Seminar on Topics in Integrated Systems

Module Number: EI77501

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Andreas Herkersdorf

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total: 150

Desciption of achievement and assessment methods

The examination consists of a written part in form of a paper and a poster (50%) and of a 20-minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes discussion (50%).

Recommended reqirements



Specific seminar topics in the area of electronic design automation will be offered. Examples are application-specific accelerators and function-specific processor architectures. The participants independently work on a scientific topic, write a paper of 2-4 pages and a poster, and present their topic in a talk. In the subsequent discussion the topic will be treated in-depth.

Study goals

At the end of the seminar, the students is able to present a state-of-the-art literature review in the area of integrated systems building blocks and architectures in an understandable and convincing manner.

The following competencies will be acquired:

* The student is able to independently analyze state-of-the-art concepts in the field of integrated systems.

* The student is able to present a topic in a structured way according to problem formulation, state of the art, goals, methods, and results.

* The student can present a topic according to the structure given above orally, on a poster, with a set of slides, and with a written report.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Learning method: Students elaborate a given scientific topic by themselves in coordination with the respective research assistant.
  • Teaching method: Introductory lessons will be given by the course coordinator, further details are discussed between research assistant and student on an individual basis. Presentation skills will be educated by a professional teacher.

Media formats

All current techniqeus for preparing and presenting papers and talks will be applied, e.g.

  • blackboard, whiteboard
  • electronic slides, beamer
  • electronic word processing
  • electronic slide processing


A set of topics and related literature is given at the start of the course. Each participant slects his/her topic.