In the meantime, studies have started again, online and this time without hope for an improvement soon. Another new feature in the sixth semester is that we can choose two subjects ourselves. The choices are Software Engineering, Pervasive Computing, IT Security, E-Commerce and Internet of Things. All of these sound good to me (but I'm less interested in e-commerce), but in the end I choose IT security and the Internet of Things.
I choose IT security because I find cryptography and encryption super exciting, and besides, cybersecurity experts are pretty much the most sought-after people around today. The lecture in IT Security is held together with computer science students, which again brings a new perspective on some things. Instead of an exam, we have to complete several projects in this lecture and are allowed, for example, to hack into a specially set up fake web store in order to slip into the role of an attacker.
I chose the Internet of Things because, among other things, this subject also deals with digitalized laboratories, as I have already become acquainted with them during my student work in the DigiLab4U research project. We get to know various labs at other locations that are already partially or completely digitally accessible. For example, we can remotely try out the RFID lab at the university in Parma, Italy, and virtually walk through the technical university in Stockholm and experiment with driverless transport systems.
Because of the international nature of the project, the entire lecture will be held in English. A good opportunity to brush up on your foreign language skills, in my opinion, because the majority of exchanges in our globalized world take place in English.