Information Systems and Service Design Seminar


With this seminar, we aim to provide students with the possibility to independently work on state-of-the-art research topics in addition to the knowledge gained in the lectures of the research group ISSD (Prof. Mädche).  The research group “Information Systems & Service Design” (ISSD) headed by Prof. Mädche focuses in research, education, and innovation on designing interactive intelligent systems. It is positioned at the intersection of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

In the seminar, participants will get deeper insights in a contemporary research topic in the field of information systems, specifically interactive intelligent systems.


The actual seminar topics will be derived from current research activities of the research group.  Our research assistants offer a rich set of topics from our research clusters (digital experience and participation, intelligent enterprise systems, or digital services design & innovation). Students can select among these topics individually depending on their personal interests. The seminar is carried out in the form of a literature-based thesis project. In the seminar, students will acquire the important methodological skills of running a systematic literature review.


Learning Objectives

  • focus on a contemporary topic at the intersection of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), specifically interactive intelligent systems
  • carry out a structured literature search for a given topic
  • aggregate the collected information in a suitable way to present and extract knowledge
  • write a seminar thesis following academic writing standards
  • deliver a presentation in a scientific context in front of an auditorium



No specific prerequisites are required for the seminar.



Further literature will be made available in the seminar.


Course Content

Depending on the supervisor and the individual research focus. We provide new seminar topics in every semester.

Course Schedule

Will be announced. There will be an inital kick-off session to introduce students who successfully applied into the method and the requirements, and to distribute topics among students, and to communicate all deadlines at the start of the seminar.

The course will comprise the following meetings and dates:

Session / Deadline Date
Kick-Off Meeting 29.04.2020 14:00 - 15:30
Topic Assignment 02.05.2020
Submission Deadline Search String 27.05.2020 12:00
(Optional): Q&A Session 24.06.2020 14:00 - 15:30
Submission Deadline Presentation File 12.07.2020 12:00
Presentation Session 15.07.2020 13:00 - ~17:00 depending on number of students. The session will be split into two groups if there are more students
Submission Deadline Final Seminar Thesis 31.08.2020 12:00

Course Requirements

Master students can visit the seminar. For the registration to the seminar, students have to use the WiWi-Portal.

Within the seminar, students have to prepare a seminar thesis comprising up to 20 pages.

Course Grading

The assessment consists of a seminar paper, a presentation of the results, and the contribution to the discussions within the presentation sessions. The final grade is based on the evaluation of each component:

  • seminar thesis (70%)
  • seminar presentation (20%)
  • contribution to discussion (10%)

Course Material

After the assignment of students to their particular topic, each student will receive some starting literature from his/her supervisor. All templates and materials will be distributed after the initial kick-off meeting.


For submission of materials and organizational questions please contact Sven Scheu.