This is an advanced course addressing beginning doctoral students as well as research-oriented Master students. Succesful participation is worth 6 CP ETCS.



Lectures take place weekly on Fridays at 08:30-10:00 in Hörsaal 3, E1 3.


The first meeting, which is a preparatory one, is being held on Friday, October 16. We are going to disclose all relevant details there. The slides from this meeting are here.


If you would like to participate in this course, please register for it via the CMS. An explanation how to do that is here (requires Adobe Flash Player).


The objective of the course is threefold. First, the course aims at honing the problem solving skills of young researchers in computer science. Second, the course aims at explaining the "research enterprise" in computer science to beginning doctoral students. Third, the course aims at applying the creative and scientific skills of the participating students to an embedded system engineering problem.


Students will work on projects in groups of 3-4 people. Each project will run for about 3 weeks. The second part of the course will run in parallel to the first part and discuss the following topics.

  • How to define a problem.

  • How to write a proof.

  • How to write a paper.

  • How to referee a paper.

  • How to have a career in academia.

  • How to give a presentation.

The third part integrates ideas developed in the first part, to arrive at a common engineering artefact.


Slides from a preparatory meeting



Pepijn Crouzen, MsC


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hermanns
Dr. Verena Wolf