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Rules for the Dissertation Colloquium at JKU Computer Science

(Version March 5, 2018)

  • A four-page report has to be submitted to the Präses two weeks 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 3 parts:
    • scientific (maximum 2 pages, 11pt font, standard margins):
      - motivation (for the general audience too)
      - approach, results, future work
    • progress (maximum 1 page, 11pt font, standard margins):
      - published / submitted / planned papers or other output (including talks, SW, systems, stay abroad, organized events, awards etc)
      - description of the candidat's contributions, impact
    • references (1 page, but actually without page limit)


  • The examination consists of a talk of 15 minutes presentation (10 slides) and 15 minutes questions and answers and should be structured in the same way as the report (10 minutes scientific + 5 minutes progress). The candidate has to make sure that the talk (without questions) fits into 15 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. The composition of the Committee is usually different for different candidates. The examiners will go first with their questions followed by the chair. Afterwards the audience is free to ask further questions 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 each closed meeting will last for at most half an hour.

  • Each examination chair will prepare a short (two paragraph feedback report) based on the report and the examination, which will be send to the student within a week. The idea is first to help improve the dissertation project and second to judge past and expected performance and in particular if the dissertation project is on track and it is conceivable that an acceptable thesis can be produced and submitted with one year.

Last modified on Monday, 05-Mar-2018 10:29:05 CET