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Portrait Sebastian Serth
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Sebastian Serth

Research Associate and Ph.D. Student

Hasso-Plattner-Institute für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3
14482 Potsdam

office:      L-2.04
phone:     +49 (0)331-5509-4816
fax:          +49 (0)331-5509-325
e-mail:     Sebastian.Serth(at)hpi.de
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastianserth/


Research Interests

  • Programming Education in Massive Open Online Courses
  • Automated Evaluation of Programming Submissions in University Courses
  • High-school Computer Science Education



Online Profiles


Publication List


  • Consuming Security: Evalu... - Download
    Koehler, D., Serth, S., Meinel, C.: Consuming Security: Evaluating Podcasts to Promote Online Learning Integrated with Everyday Life. 2021 World Engineering Education Forum/Global Engineering Deans Council (WEEF/GEDC). pp. 476–481. IEEE, Madrid, Spain (2021).
  • Improving the Scalability... - Download
    Serth, S., Köhler, D., Marschke, L., Auringer, F., Hanff, K., Hellenberg, J.-E., Kantusch, T., Paß, M., Meinel, C.: Improving the Scalability and Security of Execution Environments for Auto-Graders in the Context of MOOCs. In: Greubel, A., Strickroth, S., and Striewe, M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop "Automatische Bewertung von Programmieraufgaben" (ABP 2021). pp. 3–10. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), Virtual Event, Germany (2021).
  • TransPipe - A Pipeline fo... - Download
    Bethge, J., Serth, S., Staubitz, T., Wuttke, T., Nordemann, O., Das, P.-P., Meinel, C.: TransPipe - A Pipeline for Automated Transcription and Translation of Videos. Proceedings of the 7th European MOOC Stakeholder Summit (EMOOCs 2021). pp. 79–94. Universitätsverlag Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (2021).
  • Impact of Contextual Tips... - Download
    Serth, S., Teusner, R., Meinel, C.: Impact of Contextual Tips for Auto-Gradable Programming Exercises in MOOCs. Proceedings of the Eighth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale. pp. 307–310. ACM, Virtual Event, Germany (2021).
  • CodeOcean and CodeHarbor:... - Download
    Serth, S., Staubitz, T., Teusner, R., Meinel, C.: CodeOcean and CodeHarbor: Auto-Grader and Code Repository. In: Shaffer, C., Brusilovsky, P., Koedinger, K., and Edwards, S. (eds.) SPLICE 2021 Workshop CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice. p. 5. 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Virtual Event (2021).


  • Digitale Arbeitsblätter ... - Download
    Serth, S., Teusner, R., Meinel, C.: Digitale Arbeitsblätter mit interaktiven Programmieraufgaben im Informatik-Unterricht. In: Zender, R., Ifenthaler, D., Leonhardt, T., and Schumacher, C. (eds.) Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) - Proceedings: DELFI 2020 – Die 18. Fachtagung Bildungstechnologien der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. pp. 235–246. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), Bonn, Germany (2020).


  • Evaluating Digital Worksh... - Download
    Serth, S., Teusner, R., Renz, J., Uflacker, M.: Evaluating Digital Worksheets with Interactive Programming Exercises for K-12 Education. Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). IEEE (2019).
  • Integrating Professional ... - Download
    Serth, S.: Integrating Professional Tools in Programming Education with MOOCs. Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). IEEE (2019).
  • Individual Worksheets wit... - Download
    Serth, S.: Individual Worksheets with Interactive Programming Exercises within the HPI Schul-Cloud. Master’s Thesis. Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam (2019).


  • VAMO – What Story Do Yo... - Download
    Cabral, F., Shah, S., Zhou, Z., Serth, S., Krogmann, S., Lötzsch, W.: VAMO – What Story Do You Want to Tell?. Stanford University (2018).


  • An Interactive Platform t... - Download
    Serth, S., Podlesny, N., Bornstein, M., Lindemann, J., Latt, J., Selke, J., Schlosser, R., Boissier, M., Uflacker, M.: An Interactive Platform to Simulate Dynamic Pricing Competition on Online Marketplaces. 21st IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2017, Quebec City, QC, Canada, October 10-13, 2017. pp. 61–66. IEEE (2017).
  • Data-Driven Repricing Str... - Download
    Boissier, M., Schlosser, R., Podlesny, N., Serth, S., Bornstein, M., Latt, J., Lindemann, J., Selke, J., Uflacker, M.: Data-Driven Repricing Strategies in Competitive Markets: An Interactive Simulation Platform. Proceedings of the Eleventh ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys ’17). pp. 355–357. ACM, New York, NY, USA (2017).
  • Serving Live Multimedia f... - Download
    Serth, S., Haarmann, S., Faber, L.: Serving Live Multimedia for the Linked Open Data Cloud. In: Eibl, M. and Gaedke, M. (eds.) GI-Edition-Lecture Notes in Informatics 275: Informatik 2017, 47. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI). pp. 2487–2498. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), Bonn, Germany (2017).
  • Demo: Enabling En-Route F... - Download
    Seitz, K., Serth, S., Krentz, K.-F., Meinel, C.: Demo: Enabling En-Route Filtering for End-to-End Encrypted CoAP Messages. Proceedings of the 15th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2017). ACM Press, New York, NY, USA (2017).

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Massive Open Online Courses




Adivce and Technical Support for other Courses

Supervised Theses

Master Theses

  • Working Title: Supporting teachers with the creation of auto-gradable programming exercises, Summer Term 2022

Bachelor Theses

  • An Accessible Virtual Private Network Infrastructure for Interacting with Online Code Execution Environments, Summer Term 2021
  • Peak Load Management in Container Environments on the Example of CodeOcean, Summer Term 2021
  • Remote Debugging within a Web-based Execution Environment, Summer Term 2021
  • Orchestrating Network Scenarios for Interactive Learning Platforms, Summer Term 2021
  • Security Concepts in Programming Languages, Summer Term 2021


Teaching Activities

Summer Term 2021

Winter Term 2020 / 2021

Summer Term 2020

Winter Term 2019 / 2020


Presentations, Workshops and Talks