You should have high expectations of our supervision, but so do we of your work and thesis. While you can expect meetings with us every couple of weeks, or even weekly, this is not a matter of course. In return for our time and expertise, we expect hard work, professional behavior & communication, and the will to achieve. If you just want to pass your thesis with minimal effort, we might still supervise you, but we will invest minimal effort, too (i.e. 2 or 3 meetings in total).

We hope that you conduct excellent research as part of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis, as most of our previous students did. Excelling in research means publishing research articles in good conferences or journals. Consequently, we hope that your thesis will lead to a publication.

More precisely, we hope that you would produce the following deliverables as part of your thesis.

Poster paper

Even though this is called a ‘poster’, it is not really a poster but a 2-3 page paper in ACM format, or 4-5 page paper in Springer format. The structure of a poster-paper is typical as follows.

  1. Introduction 
  2. Related Work
  3. Methodology 
  4. Results & Discussion
  5. Limitations & Future Work (Optional)
  6. References

You should consider the poster as the first iteration of your work in which you present initial results, e.g. how your novel algorithm performs on one or two datasets. If your poster is of a high standard, you may already submit it to a conference or workshop. We recommend that you complete sections 1-3 within one month after starting your thesis. Section 4+5 should then be completed roughly within another month or two.

Full- or Short paper

Once you completed the poster, you will conduct additional experiments, and extend all sections. The resulting document represents the 2nd iteration of your work and should have around 4-8 pages in ACM Format (+ references). It should be completed around 2-3 months before submitting your final thesis.

Bachelor / Master Thesis

Once you have written your full-paper, writing your final thesis will be easy. The final thesis will be basically an extended version of your paper, in which everything is described in a bit more detail, possibly with some additional experiments. 

Pre-Print

If your poster or full/short paper is not accepted by a workshop or conference, we would expect that you publish one of them as a pre-print e.g. on arXiv.org.