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Rules for the Dissertation Colloquium at JKU Computer Science

(Version September 12, 2017)

  • A four-page report has to be submitted to the Präses roughly one week before the colloquium in order for the chair and examiners to prepare questions for the colloquium. They will get the report before the colloquium starts and should prepare one or two questions each.

  • The four-page report should contain two parts:
    • scientific (2 pages):
      - motivation (for the general audience too)
      - approach
      - results
      - future work
    • progress (2 pages):
      - published / submitted / planned papers or other output (including talks, SW, systems, stay abroad, organized events, awards etc)
      - judgement on visibility of this output
      - description of the part done by the candidate
    and actually references, of course, which are not counted towards the upper page limit of four pages.

  • The examination consists of a talk of 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions and answers and should be structured in the same way as the report (10 minutes scientific + 10 minutes progress). Make sure to fit the talk into 20 minutes!

  • There are two examiners and one chair for the examination of one doctoral student (without conflict of interest). They will read the report and based on the report and the talk will ask questions. This committee is usually different for different candidates. The examiners will go first with their questions followed by the chair if time permits. Afterwards the audience is free to ask further questions, again only if time permits.

  • After a session of (2-3) examination talks there will be a closed meeting of the faculty which will discuss the performance and perspective and will collect issues. The grade will be determined in this discussion of the faculty and this meeting will last for at most half an hour.

  • The examination chair for one candidate will use this discussion to prepare a short (two paragraph feedback report), which will be send to the student within a week. The idea is to judge past and expected performance, discuss issues and to give help for improving the dissertation project.

Last modified on Tuesday, 12-Sep-2017 16:53:57 CEST