Advanced Seminar (EI7742)

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  • Master EI
  • 5 ECTS
  • English
  • winter and summer term
  • max. 6 participants
  • one-on-one supervision
  • includes tutorials on literature research, scientific writing and giving effective talks


The goal of the advanced seminar is to develop basic skills in literature research, scientific writing, and giving scientific talks, next to understanding the process of scientific publishing. During this module, your task is to write an academic paper on a topic of your interest, under the supervision and coaching that we offer. At the end of the module, all papers will be presented and discussed in a conference-like get-together.

The topic of this seminar changes every semester according to recent technical trends, but it is always in the broad area of embedded and/or real-time systems. The seminar gives you the opportunity to practice working in a scientific manner, to get individual feedback, and to improve skills that are beneficial for your Master's Thesis or an academic carreer.

Topics in Winter Term 2019/2020

The topics of this semesters seminar will be "Current Trends and Developments in Computer Architecture". The offered topics are:


  • CPU [assigned]: Modern CPUs are highly integrated with other parts of the computer architecture. CPUs still grow in complexity in many directions due to more parallel processing, higher thread performance and integration of other formerly independent functionality.
  • Memory [assigned]: Benchmark for the Memory is not only the storage capacity but also the bandwidth, latency and availability. While RAM is closely tied to the CPU and adjacent hardware, mass storage presents a completely different challenge.
  • Bus [assigned]: To allow high performance, all components of the computer architecture must be efficiently connected to each other. Due to the presence of parallel computing, many challenges in bus design have presented itself to connect the growing number of components.
  • Power Management [assigned]: In many applications the power dissipation of the computer is a concern. The reasons might be general energy savings, battery life of handheld devices or just overheating of the electronic circuitry.
  • Threats on Computer Architectures [assigned]: Recently many vulnerabilities like Spectre, Meltdown and Foreshadow were published, that exploit the underlying computer architecture. Reasons might be rising complexity and focus on performance while neglecting security. How can future designs cope with similar attacks?
  • Hardware Acceleration [assigned]: Besides accelerators for general mathematical and graphics applications, many other varieties are in use today. These include cryptography, physics simulation and artificial intelligence.

Important Dates

  • The (mandatory) kick-off meeting will take place on Friday the 25th of October 2019 at 13:15 in room 3999


The registration happens via email and personal discussion, not via TUMonline. If you are interested in one of the topics, please contact:

Nils Heitmann