Graduate Course:

Research Planning, 3 credit units (3p)

November 2011 - February 2012

Fast links: WS1 , WS2 , WS3

2004 years course page;

2005 years course
page;

2007 years course
page;

2007
years (second instant) course page;
2008 years course
page;
2009 years course page;
2010 years course page;
2011 years course page;

Course given by: Hans Hansson , Mälardalen University ( mail Hans )

Participants

Links and material

Purpose:

To familiarise yourself with your own research area, and get an understanding of the research areas of other participating students. This includes identification of

o      Central literature

o      Key conferences

o      Leading researchers and research groups

o      Current research issues and hot topics

o      Main results in the field

o      Seminal papers

To formulate a research plan for your own licentiate or PhD project, including

o      Hypothesis

o      Concrete research questions

o      Activities

o      Time plan

o      Milestones


Literature links

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/simonpj/papers/giving-a-talk/giving-a-talk.htm

Target group

The course is primarily intended for first year graduate students, but students that are about to be enrolled or second year students may participate (may also be of interest for students entering a new area or a new phase in their research)..

Content

The course is organised into three workshops, including presentations of assignments. You are expected to actively participate in these workshops.

Workshop 1

Date, Time, and Location:  10, 9-17 (max), Ypsilon

Hans' Powerpoint slides Ivica's Powerpoint slides Article by Mary Shaw

Preparations (assignment 1): Each student should

o      no later than 1 day before the WS mail a 1 page presentation of the own research area/project to me . Approx. half the page should be devoted to the topic and the rest should present the research method used. [Students that do not yet have concrete projects of their own, may instead consider some other relevant research in his/her research group.]

o      prepare a 5-10 min presentation of the above


Workshop 2

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday December 15, 9:15-17, in the R1-205 at MDH in Vås

Main topic: Presentations/discussions.

Submitted reports and reading assignments: TBD
Available in the Research Planning course Dropbox (invitations sent out separately; contact Hans if you need an invitation).
The following table defines the reading assignment (interpretation: Hallmans should read the reports of Jägemar and Ekman, etc.)
In addition to reading you should prepare some feedback on the report and is expected to actively participate in the discussions.
You are welcome to also read other reports.


Hallmans

Jägemar

Sapienza

Olsson

Kivanc

Ekman

Wiklund

Kade

Rylander

Hallmans


X




X




Jägemar



X





x


Sapienza

X






X



Olsson


X







x

Kivanc




X


X




Ekman

X



X






Wiklund





X




x

Kade





x


x



Rylander



x





x


Preparations (assignment 2): Each student should

o      no later than Monday December 12: upload report in dropbox and send a mail to me . This report should include

  • an updated version of assignment 1 (approx 2 pages)
  • an overview of the field of research, presenting related research activities, including
    • Current research issues and hot topics
    • Central literature, including seminal papers
    • Key conferences and leading research groups
    • Relation and relevance for own research
    • References
[The report should be in the order of 10 pages; be in pdf-format and be named ass2-<firstname>_<lastname> ]
  • No later than 3 days before the WS the reports will be distributed to the students. Each student will be assigned 2 fellow student reports to read in depth and provide feedback on at the WS.
  • Prepare a 15 min presentation of the report.
Material: Hans' slides 

Bonus Event (Not yet scheduled; may be scheduled after WS 3)
Date, Time, and Location:
Last year featuring
  • Stefan Cederblad (PostDoctoral researcher and former industrial PhD-student) and
  • Kimmo Eriksson (Prof. in Mathematics)

Workshop 3

Date, Time, and Location: Tuesday January 24, 8:30-17:00, Ypsilon at MDH in Vås

Submitted reports and reading assignments: TBD

Available in the Research Planning course Dropbox (invitations sent out previously; contact Hans if you need an invitation).
The following table defines the reading assignment (interpretation: Joe should read the reports of Abhi and Svetlana, etc.)
In addition to reading you should prepare some feedback on the report (as specified below) and is expected to actively participate in the discussions.
You are welcome to also read other reports
.


Joe
Abhi
Svetlana
Hang
Rafia
Joe

X
X


Abhi
X

X


Svetlana



X
X
Hang

X


X
Rafia
X


X


Preparations (assignment 3): Each student should

o      no later than 4pm Thursday January 19: upload report in dropbox and send a mail to me . This report should include

  • an updated version of assignment 2 (approx 10 pages)
  • a plan of the own research activities, including
    • Hypothesis
    • Concrete research questions
    • Concrete expected results
    • Activities, including planned publications and co-operations, and conference trips etc.
    • Time plan
    • Milestones
[The report should be in the order of 20 pages; be in pdf-format and be named ass3-<firstname>_<lastname>]
  • The reports will be distributed to the students. Each student will be assigned 2 fellow student reports to read in depth and provide feedback on at the WS.
  • Prepare a 15 min presentation of the report.
  • Reviewers should prepare oral feedback and a brief written statement to be given to Hans and the author, including
    • Overall statement
    • Required improvements
    • Suggested improvements (including detailed comments)
    • Other comments


Participants:

stephan.baumgart@VOLVO.COM;
goran.bertheau@mdh.se;
Kivanc Dogany kivanc@sics.se;
mathias.ekman@se.transport.bombardier.com;
daniel.hallmans@se.abb.com;
marcus.jagemar@mdh.se;
daniel.kade@mdh.se;
Tomas Olsson tol@sics.se;
david.rylander@volvo.com;
gaetana.sapienza@se.abb.com;
kristian.wiklund@mdh.se;

Lecturer:

Hans Hansson