Fakultät für Informatik

TU München - Fakultät für Informatik
Software- and Systems Engineering Research Group


Wintersemester 2014
Inter-disciplinary Research Network InDisNet



  • [15.10.2014] The final time and the places for the courses are published here. You will be informed separately via TUMOnline.
  • [22.07.2014] The web site is online. Registration on TUMonline opens in the next weeks.

Goals and Content

For organisational issues, take a look here.

The Inter-disciplinary Research Network InDisNet is an initiative of three young lecturers in the frame of the ProLehre Multiplikator Program for excellent teaching at TUM. The overall concept of InDisNet is to gather students from various fields of studies in order to broaden their horizon of knowledge and accompany them on their journey towards inter-disciplinary problem solving strategies. Concretely, students will be asked to work as inter-faculty teams on one of three projects in line with their academic background and up-to-date research activities (see section 2). Together they will be responsible for all project management issues and tasks necessary to provide answers to the main scientific question addressed in their respective projects. By means of different methodically approaches (see section 3) and intensive mentoring by the 3 course leaders, students will be confronted with new learning strategies and will have the opportunity to get insights into aspects of sciences from other disciplines. This new elective course, which will be launched during winter term 2014/2015, is we believe innovative and unique in its structure and inter-disciplinary aspect. It will very likely contribute to the emancipation of students via exchange with peers who have foreign yet complementary expertise, learning skills and faculty culture and customs. The course is also in line with strategies followed at TUM to develop inter-disciplinary research activities (e.g. IGSSE graduate program) and may thus be considered an important step towards encouragement of inter-disciplinary research.

The primary goal of InDisNet is to give to Master students the opportunity to broaden their spectrum of knowledge to other fields of research by tackling reality-based challenges proposed by the course leaders and partners. We intend to make students realize that science is based on fundamental approaches which are used in all disciplines, even if outputs differ substantially. By being confronted with the concept of “philosophy of science”, they will be able to transfer scientific approaches from other disciplines into their own field of interest. They will reflect on own and other faculty culture to find common ground of work for tackling the proposed research projects. They will also learn to exchange ideas in clear and concise manner with colleagues outside someone’s own subject area, which is essential for interdisciplinary work, and to evaluate peers as well as team members. Moreover, InDisNet aims at mediating soft skills such as project management, oral and poster presentations and questioning in a congress-like atmosphere.

In a Nutshell:

  • InDisNet is a interdisciplinary course in cooperation between three (interdisciplinary) groups. We will accept 5 students from each faculty. Details on the modules can be taken from TUMOnline.
  • We will organise in total three workshops where all students are expected to actively participate to work, discuss, and present the results of their projects.
  • During the whole course, the students will work in groups on one out of three projects.
  • Between the workshops, the project groups will be continuously adviced by the supervisors.
  • Details on the projects and the course organisation can be taken from orga.shtml.
  • The seminar is given under different modules at different faculties. At Informatics, for example, it is given as "Überfachliche Grundlage". Please refer for details to TUMOnline or contact the supervisors.


Supervisor of this course are:

Examination Criteria

All participants are expected to actively participate in the course sessions and discussions. The grading will be done following the scheme: 70/30 (team work / individual contribution). Details during the course.

For organisational issues, take a look here.

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