This is an internal event of my department to get all PhD students to talk about their work. First year students present a poster in a 3minute madness session, second year students give a longer presentation on their progress (10 minutes) and third year students have the option of how to present their work (talk or poster). Supervisors and research staff are then encourage give feedback to each student.
Here you can find some pictures from the event: (more…)
This week I visited Microsoft Research in Cambridge for a 2.5 day workshop on how to build a successful career in research and get to know more about the work that goes on in these labs.
It has been a fantastic opportunity to learn hands on about Azure, but also find out for example how computing can be used to cure cancer, capture medical imaging and predict bio-models. I had no idea Microsoft Research covered so many different topics related to computer science! We also got very good tips and tools to on how to write a paper, think strategically, present data and do interdisciplinary research. (more…)
I just came back from CHI conference (http://chi2014.acm.org/), and after talking with other PhD students I realised what I did wrong when trying to network. If only I had known this stuff before…. oh well, lesson learnt for the next upcoming conference!
People that are like rockstars in your field might not have time to chat with you or, if they find a few minutes, they might not still be working on that paper you love citing so much.
1. Don’t aim only for the “big names”.
Questions are good if you want a specific short answer on the paper they just presented, but it’s more likely that you want to have a long conversation with that person and that’s hardly going to happen at the end of a presentation. Especially cause people want to run off to the next session.
2. Don’t just go for questions at the end of a presentation talk.
Yesterday I went to the launch of UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, created to bring together researcher and non-researchers interested in the field of behaviour change, to facilitate networking and communication among people with a common interest. I was particularly impressed with one of the speaker’s presentation, Prof. Alexi Marmot. Read more…
The nice this about doing a PhD, among other stuff, is that the really encourage you to develop transferable skills. Therefore today I attended a workshop on how to make a presentation, held by Gabriel Brostow. Most of the things are quite self-evident if you think about it, Read more…
I got accepted as a student volunteer at the first ACM European Computing Research Conference (ECRC) which will be held in Paris between May 2nd and 4th 2013. What is even more exciting, is that it takes place at the same period and in the same venue of CHI2013. At ECRC2013 Read more…