Seminars on Advanced and Mobile Internet Technology

Block seminar on recent advances in Internet technology. The seminar will follow two threads, advances such as large scale networks, security and privacy, and protocol evaluation tools in the area of Advanced Internet Technology, and such as wireless and mobile networks in the Mobile Internet Technology area.

Organizational Information

  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle
  • Coordinating teaching assistant: René Glebke
  • 2 SWS
  • ETCS Credits: 4
  • Study programs: Bachelor Informatik, Master Informatik (Software und Kommunikation), Master Software Systems Engineering (Communication), Master Media Informatics
  • Registration: During central registration process in January 2017
  • Language: English

 Important Dates

  • Kick-off Meeting: not fixed yet - in February or March. Details are announced to the participants via e-mail.
  • Deadlines for submission of papers, reviews and presentations (all hard deadlines) are spread over the lecture period and announced during the kick-off meeting.
  • Your presentations take place in a block seminar-style at the end of the lecture period or at the beginning of the lecture-free time (no fixed date(s) yet).


Several members of the COMSYS team will propose two topics from their respective current research area. Thus, the topics will be current research topics from areas of

  • Cyber-Physical Systems: Delay-tolerant networks, industrial communication systems, localization, low-latency systems, mobile devices for health care, systems engineering and tool development (simulation, ...), wireless networks, ...
  • Network Architectures: Internet measurements, light-weight security, low-latency stacks, peer-to-peer systems, programmable networks (Cloud, NFV, SDN, ...), protocol offloading, quality of experience, ...
  • Security and Privacy: Network security (and task delegation) for resource-constrained (IoT) devices, security and privacy in Cloud-based systems (including raising awareness of Cloud usage), privacy enhancing techniques (quantitative modeling, two- and multi-party computation, participatory sensing, ...), privacy -preserving protocols (Bitcoin, ...), ...
  • Systems Analysis: Dynamic symbolic and concolic execution of programs, hunting bugs in programs and protocols, testability and verification of (software and) distributed systems, ...

Seminar Details

The seminar provides a broad overview on existing distributed system and current research topics in advanced areas of Internet technology. It is our paramount interest to see that you gain a thorough understanding of your seminar topic and that you are able to convey this understanding to the other participants. For you to benefit from the presented knowledge, we encourage active participation and interaction between students. You will both synchronize with each other while preparing your talk as some topics overlap and discuss the contents after the talks themselves.

Your contribution to the seminar is twofold: you present your topic concisely in a 20-minute talk to the other seminar students and you supply a paper providing more detail than the talk on the topic. Furthermore, you are expected to engage in discussions about each talk. Plagiarism of any form is unacceptable and will lead to your immediate suspension from the seminar. The recommendations at -> Teaching -> Seminars are a good starting point for designing and writing your slides and your paper. Please adhere to them to avoid disappointment when discussing your work with your supervisor.

In production of the seminar paper, we follow a "conference organization style". That means: after the assignment of topics during the kick-off meeting, you first do a literature survey and then you prepare a paper about the topic. You are submitting your paper in the same way as you would submit it for a conference: it will be reviewed and you will get back comments for improvement of your paper. The reviewing process will also be done by the seminar participants, i.e. you have to write a review about two or three other seminar papers (and you also get feedback from two or three other students). Basing on the comments, you have to prepare the final version of your seminar paper and finally the presentation of your topic.


The goal of the talk is to give the audience a good understanding of the whole topic and to dive into a few interesting details of the subject matter. The ratio of one to the other depends on the topic and needs to be determined with your supervisor. Each talk is scheduled to be 20 minutes, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of discussion.


While the talk focuses on the overview and details of interest, the paper allows you to discuss your topic in its full breadth and depth. It covers all aspects of the talk and provides additional insights to related work and specifics. For example, source code snippets or interface descriptions would not go into your talk but may well show up in your paper where applicable.

The papers are based on the official IEEE conference style and are expected to be between eight and ten pages in length (hard limits). You will be provided with the required LaTeX template via L2P (non-TeXed papers (e.g., Word, ...) will not be accepted).


To participate in the seminar, you should have some previous knowledge on Internet technology. That is, you should have attended a lecture on data communications and/or one of the lectures "Advanced Internet Technology" / "Mobile Internet Technology" / "Communication Systems Engineering". In case you have not attended one of these lectures but nevertheless some knowledge about Internet technology from other sources, participation is also possible.

Please note that this is not the Bachelor Proseminar "Netzwerke und Internet" and that prior successful participation in a Proseminar may be mandatory depending on your "Prüfungsordnung" (ask your study supervisor or the examination board if in doubt).

Selection Process

Each semester there is a huge demand for places in our seminars. In order to increase your chances of being selected for our seminars, you should clearly state in your application how you would benefit from participating in the seminar and how the seminar (i.e., the other students) would benefit from your participation. Please also note that students who previously dropped out of our seminars after the de-registration deadline (and thus prevented another student from participating) will be treated with lowest priority during the selection process.

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