Research Project Procedure

Institute for Artificial Intelligence (KI)

Step-by-step guide from start to finish of your Research Project.

With a Research Project, you are introduced to research at an early stage of your academic career.

For this purpose, you can team up with at least 2 other students to work on a project in a period of no more than 6 months, which is oriented towards current research questions of the departments and institutes.

A contribution to an ongoing externally funded project or to a practical question is possible, as well as a continuation of the project in a chosen bachelor thesis. Participants are able to plan and carry out a research-oriented project under supervision and to document and present the results.


If you already have a topic in mind for your scientific project or if you have interest in a particular research area, get in touch with a researcher involved in this field. Our team can help you find the right person.

You can start working on your project any time during the semester, for a maximum period of 6 months.

Scientific progress depends on open access to information and data. Without it, researchers would not be able to share knowledge broadly, to replicate findings from data, and to evolve scientific insight. For these reasons, we openly publish our papers and data online so that everyone can access them. We expect our students to proceed likewise with their theses and projects; in return, we assure to advise and support them in the best possible way during their work.

  • Step 2.1: Download and read the contract. If you are not a German speaker, we recommend using Deepl translator, so you can understand the document, complete it and sign it. In case of any questions, ask your Advisor.
  • Step 2.2: Attach a description of your research project (example here) to the contract, and send both documents to the MLS Secretariat. Prof. Niepert will sign them, and they will be archived at our Department, in a project folder.
  • Step 2.3: Download the registration form. List Prof. Niepert' as Examiner (Prüfer) and sign the document.

In this step, you must officially register your project.

Send the form mentioned on the previous step to the Examination Office (Prüfungsamt) of the University with the MLS Secretariat in copy.

Important: if you are developing a research project with a group of other students, each member must send their registration form individually to the Examination Office. One student cannot make the registration on behalf of the others.

After the registration, the Examination Office will create an object exam for the research project on C@mpus, where your grade will be uploaded by your Supervisor.

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