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Research and Career Planning
for Doctoral Students

VU 195.098, VU 184.778
WS 2020

Georg Gottlob →

Please only contact either of the organization staff.
Davide Mario Longo →, Markus Nissl →
dlongo@dbai.tuwien.ac.at, mnissl@dbai.tuwien.ac.at

Update from December 7

We have sent you the tentative schedule for the presentations.


This course covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Methodological issues of CS Research
  • Models of research organization
  • The structure of the CS scientific community
  • Communicating with peer scientists
  • Codes of conduct and ethics
  • Web resources for computer scientists
  • Models of industrial co-operations
  • Patents and patent intellectual property
  • The scientific publishing process
  • How to plan research
  • How to write a scientific paper
  • Presentation of results in talks and at conferences
  • Quality criteria and evaluation models in Science
  • How to choose a conference and a journal
  • How you will be evaluated in the future
  • Models of funding - organization, structure, and management of scientific projects
  • Scientific visits and co-operations
  • Where to apply for a postdoctoral position
  • Career models for computer scientists
  • much more...

Registration to the course

You can find the course in TISS →, but you don't need to register there. This year, the course is an online course, so you have to write us a short registration email. We use this email address for further communication in the course. You can either press the button to get a template for the registration or write an email to either of the oganization staff that you want to register for the course.

Registration confirmation

You will receive a confirmation email that we received your email in the following days with additional information.
If you have not received any email within a week or before the first session, please contact us again.

Course Schedule

Online Course

Note that due to COVID-19, this year's course will be online! You are required to have a microphone, if possible a quiet environment during your presentations, and a stable internet connection during the sessions to participate in the course.


The course has 3 different assignments. Do not forget to check the due dates in the course schedule above!

Introduction competition

Write an introduction to a scientific paper and use the criteria presented during the lecture. There is no template for the introduction, choose whatever template you are familiar with. Just please do not write your name in the submitted file. Upload your file until the first deadline using EasyChair.
After uploading your introduction, you will be assigned 10 introductions written by your peers, which you will have to review until the second deadline.
The best reviews will be revealed during the last session, after the presentations. We will send you reminders and other information, as needed.

EasyChair: Link to the submission system

Submission Information

Please do NOT write your name in the body of the introduction.

First presentation

The first presentation is about your specific research area. You can take around 15-20 minutes (perhaps including a few minutes for discussion).
You should send the slides of your presentation as a PDF File to one of the organization staff until the second deadline.
Please make sure that your presentations cover the following points:

  • best 3 research groups worldwide in the area
  • how you plan to contact them and how you may co-operate with them
  • best 3 international conferences, journals, and workshops for the area
  • a publication venue in your area that is not well-known in the general field of Computer Science
  • a plan of how and what you want to publish in the venues described above in the next years
  • an international role model: a young successful researcher in your area (not at TU Wien).

Research Area

We will ask you in the confirmation email of the registration to fill out a form. We will use this form to assign you to groups in the same field.

Second presentation

The second presentation is about general topics concerning research and career planning. The possible topics are below.

  • University rankings: how they work
  • Rankings of CS journals and conferences
  • Roles and career models in academia
  • The scientific publishing process
  • The refereeing process
  • Web resources for computer scientists
  • Patents and intellectual property
  • How to structure and write a scientific paper
  • Models of research funding
  • Organization, structure, and management of scientific projects
  • Codes of conduct and ethics-as author, reviewer, etc.
  • Industrial research centers (in the USA and in Europe)
  • Interaction between academia and the industry/companies

You can take up to 20 minutes for each presentation, which includes time for discussion.
You should send the slides in a first draft to one of the organization staff before the first deadline.
After this deadline additional resources from the last term are available and should be integrated.
The final version of the slides should be sent by the second deadline.

Topic Selection

The presentation groups have a minimum and maximum size. Hence, the topics are distributed by first come, first served. We will ask you in the confirmation email of the registration to name us your top three most interessted topics, so that we can assign you to a topic you like taking the group sizes into consideration!

Further Questions

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to write an email and please start the subject with "RCP:". Please contact exclusively the following emails:

dlongo@dbai.tuwien.ac.at, mnissl@dbai.tuwien.ac.at

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