The starting point for writing your thesis in our group is to find a topic. We provide a list of topics. We always offer theses in our projects, but you can also propose your topic if it belongs to Human-Computer Interaction, Data Visualization, or Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Please get in touch with us for further information.
Process of writing a thesis at the HCC Research Group
Please check our list of topics or propose one. Then, arrange an appointment with a potential advisor.
After you and your advisor agree on the topic, you need to write a thesis proposal. The proposal is your personal project plan containing the research field, theoretical background, intended working program, and schedule. We provide a LaTeX template for writing the proposal on Overleaf.
Please note: Using LaTeX is mandatory. If you don't have experience yet, please take this opportunity to learn it. We will help you with all your questions.
Check the forms provided by the examination office. Please fill out the form electronically and send it to your advisor.
Please note: Although the registration form states "supervisor," the first examiner - Prof. Müller-Birn - always has to sign the document.
For submitting your thesis, you need to have two examiners. The first one is Prof. Müller-Birn, and the second examiner is another institute professor. You are free to choose, and you can ask your advisor for advice. Please send a request to the second examiner before submitting the thesis, and ask for support. Add your thesis proposal to this request. Thus, the examiner can make an informed decision. Do not forget to add all information (advisor, first and second examiner) to the title page of your thesis.
After about two to four weeks, please contact your examiners again to organize the defense appointment. Please note that you must initialize this process. Please propose at least three dates to your examiners, that fit your schedule.
When the date is agreed upon, find a room for your presentation (please email the secretary about booking room 120).
About a week before your defense, send an invitation to the institute email lists (i-profs[at]inf.fu-berlin.de; i-wimis[at]inf.fu-berlin.de; i-studi[at]inf.fu-berlin.de.). The email should contain the topic, the abstract, the reviewers, and where/when the defense takes place.
This step is the last in a long process. Make sure everything runs smoothly and check all technical equipment (e.g., projector) before your talk.
Slides should accompany your defense. They should include the motivation/context, the addressed problem, the procedure, employed methods, the most important results, and your insights. Do not forget the demo.
If you achieved at least a good grade (grade 2.0 and above) in your thesis, we would be happy if you publish your thesis in the institutional repository, Refubium, at the Freie Universität Berlin. We would then link to it from the HCC Research Group website. There is a step-by-step-guide for students on how to publish their thesis on Refubium (only in German).
You will need a recommendation for publication from your first and second examiners to be able to publish the thesis.