Algorithms for Database Systems (252-3002-00L)

Description of this Student Seminar


Michael Böhlen (UZH),  Sven Helmer (UZH) and  Paolo Penna (ETH)
Teaching language: English
Academic Year: Spring 2020

Monday 17.2.2020, 17.00 - 18.30, UZH, BIN 2.A.01
Saturday 25.4.2020, 9.00 - 17.00, UZH, BIN 2.A.01
Saturday 23.5.2020, 9.00 - 17.00, ETH, tba

Overview and objectives: The area of this year's seminar is Time Series. Students learn how to critically read and study research papers, how to summarize the contents of a paper, and how to present it in a seminar.

Teaching format: Each participant writes a self-contained report of about 10 pages and gives a 30 minutes presentation (blackboard, without a computer). Each participant has a buddy. Buddies read the report, make suggestions for improvements, and help with the presentation (e.g., dry runs). The first version of the report is due three weeks before the date of the presentation. This first version of the report and presentation will be discussed with the buddy and the teacher about two weeks before the presentation. The final versions of the report are due one week before the presentation.

Enrollment: The enrollment opens January 15, 2020 at 1pm and is handled via SDBS@OLAT. There are 18 slots in total. The first six slots of each institution are allocated first come, first served. The remaining six slots are allocated to meet constraints.

Setup and Organization: The setup of the seminar will be discussed Monday, February 17, 2020 from 17:00 until 18:30 in room BIN 2.A.01 at UZH. At the first meeting the available slots for the seminar will be distributed and papers will be assigned.


Participation at all three meetings is compulsory. The assessment depends on the quality of the report, presentation, active participation during the seminar, and input as a buddy.

Further information and details at the course webpage at UZH

If you did not enrolled in the OLAT system (now closed), or missed the kickoff meeting, please send an email to Paolo Penna

(in case some partecipant drops out, you may still be considered)