First Nepomuk Doctoral Colloquium


At the General Assembly this week in Palaiseau, France, (near Paris) the first Nepomuk doctoral colloquium took place (see also an earlier post). Due to the lack of time only six presentations could be given. (From 24 participants 18 were doctorands. And those were not even all PhD students of the project!) I was supported in this effort by Mehdi Jazayeri, professor of computer science at University of Lugano, Switzerland, and Yngve Sundblad, professor of computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

The event was quite a learning experience not only for the doctorands (at least, I hope so!) but more so for me. It was kind of comparing notes on how to supervise doctorands. I am involved in supervising doctorands for quite a while now, but I rarely get the opportunity to see if my opinion / my view on how PhD research should be done is valid …

PhD research is communicated in the project via the Nepomuk-internal wiki. So I cannot link to it from here. But I will give you an impression of what such information looks like. Each doctorand is being asked to provide basically the following information:

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PhD research of doctorand X

General information

  • Title of the thesis (even if temporary): <title>
    Supervisor(s) (formal): <formal supervisor>
    Supervisor (informal): <informal supervisor>
    University (where thesis should be submitted): <university>
    Start: <start date>
    Planned end: <end date>

Motivation

Topic of the thesis

Research question

Publications relevant to the thesis

  1. [XY] title, author
    [YZ] title, author

Planned publications

Directly related Nepomuk PhDs

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Maybe this helps others—supervisors as well as doctorands—out there. And if so, let me know!

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