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Department of Informatics s.e.a.l

Seminar: Advanced Software Engineering, Spring 2020



The software requires constant evolution due to changing customer needs, bugs that have to be fixed, or changes in the environment. Lehman’s first law of software evolution states that a software system must be continuously adapted, or it becomes less and less useful. The constant change poses many challenges, and both researchers and practitioners have recognized the importance of studying and support software evolution and the humans involved in the process. In this seminar, we will cover some of the most relevant studies, approaches, and techniques that researchers have looked at in this context.

In this seminar, the students will work on a specific research topic in software engineering. By the end of the course, they will be asked to present a literature review on the chosen topic in the form of a report. Furthermore, the students will take part in a simulated peer-reviewing process for the first version of the produced reports. Finally, they will share as a presentation the results of their work and discuss them with the class.

First, we will explore how the research world in software engineering works. In particular, we will analyze the structure of a scientific paper and how to look at them critically. Also, we will examine the process that transforms a research work into a publication for a conference or a scientific journal. Then, we will study how to write a review of the literature systematically. Lastly, we will learn how to use LaTeX as a writing tool. By the end of the first lecture, the students will own the required knowledge to work independently on their reports.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • find and identify relevant related work
  • reflect on a topic and discuss it
  • critically analyze and reflect on research articles
  • review and summarize the current state of the art of the selected topic
  • reflect on possible future directions,
  • provide constructive feedback on a research report


Lecturers Prof. Dr. Harald C. Gall,  Dr. Pasquale Salza
Time & Location Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:45, Rooms BIN-1.D.29 and BIN-1.D.25
Language English
AP (ECTS) 3 points
Target Audience BSc Informatics and MSc Informatics students
Prerequisites Software Engineering
Registration Registration at the kick-off meeting & Modulbuchung
Contact Please email Dr. Pasquale Salza for any administrative matters
Edmodo Please, use the temporary code: wzz2t9


As a project for the seminar, you are asked to write a report about the literature review you will conduct during the seminar period.

You are asked to select a main topic, and then to come up with a subtopic on which focus. You will receive all the indications to review the literature and produce a report, including how to write a document in LaTeX, during the lectures.

Project instructions

  • Version 1.4 (April 27th, 2020): Added a table with the description of the final decision values from reviewers.
  • Version 1.3 (April 21st, 2020): Added some details about the submission and reviewing process.
  • Version 1.2 (April 16th, 2020): Added the instructions for report submission and changed some deadlines.
  • Version 1.1 (March 15th, 2020): Changed the deadline for the focus selection.
  • Version 1.0 (February 18th, 2020): First version.

Schedule and deadlines (tentative)

Date and time Topic/deliverable Lecturer Material
20.02.2020, 14:00 - 15:45, BIN-1.D.29 Course introduction Dr. Pasquale Salza Slides
26.02.2020, 23:59 📌 Registration    
27.02.2020, 14:00 - 15:45, BIN-1.D.29 Understanding the Research World Dr. Pasquale Salza Slides
05.03.2020, 14:00 - 15:45, BIN-1.D.29 Produce a Literature Review Dr. Pasquale Salza


SLR Guidelines

SMS Guidelines

11.03.2020, 23:59 ✉️ Focus selection    
12.03.2020, 14:00 - 15:45, BIN-1.D.25 LaTeX 101 Dr. Pasquale Salza


18.03.2020, 23:59 ✉️ Focus selection    
19.03.2020 ❌ No lecture    
15.04.2020, 23:59 📄 Report submission    
16.04.2020, 14:00 👉 Start paper bidding period    
18.04.2020, 23:59 📄 Report submission    
19.04.2020, 14:00 👉 Start paper bidding period    
19.04.2020, 23.59 👉 End paper bidding period    
20.04.2020, 14:00 ☑️ Start reviewing period    
20.04.2020, 23.59 👉 End paper bidding period    
21.04.2020, 14:00 ☑️ Start reviewing period    
26.04.2020, 23:59 ☑️ End reviewing period    
27.04.2020, 14:00 🗣️ Start discussion period    
03.05.2020, 23.59 🗣️ End discussion period    
04.05.2020, 23.59 🗣️ End discussion period    
04.05.2020, 14:00 ✉️ Notification to the authors    
05.05.2020, 14:00 ✉️ Notification to the authors    
11.05.2020, 23:59 📄 Final report submission    
12.05.2020, 23:59 📄 Final report submission    
14.05.2020, 14:00 - 15:45 🎤 Project presentations    

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