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
  • Teaching Assistants: Dirk Thissen
  • 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 June/July 2015

Important Dates

  • Kick-off Meeting: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (16:00), at COMSYS chair; participation is mandatory; details are announced to the participants via e-mail.
  • Deadlines for submission of papers, reviews and presentations: spread over lecture-period; announced during the kick-off meeting
  • Seminar Talks: block seminar, end of the lecture-period or beginning of the lecture-free time


Several member of the COMSYS team will propose one or two topics from his/her current research area. Thus, the topics will be current reserach topics from areas of

  • Network architectures: Wireless systems, Peer-to-Peer systems, Delay-Tolerant Networks
  • Cross-Layer protocols
  • Simulation and Evaluation of protocols and large distributed systems
  • Wireless networks: Algorithms for sensor networks / ad-hoc networks
  • Mobility and security in Internet protocols and applications
  • Privacy in networks and applications

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 30-minute talk to the other seminarists 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 -> Seminar 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 "conferece organization style". That means: after the assignment of topics at the kick-off meeting, you have some time to do a literature survey and to prepare a paper about the topic. You are submitting your paper like 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 afterwards a presentation, too.


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. 5 to 10 minutes of discussion follow each talk.


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 ACM conference style and are expected to be between eight and ten pages in length (hard limits). ACM provides official templates for a number of formats but we encourage you to use LaTeX for writing your paper.


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

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 deregistration deadline (and thus prevented another student from participating) will be treated with lowest priority.