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)
- 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
- scientific (2 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.