Bachelor, master and project theses

We always have interesting topics for bachelor, master and project theses available for students. Usually, the topics are tightly integrated with our ongoing research and teaching activities. We promise not only to give you all the support you need, but we are also interesteted that the finished thesis gets some real use instead of collecting dust on a shelf.

We have several systems for research and teaching that are under constant development. Some of these systems are actively developed in collaboration with our partners at other universities.

I addition to our suggestions, we are always open for individual, innovative ideas from students who want to write their theses with us.

Questions, ideas, interest? Talk to us.

LATTE – Learning and Teaching Tools and Environments

Here, we work on better environments for teaching and learning.

Sensate – Support Engine for Scholarly and Academic Texts

One focus area is supporting students (and teachers) authoring texts, such as homework assignments, theses or scholarly works. A web-based system analyses your own work or source material, categorizes them and helps you resarching the topic and embedding found literature into your own text. In addition, the system analyzes the readability of the text and supports collaboration with other authors.

Next to methods from Natural Language Processing, we make use of modern web technologies. Addtitionally, we combine those with methods from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Visualization and Data Management within an exciting application area.

A web2py-based prototype exists, with the heavy lifting done within a master thesis project. This tool implements a general NLP pipeline and performs first analytical tasks on uploaded texts. This includes simple statistics (number of words and sentences), a readability index (using established formulas), keyword generation and indexing (using thesaurii and web services) and a rudimentary identification of citations (APA-style only). It is comparably easy to extend this prototype, which means time-consuming implementation of basic functions is not needed and one can immediately start with the more "interesting things".

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Clara – The Critical Listening Assistant

Another focus area is a system that offers students and teachers new means of interaction with audio- and video material as well as lecture notes and slides (for lectures or other forms of presentations). Material for lecture is to be made available not only as linear narratives or with pre-defined entry points. Instead, the content of the course is to be made accessible through contextualised searches and automatically generated summaries of key issues.

Human communication is always multi modal and multi codal. A lot of information is exchanged non-verbally (as well), through gestures and behaviour. This also holds for the behaviour of lecturers. Changes in intonation, prosody, loudness, gestures as well as the use of keywords give hints about topic changes or key points. Those "multi modal cues" are to be perceived and processed in order to automatically segment a talk and find core parts. As a second step, methods from natural language generation are used to generate summaries etc.

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ExRAI – Explainable and Responsible Artificial Intelligence

The current renaissance of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as well as their extended use in new application domain creates challenging requirements both for explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) and  ethical design processes and responsivle use of intelligent systems.

XAI-systems can make their inner working and reasoning transparent to the user or justify their actions, thereby increasing trust in computational systems. Research in XAI is not new, but there is still a lot to be done, both in terms of requirements towards knowledge representations and reasoning processes and in terms of implementation of dialogic explanatory processes.

In the area of ethical design and responsible use of AI and ML system, the question is whether we can make use of principles from other areas such as safety critical systems development.

Possible topic areas would therefore be, amongst others:

ShareBoard – An Interactive Whiteboard

You have a computer with a touch-sensitive display? Or a video projector, a WII-controller and an infrared pen? Or just a computer with mouse and keyboard? Then you can use ShareBoard.

ShareBoard is a digital whiteboard to support teamwork. Several ShareBoard instances can be coupled, so that you can work on diagrams, pictures, drawings together with your friends and colleagues on the other side of the world.

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PerGamEn – Pervasive Games and Environments

Augmented Reality Games bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual world.  Some in-game actions may only be allowed while the player is at specific locations in the physical world. One might have to use physical objects to initiate virtual actions. The world can be the playing field for digital interaction, like in alternate reality games.

Examples for such pervasive games are Ingress, Pokémon Go, Resource Game or father.io. A thesis in this area can e.g. concentrate on the software infrastructure for such games and demonstrate the framework wiht a simple prototype.

Or you can work with a theme like "Future University" and design a concept and implement a prototype for the university. This could be a game helping you learn languages by connecting players with different skils in order to solve language problems. Or you can help new students explore their new home playfully.

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CAKE – Context-Aware Knowledge-based Environment

You like to work undisturbed while being "in the flow", but still want to take part in gossiping during coffee break? You are annoyed that you had to climb down into the basement for three times, just to see that your neighbor is already using the shared washing machine?

Contextualized systems are able to distinguish different situations and react adequately. They can learn to sense the interruptibility status of persons and show your colleagues when better not to disturb you. They can help to automate the house, or to help us live independently in our own flat when we grow old (Ambient Assisted Living). 

The Context-Aware Environment (CAKE) is a framework to build such contextualized and ambient systems. CAKE can be coupled with different sensors and actuators and make use of artificially intelligent components to reason about the state of the world.

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LADI – Location-Aware Device Integration

You want to work with your data on different devices and share data selectively with other people? You would like to watch pictures on your smartphone in a different resolution than on your desktop PC? You would like to have a search that gives you information about a hotel in Paris, and not always show you certain people when you search for Paris Hilton? You want to show pictures from your smartphone on your TV without having to configure the network or having to log onto an unknown WLAN?

If so, then LADI could be interesting for you. LADI is a system for location-centric (and not network-centric) interaction of different devices. You can use your smartphone to control a presentation on a PC with attached video projector, even although both devices are connected to different networks.

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Completed Theses