Seminar System Security

The central topic of this seminar are security research papers which influenced the development of the research in the security area.

The seminar is expected to take place as a block seminar at the end of the lecture period.

If you want to visit the seminar meetings or get access to the lecture material, please sign in to our PANDA course on System Security Seminar (L.079.08004). The password is: TestOfTime21


Well-known security conferences introduced the "test of time awards". In the area of security research, you can find such papers published at top-4 conferences:

It is up to you to select one of these papers. Your task is then to summarize one of these papers and give broader insights of 3 papers, which build upon this work.

Dates & Deadlines

  • First week: distribution of topics.
  • May 21st: Preliminary seminar thesis version (at least 5 pages) describing the main paper problem.
  • June 25th: Submission deadline for the prefinal seminar thesis.
  • July 9th: Submission deadline for the reviews.
  • July 12th & 13th: Block Seminar, Presentation of your work (9:00 - 13:00)
  • July 25th: Submission deadline for the final version of the seminar thesis.

Depending on the situation in July, the presentations will possibly be held remotely.

The seminar will be organized over Panda.


We will have the following meetings over BBB, with different topics which will (hopefully) be helpful for you to pass the seminar:

  • 13.4. 9:15. Introduction
  • 20.4. 9:15  Research Skills
  • 27.4. 9:15. Writing Skills
  • 22.6. 9:15. Review Skills
  • 29.6. 9:15. Presentation Skills

Registration of Topics

Over Jupyter

Grading and Demands

The final grade cosists of your presentation (30%), your paper (60%), and your reviews (10%).


20 minutes presentation. 5 minutes discussion and questions.

The best presentation will be awarded! More information will be given in the first meeting.

Seminar thesis

Essay of length 12 to 20 pages written according to the standards of a scientific paper.


We will follow a peer review procedure similar to scientific publications:

  • You submit your thesis (paper) at Panda
  • Some (2) peers (other students) review your submission:
    • Read and understand the submitted paper
    • Criticize your paper
    • Make recommendations on how to improve
    • Be honest, polite, and helpful when writing your reviews
  • The reviews you write will influence your final grade
  • The reviews you receive will not influence (but your final version)
  • Each student has to write 2 reviews (each 1-2 pages)