Student Conference

Student Conference

Course Organization


Gunter Saake, David Broneske, Gabriel Campero Durand, Bala Gurumurthy, Robert Heyer, Victor Obionwu

Credits: 6 Credit Points
Module: Course for the Module "Schlüssel-und Methodenkompetenzen" of Master programs; DKE (Applications); DE (Fachliche Spezialisierung);
Language: The full course will be held in English. Papers and presentations have to be in English as well.


Schedule and Deadlines updated on 03.03.2020

Remember to start working on the papers early - deadlines are strict! First submitted draft of paper must be complete (including all chapters), so you can receive useful feedback.

In this master level course, we expect everyone to be familiar with basic rules of scientific referencing/citations and will not accept plagiarism of any kind in your work. Especially, copying sentences from third party work fully or in parts, or "rephrasing" sentences in order to hide plagiarism, will be treated as plagiarism.


Registration & Prerequisites

 In order to provide enough topics, we require students to register via mail to David Broneske.

The prerequisite is that participants have knowledge in an advanced database implementation course or software productline course. Hence, you should have completed one of the following courses:

  • DBSE Scientific Team Project
  • Database Implementation Techniques
  • Advanced Topic in Databases
  • Implementation Techniques for Software Product Lines


Target Audience

The course is intended for graduate students who intend to pursue an academic career, primarily at Master students and PhD students (in the first year of their PhD). We especially recommend this course for Master students that consider to continue in a PhD position or want to practice academic writing in English for their thesis.

All participants should be interested in academic research and in practicing academic writing.

Although PhD students will not receive a grade or schein, we encourage them to participate in this course to practice academic writing and to prepare a paper for their own research project  (to be sent to another conference or workshop or to be published as a technical report).

Course Goals

The participating students will simulate a scientific conference to acquire skills required for ...

  • ... writing academic papers
  • ... presenting scientific results
  • ... participating in a conference
  • ... reviewing academic papers of others
  • ... organizing a conference
  • ... using web-based paper submission and review systems


Course Structure

In summary, you will have to write a paper (with two chances to improve it after the initial version), write reviews (two review rounds with 3 reviews each), and present your work (a short initial presentation, a practice presentation, and a final presentation).

The course consists of a lecture that introduces topics such as academic writing, research ethics, organizing a conference, and presentation. The main focus will be on writing an own academic paper, reviewing papers by others, and presenting your results in front of the group.

  • Every participant writes an academic paper, typically giving an overview of the current state and future challenges of a selected research area from software engineering or database systems. We are open for a wide range of topics, that can align with other research projects (e.g., part of PhD research or preparation for a Diploma or Master's thesis). 
  • Every participant presents his topic (and relevant literature) in a short presentation, for first feedback.
  • After about six weeks, every participant submits a first version of his/her paper, which is subsequently reviewed by at least 3 other participants.
  • Another two or three days later, an improved version of the paper based on the reviewers comments is submitted and subsequently reviewed again.
  • The paper can be improved again. A final version is submitted at the end of the semester.
  • All papers are presented in a conference. This conference will take place on a whole day near the end of the semester (July or August, date will be fixed in the first lectures). Before the conference, every participant will practice their presentation and get feedback from the others for possible improvements.

Although there are relatively few lectures, we expect that participants focus on reading, writing, reviewing and presentation and we recommend that you reserved at least one day per week (6 CP = 180h = about 12 hours per week). 

The course will be graded based on the pre-versions of the paper, the final version, the reviews and the presentation.

Preliminary Schedule

This schedule is a first sketch to provide an overview on the lectures and deliverables! The actual dates will be coordinated and fixed with the partcipants of the course during the first two lectures, usually resulting in a less strict schedule that allows for more time to write the papers (e.g., final presentations can also be held after the official examination phase). The only fixed date is the submission deadline for SPLC challenge solutions (may be extended) for the corresponding topics.

Lectures and Presentations

The slides are older versions and the actual content of the lectures can change!

  1. 2020-04-08 Lecture: Introduction and topic selection
  2. 2020-04-15 Lecture: Academic writing I (structure, getting started)
  3. 2020-04-22 Lecture: Academic writing II (style basics, references)
  4. 2020-04-29 Short Presentations of topic and relevant literature (5 min, strict)
  5. 2020-05-13  Lecture: Publication process (conferences, journals, how to select a venue, how to write a review, ...)
  6. 2020-05-20 Lecture: Academic writing III (clarity, cohesion, patterns, typical problems) (safeguarding good scientific practice, scientific misconduct, plagiarism, ...)
  7. 2020-05-27 Lecture: Research ethics
  8. 2020-06-03  Lecture: Scientific presentations + practice presentations
  9. 2020-TBA Final presentations


Deadlines and Deliverables

All deadlines are strict, we cannot accept any submission or review with delay.

  • 2020-04-17: Send your title/topic (to David Broneske, use the link, and your advisor)
  • 2020-04-29 Short Presentations of topic and relevant literature (5 min, strict)
  • 2020-05-01: Submission of abstract due, via easyChair (if you have no account please register first on the linked page)
  • 2020-05-22: Submission of first draft due, online submission via easyChair
  • 2020-06-05: First review due
  • 2020-06-26: Submission second draft due, online submission via easyChair
  • 2020-07-08: Second review due
  • 2020-07-27: Submission of final version due, online submission via easyChair



Format Instructions: ACM Master Template (use sigconf option for LaTeX)

The paper must be between 4 and 8 pages long.

PhD students that plan to submit their paper to a real workshop or conference may also use other templates. In this case, the paper should still have a similar length when it would be formatted as the ACM template.


Topics of interest

You can write about your own research topic or results from a bachelor/master thesis. However, if you do not bring your own topic, you can choose one of the topics in these slides on software engineering or databases (mainly for Master students).

Letzte Änderung: 06.03.2020 - Ansprechpartner:

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