186.182 Seminar on Algorithms
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • read and understand current original research papers in the area of algorithmics and perform literature research for related work
  • extract the key aspects and results of a research topic and organizing them for a presentation
  • create presentation slides and present their research topic to their peers
  • summarize the key content and results of a research topic in their own words in a scientific seminar paper
  • participate actively in joint research discussions of open algorithmic problems and to document the observations and progress of the discussion

Subject of course

Selection of possible topics:

  • Fixed-Parameter Tractability and SAT
  • Algorithms for Boolean Synthesis
  • Proof Complexity of Quantified Boolean Formulas
  • Approaching Combinatorial Optimization Problems with Reinforcement Learning
  • Applying Monte Carlo Tree Search To Combinatorial Games
  • Solving Dynamic and Stochastic Vehicle Routing Problems
  • ...

Teaching methods

Students read original papers, perform literature research for related work and discuss their results with their advisor. They create presentation slides and receive feedback. They write their seminar paper using LaTeX and learn how to use bibliography management tools. Research discussions take place in groups of several students and their advisors.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information


   3h Choosing the topic
12h Presentations
10h Preparing for presentation
50h Researching the chosen topic

Please send mails concerning general and organisational issues to seminar@ac.tuwien.ac.at.

The maximum number of participants is limited to 8. There is however a waiting list. The choice of a topic in TUWEL by 27.10.2020 is mandatory.  Students who fail to do so will be deregistered, allowing someone from the waiting list to take their place.

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Wed13:00 - 16:0025.11.2020 - 09.12.2020 Zoom (LIVE)Talks
Seminar on Algorithms - Single appointments
Wed25.11.202013:00 - 16:00 ZoomTalks
Wed02.12.202013:00 - 16:00 ZoomTalks
Wed09.12.202013:00 - 16:00 ZoomTalks

Examination modalities

  • seminar presentation (40%)
  • seminar paper (45%)
  • minutes of a research session (15%)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2020 12:00 22.10.2020 13:00 27.10.2020 22:55



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