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Studierende in den Seminarräumen des O-Gebäudes, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft Bildinformationen anzeigen

Studierende in den Seminarräumen des O-Gebäudes, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft

The central topic of this seminar are security papers presented at top conferences.

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


  1. TBD

You can also suggest your own topic by writing a mail to Juraj (juraj.somorovsky(at)upb(dot)de). DO NOT put a suggested topic on your list without prior approval.

Dates & Deadlines

  • First week: distribution of topics.
  • TBD: Submission deadline for preliminary seminar thesis version (at least 5 pages of text; excluding title page, table of contents, references, figures, ...) describing the main paper problem AND briefly describe 2 related papers citing your paper.
  • TBD: Submission deadline for the prefinal seminar thesis.
  • TBD: Submission deadline for the reviews.
  • TBD: Submission deadline for your presentation slides (you can still change your slides a bit before the talk).
  • TBD: Block Seminar, Presentation of your work.
  • TBD.: Submission deadline for the final version of the seminar thesis.

The seminar will be organized over Panda. Deadlines are till the end of the day (23:59 local time/as according to Panda).


We will have five meetings in TBD, with different topics which will (hopefully) be helpful for you to pass the seminar:

  • TBD Introduction
  • TBD Research Skills
  • TBD Writing Skills
  • TBD Review Skills
  • TBD Presentation Skills

Registration of Topics

Over Jupyter. We might ask for further preferences if too many Students requested the same topics.

Grading and Demands

The final grade cosists of your presentation (30%), your paper (60%), and your reviews (10%). Additionally, you must meet all deadlines.


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 written according to the standards of a scientific paper. It MUST be written using our LaTeX template. We expect around 15 pages of content, the hard lower limit is 9 pages of pure text (excluding figures, tables, etc).


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 your final grade (but you should address/apply them in your final version)
  • Each student has to write 2 reviews (each 1-2 pages)

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