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Industrial PhD and research-industry collaboration in Denmark

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A brief talk on benefits and challenges related to the Industrial PhD programme in Denmark and research-industry collaboration, given at IT University of Copenhagen to potential new PhD students. The talk does not cover the formal rules and application procedures, which was covered by another speaker: An industrial PhD student is affiliated to a university (PhD school), but employed in a company, with a salary comparable to the other employees. The Danish Innovation Foundation supports the project (if granted) by refunding the company around 2000Euro/month for three years to support the salary of the PhD student.

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Industrial PhD and research-industry collaboration in Denmark

  1. 1. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD and collaborating with industry Thomas Hildebrandt Associate Professor IT University of Copenhagen www.itu.dk/people/hilde hilde@itu.dk ! ! ! ! ! September 8, 2014 Industrial PhD Day Academia Industry
  2. 2. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Briefly  about  me PhD in Computer Science, Aarhus University, 1999/2000 Employed at ITU since Oct 1999 & Associate prof. in 2002 Director of Foundations of Innovative Research-based Software Technologies (FIRST) PhD School 2004-2011 Facilitator for interest groups in innovation and knowledge networks on digitalization of (workflow, business and case management) processes Head of Process and System Models Group since 2012 (Principal) Investigator in several strategic and inter-disciplinary research projects and supervisor of two industrial PhD students 2
  3. 3. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Why  an  industrial  PhD? • You/a PhD candidate/a company has an idea that requires research & industrial domain knowledge - and will increase the value of what the company provides • A fantastic opportunity to • get REAL problems • interact with users • create value 3
  4. 4. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 How  to  get  started? • You may be approached by or have spotted yourself • a potential PhD candidate • a potential hosting company • Innovation networks are good match makers • The candidate is motivated by seeing the research being applied in and challenged by reality • The company appreciates (the time it takes) digging deep to find the right answer 4
  5. 5. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Make  expectaMons  clear • The PhD will be evaluated on equal terms with standard PhDs - so every activity should be relevant for the PhD thesis • Publications and time to dig deep and write about it are needed - and will also benefit the company • It is also valuable for the PhD project to have some intensive periods in the company, e.g. supporting technology transfer & interacting with customers • The university and the company supervisor will spend time together 5
  6. 6. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Experiences • First experience: • MSc student going to industry and returning with wish to do an industrial PhD in the company • Got fired during financial crisis, but luckily hired at ITU as “regular” and very successful PhD at my other research project 6
  7. 7. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Experiences • Second experience: • MSc student getting hired as research assistant while applying (and reapplying) for industrial PhD • Very successful and demonstrator DCRGraphs.net being presented at top BPM conference this week 7
  8. 8. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Results • Two happy PhD students and supervisors • Joint publications at conferences and workshops • Demonstrator tools - for real environment 8
  9. 9. IT  UNIVERSITY  OF  COPENHAGEN     Supervising an Industrial PhD Thomas Hildebrandt, hilde@itu.dk Industrial PhD Day, Sept. 8, 2014 Warning  points... • There are more partners involved - a risk that the company can not complete the project • (Most of) the funding goes to the company, the university and the candidate - not the supervisor • So, having alternative funding sources next to the industrial PhD project is a good idea, but of course not always possible • But don’t let that hold you back! 9

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