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Building a Successful Research Program

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Presentation for Doctoral Symposium at ICSM (International Conference on Software Maintenance), Timisoara, Romania, Sept 13, 2010

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Building a Successful Research Program

  1. 1. Building a Successful Research Program<br />Oscar Nierstrasz<br />scg.unibe.ch/oscar<br />ICSM PhD Symposium, Sept 13, 2010<br />
  2. 2. PhD Research Patterns<br />The Research Plan<br />Publishing<br />Focus<br />
  3. 3. The Research Plan<br />Be Problem-Oriented<br />Use a Spiral Research Model<br />Make a Research Map<br />Exercise Lateral Thinking<br />Identify your Research Community<br />
  4. 4. Be Problem-Oriented!<br />Avoid being “solution-oriented”<br />Look for research at the border of two fields<br />
  5. 5. Use a Spiral Research Model<br />Agile and iterative applies to research too!<br />Start with low-hanging fruit<br />Keep notes!<br />
  6. 6. Make a Research Map<br />
  7. 7. Exercise Thinking<br />Lateral <br />
  8. 8. Identify your Research Community<br />
  9. 9. Publishing<br />Write “One paper at a time”<br />Package your Research<br />Aim high<br />Include One Startling Sentence<br />The Reviewer is your Friend<br />
  10. 10. Write “One paper at a time”<br />Take baby steps<br />PhD as “junk sculpture”<br />
  11. 11. Package your Research<br /><ul><li>Say what you’re going to say …
  12. 12. One key point
  13. 13. Emphasize the contribution
  14. 14. Write for the reviewer</li></li></ul><li>Include One Startling Sentence<br />
  15. 15. Aim high<br />
  16. 16. The Reviewer is your Friend<br />
  17. 17. Focus<br />Beware of Distractions<br />Be Visible<br />Avoid Common Pitfalls<br />
  18. 18. Be Visible<br />
  19. 19. Avoid Common Pitfalls<br /><ul><li>Tough nut
  20. 20. Wanderlust
  21. 21. Impatience
  22. 22. The perfectionist
  23. 23. No progress</li></li></ul><li>Procastination<br />Hard work often pays off over time,<br />But laziness always pays off now<br />Beware of Distractions<br />

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