Career reflections ICCBR 2011 Doctoral Consortium

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I gave this talk in a doctoral consortium meeting to PhD students at different stages of their PhD in order to show them one instance of an academic career.

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Any career is a mix of chances, opportunities, and people. Especially people. Some opportunities you need to create yourself. You certainly need to keep your eyes open and tell people about your wishes!

In hindsight any career looks smooth and straightforward. You don’t see and feel the times of uncertainty, when you felt like you are not going anywhere.

But don’t despair on the way: There is enough time for each step. Just have a long time goal at hand for yourself, and be stubborn in pursuing it.

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Career reflections ICCBR 2011 Doctoral Consortium

  1. 1. © iStockPhoto Career reflections: Chance, opportunities, people Prof. Dr. Thomas Roth-Berghofer School of Computing and Technology R e s e a rc h g ro u p Explanation-aware computing systems Greenwich, UK, 12 September 2011Montag, 12. September 11
  2. 2. Prof. Thomas Roth-Berghofer School of Computing and Technology, University of West London, UK Studied computer science at University of Kaiserslautern Worked in software industry at empolis GmbH, a University spin-off, as software developer, consultant, and quality manager for the Case- Based Reasoning tool orenge (1997–2002) In parallel: PhD at the University of Kaiserslautern „Knowledge Maintenance of Case-Based Reasoning Systems“ Returned to academia in 2002: Technical Director of award-winning EU project MedCIRCLE (Research Unit Cybermedicine & eHealth, University of Heidelberg) and Researcher (Knowledge Management Department, DFKI) 2003–2011: Senior Researcher (DFKI) and Lecturer (U. of Kaiserslautern) 2010–2011: Visiting Professor at University of Hildesheim Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 2 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  3. 3. My motivation: curiosity “To boldly go where no man has gone before!” © Paramount Pictures A-7 “I hold an A-7 computer expert classification, Commodore.” Ep. “The ultimate computer” Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 3 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  4. 4. School and university Leibniz- Gymnasium Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 4 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  5. 5. Chances and opportunities Leibniz- School just had become test school Gymnasium for computer science. Artificial Intelligence was taught in introductory CS class — just once. Student jobs in various research projects helped pay studies. Shareholder of small software Computer Arts and Technologies Software GmbH company and programmer there ➔ Dead end Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 5 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  6. 6. Career questions What are the options? Industry Research institutes such as the German Research Center for AI, Fraunhofer or Max Planck Institutes University What are the general rules of the game? What are the requirements to get a PhD? Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 6 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  7. 7. Software industry & EU research at empolis GmbH Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 7 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  8. 8. Chances and opportunities Stefan Wess: “You can do a PhD at tecInno. We make that happen.” Ralph Traphöner: Introduction to EU-funded projects and research Mehmet Göker: “… and this is how research is actually done.” Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 8 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  9. 9. Career questions How can I do research at a software company? What are interesting topics to research that are also of use to a software company? What are requirements for the time after my PhD? Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 9 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  10. 10. Research at University Hospital Heidelberg & German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI GmbH Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 10 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  11. 11. Chances and opportunities Andreas Dengel: “We need to rebuild my university research group.” ➔ Teaching experience, supervision of PhD students, proposal writing, conference/workshop organisation, etc. Agnar Aamodt: “Would you like to serve on a PhD committee at NTNU?” ➔ Reviewing experience Klaus-Dieter Althoff: “How about being a visiting professor for semester or two in Hildesheim?” ➔ Committee work, experience with university processes, independent teaching, etc. Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 11 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  12. 12. My “experience portfolio” Software engineer, Consultant, Manager Quality and Support empolis GmbH (now: Attensity) industry Visiting Professor Professor in Computing University of Hildesheim since September 2011: academia Lecturer at University of Kaiserslautern research Senior researcher German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 12 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  13. 13. Voyage home messages Academic career is not set in stone. Know about your own capabilities, your options, and your personal goals! Keep your eyes open and create your own opportunities! Don’t despair on the way: There is enough time for each step, but you need to have a long time goal. © Paramount Pictures Boldly go where no one has gone before! Explanation-aware Computing Systems Group DC@ICCBR 2011 — University of Greenwich — 2011-09-12 Slide 13 University of West LondonMontag, 12. September 11
  14. 14. Career reflections: Chance, opportunities, people Prof. Dr. Thomas Roth-Berghofer School of Computing and Technology R e s e a rc h g ro u p Explanation-aware computing systems Greenwich, UK, 12 September 2011Montag, 12. September 11

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