Scientific Presentation and Communication (SE)

Course Details


Miriam Kathleen Carter
Robert Sablatnig




Seminar (SE)




183.502 SE2: Scientific Presentation and Communication, Elective Course for all bachelor and master Studies of Computer Science. This course can also be credited as  Seminar on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.

This seminar is given in English by Miriam Kathleen Carter (native American) and Robert Sablatnig in summer terms.

Motivation for the Course

Effective communication, both written and oral, plays a pivotal role in graduate positions across commercial and scientific domains. Well-honed communication skills are integral to successfully presenting one’s work. Particularly in the realm of international scientific conferences, refining the presentation style could significantly increase the acceptance rate of papers and presentations.

Aims and Objectives

This course is designed to enhance students’ proficiency in formulating and structuring ideas, as well as in creating impactful documents and presentations. The emphasis is specifically on scientific communication, encompassing the presentation of scientific findings and hypotheses in primary scientific literature, various types of reviews, popular literature, and conference talks.

This course aims to enhance students’ communication proficiency and cultivate scientific communication skills. The primary objectives include:

  • Improving overall communication skills.
  • Focusing on both written and oral aspects of scientific communication.
  • Understanding the practices of scientific communication in workshops, conferences, and journals.

Additional objectives encompass training graduate and PhD students to:

  • Access information on diverse topics, including research results and conferences, through paper-based publications and the World Wide Web.
  • Draft CVs, abstracts, extended abstracts, and articles, ensuring proficiency in both language and content, for acceptance at international conferences and publications.
  • Review and assess submissions to scientific conferences, fostering the ability to critically evaluate and provide constructive feedback.


The course will cover a range of topics, including the analysis and critique of various publications such as theses, articles, survey articles, books, and abstracts. Writing exercises, addressing both content and language aspects, will involve the development of students’ own CVs, abstracts, extended abstracts, and papers.

Templates for writing are available here.