: M.Sc. Management, M.Sc. Business Education, M.Sc. Business Informatics, Diploma Business Administration, Diploma Business Education
Acceptance notification August, 30
Kick-off session September, 4, 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm, L 15, 1-6 Room 714-715
Deadlines Seminar paper: November, 6, 12 noon
Reviews: November, 20, 12 noon
Camera ready paper: November, 27, 12 noon
Final Presentation December, 1, L15, 1-6 Room 714-715

Conference style seminar

This seminar is organized in a scientific conference style. All applicants are notified until February, 8, 2017 whether they are accepted. All accepted participants must write a scientific paper about the assigned topics and submit those papers until the deadline (November, 11, 12 noon). After that, the paper review phase starts and each paper will be assigned to at least two other participants who have to review the papers of two or three other authors. The review phase ends on November, 20, 12 noon, and the reviews must be submitted to the authors and the supervisors. After that, the authors have time to improve their papers based on the feedback from the reviews. The camera ready version (final  version) of the paper is due on the November, 27, 12 noon. The "conference" (final presentations) takes place on the December, 01

The grading is divided into different parts: The first part is the camera ready version of the seminar paper. This is the most important part and it is weighted with 50% of the overall grade. Second, the reviews for the other authors  are weighted with 20%. It is crucial to look at the work of others with a critical eye and to give constructive feedback. The last grading criterion is the presentation at the "conference" and the participation during the discussions (30%). 

If the assigned topic contains an implementation part the students don't need to participate in the review phase. For these topics the grading is divided into 70% for the implementation and 30% for the presentation and participation during the discussion.

Students have to pass each part separately. Attendance at the kick-off session and the final presentation session is mandatory.

For all papers the IEEE manuscript template must be used. Here, we offer a customized version of the Initiates file downloadtemplate (page numbering is already included).


The topics for the HWS 2017 will be announced at the end of July.