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Starting a Bachelor / Master at EMBOTS

You can write an informal request to Michael Kipp if you are interested in doing a Bachelor/Master within our group. A background in AI and/or computer graphics is helpful as well as solid programming skills (Java or C++). When writing your request please include a list of computer science lectures/seminars that you have finished, including marks.We will try to find a suitable topic for you, depending on your prior studies, skills and interests. Please understand that we can only accept a limited number of students at a time.

Note that further below on this page, current students can find useful information about how to pursue your project.

Finished Bachelor/Master Projects

The best way to get an idea about the kind of topics we investigate in our group is to have a look at the completed projects here. They are ordered chronologically, most recent first:

Liegl, Conny (2010) "Evaluation multimodaler virtueller Agenten im Bereich E-Learning mit dem Beispiel eines interaktiven Sprachlernsystems", Magisterarbeit, Fachrichtung Informationswissenschaft, Fakultät Empirische Humanwissenschaften, Universität des Saarlandes.
Download Magisterarbeit (12 MB)

Kerber, Frederic (2010) "Linguistisch strukturierte Kommentar-Templates: Autorensystem und Generierung", Bachelorarbeit, Universität des Saarlandes, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Bachelorarbeit   Download Abschlussvortrag

Dackweiler, Thomas (2010) "Lernen der emotionalen Intensität im OCC-Modell auf Grund empirischer Daten", Bachelorarbeit, Universität des Saarlandes, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Bachelorarbeit   Download Abschlussvortrag

Raber, Frederic (2010) "Ein Datenflusseditor zum Rapid- Prototyping von Multitouch-Anwendungen", Bachelorarbeit, Universität des Saarlandes, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Bachelorarbeit   Download Abschlussvortrag

Pohl, Pascal (2010) "Qualitative Parameters for Modifying Animated Character Gesture Motion", Bachelor Thesis, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Bachelor Thesis

Gregor, Ivan (2010) "Embodied Presentation Teams: A plan-based approach for affective sports commentary in real-time", Master's Thesis, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Master Thesis   Download Presentation Slides

Nguyen, Quan (2009) "Werkzeuge zur IK-basierten Gestenannotation mit Hilfe eines 3D-Skeletts", Masterarbeit, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Masterarbeit

Strauss, Martin (2008) "Realtime generation of multimodal affective sports commentary for embodied agents", Master's Thesis, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.
Download Master Thesis

Guan, Haichao (2008) "Gesichtserkennung/-tracking und Handtracking über ein Java Interface", Bachelorarbeit, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.

Huppert, Christian (2008) "Annotation und 3D-Visualisierung von Theateraufführungen zur systematischen, empirischen Analyse", Bachelorarbeit, Saarland University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, Department of Computer Science.

Open Topics

  • Animation: Retargeting skeletons - Mapping/adapting different skeletal topologies so that different motion capture libraries can be used.
  • Learning in human-agent interaction - Adding reinforcement learning to our agent control framework. An example scenario: the user gives feedback on agent's behavior by pressing buttons and the agent adapts its control program, a finite state machine or a rule base, accordingly.
  • Visual Programming of Rule-based systems - Some modules of our framework use a Rule-Based language for controlling agent's behavior. The goal is to design and implement an intuitive visual interface that could be used by non-expert users for coding simple rules.

Information for Current Bachelor/Master Students

Bachelor/Master Seminar

Every bachelor and master student must attend the bachelor/master seminar at Prof. Wahlster's Chair. You find more information here: Bachelor- and Master-Seminar

Weekly Progress Report

Every student in our lab has to submit a weekly progress report by e-mail, usually on every Friday. This progress report very briefly summarize two things: (1) what has been done in this week and (2) what are the goals for next week.

This report helps you to keep track of your own work and helps us to remain up-to-date with your. Please make sure not to forget it (calendar!).

DFKI Infrastructure

At DFKI, every student has two accounts: one for working on DFKI computers and one for the DFKI intranet.

You can use your regular university card to get 24-hours access to DFKI if you register. Ask your supervisor how to do this.

Writing a Proposal (Bachelor / Master / PhD)

After having agreed on a topic and made it more specific, the Bachelor/Master/PhD student writes a proposal as soon as possible. The proposal serves the following purposes:

  • Communication: Makes sure that both student and supervisor understand the topic, goals and timeline in the same way.
  • Guide: It is an agenda that guides you student through your studies.
  • Writing: Helps to structure the final thesis write-up.

The length of the proposal should be no more than 2 pages (Bachelor), 3 pages (Master), 5 pages (PhD). To improve your writing make sure to find some tips on structured writing, e.g. take a look at these tips by SF edit

Formally, the proposal should have the following components:

  • Head:
    • title
    • your details: name, matriculation no., address, e-mail
    • university name and faculty
    • date
  • Abstract
    • 10-12 lines
    • the abstract is the shortest possible summary
    • make sure not to waste space with too much introductory or background remarks (limit this to 2-3 lines)
    • include goals and/or research questions
    • be concrete: explicitly mention central methods/techniques you plan to use
    • here's a useful guide for writing an abstract
  • Body (see below)
  • References
    • relevant literature
    • restrict to the most important/relevant items (ca. 3-6)
    • make sure your quotation style is consistent (look at other papers for inspiration or better: use BibTex)
  • Schedule
    • don't forget this point!
    • Table listing the „workpackes“ (e.g. literature research, conceptualization, implementation, testing, user studies, write-up) and assigns them to time blocks (can be very rough, e.g. just the months)

The main body of your proposal could be structured like this:

  • Motivation
    • give some background information on the topic (very brief), pointing to existing work in the area (some key references)
    • from existing work, formulate interesting research questions
    • formulate your goals/objectives
  • Methods
    • show how you intend to reach your objectives
    • what are the problems/challenges and how will you solve them
    • which methods, techniques, tools will you use and why
  • Conclusion
    • very short summary with emphasis on objectives and most promising solutions