Student Project


The purpose of the student project to practically use and practice the foundations of scientific writing which you have learned in the seminar. This is your chance to exercise your writing muscle and produce a larger piece of work.

Furthermore, you will read you fellow students’ papers and write a review for them. The reviewer’s remarks will be used to edit the paper and eventually¬† submit your final version.

You will write a survey article about a particular field in computer science that gives an overview of the state of the art in that field. That means, that you will conduct a thorough  literature review, structure the material you found and write a report about the findings. This should include an overview of your topic and a description of its subtopics and aspects. For one subtopic which you find particularly intriguing or interesting, you should go into further detail and explain it in depth.

For this kind of paper, it is not necessary to include your own work. In particular, you should not make statements about the best/fastest/most efficient method or tool, as this would include an evaluation, choosing metrics, etc. This is not within the scope of your project paper.

The aim of this work is to learn and practice literature review, structure and limit a particular field and gain a thorough understanding.

Pay particular attention to balance and the central theme in your paper.

In detail, the project’s schedule will be the following:

milestonedue date
assignment of topicsApr 28 2016
submission of the first version of your paperJun 23 2016
submission of reviewsJun 23 2016
submission of the final version of the paperJun 30 2016

Afte the submission of the final version of your papers, we will collect them print a small booklet of all papers which you can take home.

Here are a paper from a past semester as well as two example reviews (in German).

document template  and submission procedure

To optimize publishing the booklet you have to submit your paper as a PDF file that has been created with the Springer template. There is a template for Word or LaTeX. Choose that version suits you best. Our recommendation: try and practice LaTeX. Please do not change the document settings such as fonts and margins. A minimal working LaTeX example can be found here.

Please submit your papers as well as your reviews to your blog.

Guidelines for your paper

Your paper should have 8-10 pages. It should have a title, an abstract, a main part with sections and of course references. Please write your paper in English.

Your paper should cover the topic that has been assigned to you. The following questions might help to construct your manuscript:

  • Which questions are central in the field of your topic? How did these questions evolve?
  • Which different aspects of subtopics is your topic comprised of?
  • What are outstanding and remarkable papers and books in your field? Which scientists have made large contributions? What are those contributions?
  • What are open questions that have to be solved in the future?

guidelines for your reviews

Here is some orientation for the reviews which borrows heavily from the IEEE review guidelines.

  • Focus on the guidelines for good scientific writing which you have learned during the course of the semester. Have your copies of Zobel and Skern ready (i.e. keep an eye on balance, tone, good structure, references, tables, good style etc.)
  • Emphasize in your reviewer comments the positive as well as negative aspects of the paper. The goal of the review is to help the authors editing their paper and make it better. It is helpful to name the strong aspects as well as the weaknesses of the paper.
  • Start your review with a summary of the paper in your own words. This is helpful for the authors to recognize if the message of the paper has reached the reader correctly.
  • Judge the paper as whole, but also give detailed remarks. Which aspects of the paper were good? Which passages need more clarity or detail?
  • Make sure the paper is focussed on the given topic.
  • Check if the content of the paper is correct and consistent.
  • Check citations and references thoroughly.
  • At the end of your review, you should give an overall evaluation:
    • publish as is — There is no need to edit the paper, you can submit it in the current version.
    • minor revision — the paper has some minor glitches such as spelling and grammar errors which can easily be corrected before publishing
    • major revision — the paper has strong deficits regarding the content and/or spelling and grammar. The paper needs to be edited heavily before publication.
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