Seminar on Topics in Signal Processing

Module Number: EI5084

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Eckehard Steinbach

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total 150

Description of achievement and assessment methods

Module examination with the following elements:

  • written scientific paper as homework
  • regular discussions with assigned supervisor about the progress of the work
  • student presentation of 25 minutes about the assigned scientific topic followed by Q&A

Grading Policy

  • Seminar manuscript: 40%
  • Seminar presentation: 60%

Exam type: written and oral

Exam duration: 30 minutes

Possibility of re-taking: In the next semester: Yes; at the end of the semester: No

Homework: No

Lecture: Yes

Conversation: Yes

Written paper: Yes

Recommended requirements

No special requirements


Varying topics on Signal Processing

The seminar on Topics in Signal Processing is an elective course in the third semester of the Master of Science in Communications Engineering (MSCE) program. It is a joint seminar of the

  • Institute for Circuit Theory and Signal Processing: Prof. J. A. Nossek
  • Media Technology Group - Institute of Communication Networks: Prof. E. Steinbach

During the presentation of and the participation in the seminar, you will acquire hands-on expericene of scientific research and improve your skills of presenting complex scientific information. During the course you will be guided by experienced members of our scientific staff.

Study goals

Students learn how to read and comprehend scientific literature. In addition, students learn how to structure the available information and how to extract the important parts. Furthermore, participants learn how to structure and prepare the scientific content for an oral presentation which targets both a general audience and experts. Students learn how to write a scientific paper. After completing the course students will be able to investigate a scientific topic from the corresponding scientific literature (in particular conference/workshop or journal publications).

Teaching and learning methods

Each student has to prepare an oral presentation of the topic he or she has registered for.

Attending the seminar is mandatory. We expect active participation of all students in the discussion which follows every presentation.

The first step after the kick-off meeting is to contact the respective adviser listed next to the who will provide you with more information regarding the topic including relevant literature.

The students have to collect the required literature, understand its contents and prepare a manuscript which summerizes the topic. The advisers will give feedback about an initial draft paper prepared by the participants.

It is a good idea to discuss unclear issues with the adviser to make sure that you have understood everything correctly.

The final version of your presentation has to be submitted in electronic form at least one day ahead of your scheduled presentation. The adviser will provide feedback about a draft presentation prepared by the participants.

Media formats

The following kinds of media are used:

  • Presentations
  • Latex templates for a scientific paper


The following literature is recommended:

  • the specific literature depends on the selected topic and will be made available during the kick-off meeting