This course page describes the lecture of Wintersemester 2021/2022. See list of other semesters.


The goal of this seminar is to write and present a state of the art 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 a talk in front of their peers.

Tasks for the students:

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

  • A 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.
  • A 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 6 written pages (12 pages, if students are working in groups of two), the recommended length is 6-8 pages. The preferred language is 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.
  • An oral presentation in English followed by a short discussion.
  • Active discussion participation is expected after the presentation of other students.

Important Dates:

  • 28.10.2021: Initial meeting at 13:00 via Zoom. In this meeting, the topics and the introduction of the course will be presented.
  • 28.09.2021-28.10.2021: Confirm your enrolment on TUWEL, so that you can see the update there.
  • 29.10.2021-01.11.2021: Select a topic on TUWEL.
  • 01.11.2021-07.11.2021: Submit the list of literature on TUWEL.
  • Attend the following lectures:
    • 11.11.2011, 13:00 - 15:00 (s.t.): "How to write a scientific publication". This lecture was meant to be given by Professor Wimmer, but instead he is providing an excellent talk about this topic given for a summer school by Arjan Kuijper from TU Darmstadt. The recording is available at this link
    • 17.11.2021, 13:00 - 15:00 (s.t.): "How to do a presentation", by Professor Kaufmann, on Zoom
    • 24.11.2021, 13:00 - 15:00 (s.t.): "Science and how it works", by Professor Gröller, on Zoom
  • 09.12.2021: Submit the intermediate report.
  • 15.12.2021: Submit your presentation slides (as a backup). 
  • 16.12.2021, 9:00 - 17:00: The talks will take place via Zoom. The presence of the students is mandatory.
  • 17.01.2022: Submit your final report.

Grading Criteria

The seminar is split into two parts. The first (central) part accounts for 17% of the grade. The second part will account for 83% of the grade. The second part (83% of the grade) consists of:

  • The quality of the written report: 50%
  • The quality of the talk: 40%
  • Active discussion participation: 5%
  • Attendance during the lectures: 5%


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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Tips for writing papers and preparing presentations