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In the summer semester 2022, this course will be held in a hybrid format!

Please enroll through TISS before March 9th, and follow the TUWEL page for up-to-date news!

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(1) The initial meeting (Vorbesprechung) for SS 2022 will be held on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 13:00 on zoom (link on TUWEL). 

(2) It is obligatory to register on TISS before March 9th, so that you can be added on TUWEL. All details about the course will be available on the TUWEL page. 

(3) The final presentations for SS 2022 will be held on Monday 20th June 2022 from 09:00 at Seminarraum FAV 05 (Favoritenstrasse 9, Stiege I, 5th Floor, room HA0503). Should there be any COVID-related changes, we will move to an online set-up.


General information


The goal of this seminar is to learn how to write and present a state-of-the-art report and to learn how to write a review on another report. A member of the teaching staff will guide and help students in acquiring the scientific material and writing the report. The students are also expected to present their work in front of the other students. Students are expected to work in groups of two, but if someone has strong preferences to work on their own, this is also possible. 

Tasks for the students:

Teaching staff will evaluate and grade students based on the following output:

  • An initial list of literature that a student intends to review. This document will be regarded as an official seminar registration of the student.
  • Attendance of the lectures "Forschung und wie sie funktioniert" by Professor Eduard Gröller, the lecture "Wie halte ich einen Vortrag" by Professor Hannes Kaufmann, and the lecture "Wie schreibt man eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit" by Professor Michael Wimmer. You can ask for a waiver in case you have already attended one of these talks (e.g., in other seminars).
  • written state of the art report in the form of a scientific paper. We strongly encourage that the reports are composed in LaTeX. The report must have a minimum of 16 pages, if students are working in groups of two (if students are working alone, the minimum is 8 pages). The report has to be written in English. See
    State of the Art in Surface Reconstruction from Point Clouds by Berger at al.
    A Survey on Transit Map Layout –from Design, Machine, and Human Perspectives by Wu et al.
    as examples.
  • written review of one of the surveys of another student/team.
  • presentation in English followed by a discussion. The duration of the presentation will be announced after the literature submission deadline. The slides are to be submitted prior to the talk on TUWEL.
  • Active discussion participation is expected after the presentation of other students. This will provide points for your final grade. 

Important Dates:

  • 09.03.2022: Initial meeting at 13:00 - 14:00 on zoom. In this meeting, the topics will be presented.
  • 09.03.2022: Confirm your enrolment on TUWEL (during the initial meeting).
  • 09.03.2022-12.03.2022: Select a topic/working group on TUWEL.
  • 14.03.2022-20.03.2022: Submit the list of literature on TUWEL.
  • Attend the following lectures:
    • 24.03.2022 (11:00-11:15): "How to write a scientific publication" by Professor Wimmer, on zoom. For this lecture, Prof. Wimmer is providing an excellent talk given by Prof. Arjan Kuijper from TU Darmstadt. The recording will be made available to the students, who will have to watch it beforehand and join the short discussion (Q&A) with Prof. Wimmer on March 24. Attending and participating in the discussion gives you points (see below). 
    • 06.04.2022 (15.00-15.15): "How to do a presentation", by Professor Kaufmann, on zoom. For this lecture, Prof. Kaufmann will make available a recording to the students, who will have to watch it beforehand and join the short discussion (Q&A) on April 6. Attending and participating in the discussion gives you points (see below). 
    • 27.04.2022 (11:00-13:00): "Science and how it works", by Professor Gröller at Seminarraum FAV 05 (Favoritenstrasse 9, Stiege I, 5th Floor, room HA0503). Attending and participating in the discussion gives you points (see below). 
  • 24.04.2022: Submit the intermediate report (half of the content).
  • 26.04.2022: Receive a review form and a report from another student. (Practical Tips and Tricks for Paper Writing is helpful for identifying the quality of the report.)
  • 24.05.2022: Submit the completed review on TUWEL.
  • 24.05.2022: Receive two reviews (one from your supervisor and one from another student). Use the information provided in the reviews to update your report accordingly.
  • 18.06.2022: Submit the slides for your presentation on TUWEL. The slides should be in Power-Point or Open-Office format. The slides will be copied on the presentation machine in the seminar-room. No own devices will be allowed to make sure the process flows without interruptions or technical problems.
  • 20.06.2022: Presentations will be held approx. between 09:00-17:00 (schedule will be concretized later). Attendance is mandatory and active participation grants you points. The presentations will be held at Seminarraum FAV 05 (Favoritenstrasse 9, Stiege I, 5th Floor, room HA0503).
  • 23.06.2022: Submit your final report on TUWEL.
  • 30.06.2022: Get your final grade. 

Grading Criteria:

  • The quality of the written report is worth 45% of the grade
  • The quality of the talk is worth 30% of the grade
  • The quality of the review is worth 15% of the grade
  • Active discussion participation is worth 5% of the grade
  • Attendance during the lectures is worth 5% of the grade

The deadlines are strict and no exceptions will be made. 


All the literature that is reviewed during the seminar has to be placed in the reference section of the report. For further information about referencing, see this guide and our guidelines. We are all expected to abide by professional scientific ethics and make sure that the work is not plagiarized in any sense.

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