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Scientific Practices


Students in the Master Program of Information Engineering, doctoral students, in particular those in the PhD Program Explorative Analysis and Visualization of Large Information Spaces, interested students from other departments.


There are no prerequisites.


In this seminar, we discuss several important challenges faced by computer science graduate students in communicating their findings to the scientific community. The topics include how to write a paper, how to revise and publish a paper, how to write a proposal, how to review a paper, how to write a thesis, how to give an oral presentation, how to prepare a poster, how to use English in scientific writing, and how to deal with ethical and legal issues.


The talks will be based on the following references:


  1. M. J. Katz, From Research to Manuscript: A Guide to Scientific Writing, Springer Netherlands, 2009.
  2. Young, The Technical Writer's Handbook, 1989
  3. Course Material: How to write a successful proposal
  4. M. Davis, Scientific Papers and Presentations, Academic Press, 2004.
  5. A. M. Wilkinson, The Scientist's Handbook for Writing Papers and Dissertations, Prentice Hall PTR, 1991
  6. R. A. Day, How to write and publish a scientific paper, 5th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  7. N. J. Higham, Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences, Siam, 1998.
  8. M.M. Pierson and B.L. Pierson, Beginnings and endings: keys to better engineering technical writing, IEEE Trans. Professional Communication, vol. 40, pp. 299-304, Dec. 1997.
  9. H.P. Crowder, R.S. Dembo, and J.M. Mulvey, On reporting computational experiments with mathematical software, ACM Trans. Mathematical Software, vol. 5, pp. 193-203, June 1979.
  10. D.S. Johnson, A theoretician's guide to the experimental analysis of algorithms, Proc. of the 5th and 6th DIMACS Implementation Challenges, American Mathematical Society, Providence, 2001.
  11. B.M.E. Moret and H.D. Shapiro, Algorithms and experiments: The new (and old) methodology, Journal of Universal Computer Science, vol. 7, no. 5, 2001.
  12. R.S. Barr, B.L. Golden, J.P. Kelly, M.G.C. Resende, and W.R. Stewart, Designing and reporting on computational experiments with heuristic methods, Journal of Heuristics, vol. 1, pp. 9-32, 1995.
  13. I. Parberry, How to present a paper in theoretical computer science: a speaker's guide for students, SIGACT News, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 42-47, 1988.
  14. C.C. McGeoch and B.M.E. Moret, How to present a paper on experimental work with algorithms, SIGACT News, vol. 113, pp. 85-90, Dec 1999.
  15. I. Parberry, A guide for new referees in theoretical computer science, SIGACT News, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 92-109, 1989.
  16. C.T. Bishop, How to Edit a Scientific Journal, iSi Press, 1984.
  17. Dale J. Benos, Kevin L. Kirk and John E. Hall, How to review a paper, and referencers therein.
  18. Wilhelmiina Hämäläinen, Scientific Writing for Computer Science Students
  19. Mary K. McCaskill, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, Grammer, Punctuation and Capitalization - A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
  20. Matthias Mühlich, RWTH Aachen, Einführung in die Typograpfie
  21. The British National Corpus
  22. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
  23. Zotero
  24. Andrew J. Friedland, Carol L. Folt, Writing successfull Science Proposals, Second Edition, Yale University Press, 2009.
  25. Gary Thomas, How to do your case study, Sage Publications, 2011.



The preliminary meeting during which the program will be set up will be on Thu, April, 19th, 2012, 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

Seminar SS 2012


Thursday, April 19, 13:30 - 15:00, room Z 613
Seminar organization: topics and times

Monday, May 14, 2012, 15:00 - 18:00, room Z 613
Miniworkshop on the Beamer Slide Package
Bring your Laptops with the package already installed, please
Instructions about that should follow from Daniel Kaiser

Monday, July 16, 2012, 9:00 - 12:00, room Z 613
Seminar presentations, Part 1

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 13:00 - 15:00, room Z 613
Seminar presentations, Part 2

Presentation plan:

Monday, May 14, 2012, 15:00 - 18:00, room Z 613
Daniel Kaiser: Introduction to the LaTeX  Beamer slide authoring package

Monday, July 16, 2012, 9:00 - 12:00, room Z 613
Mitra Tabaei: How to write a paper (1,5,6)
Florian Leitner-Fischer: How to review a paper (15, 17)
Andrey Galochkin: How to give an oral presentation

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 13:00 - 15:00, room Z 613
Adrian Beer and Arlind Nocaj: How to use English in scientific writing (2, 5, 6, 7)
Violeta Ivanova: How to organize a bibliography / literature data base
Sebastian Mittelstädt: How to write a proposal