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Standard planning

Some tipps by Fred Le Mouel

For my own students

  • Goal
    • 5 conference papers, 2 journals
  • Year 1
    • Before you start
      • Prospective thesis outline
      • Scientific method to be used
      • Technical goals of the project
    • Feasability study (4 months)
      • State of the art
      • Proof-of-concept (PoC) of the thesis goal
      • Conference paper: typically a small conference, for learning writing
      • Project Poster
    • Iteration 1: core of scientific contribution (8 months)
      • Rewrite core research question, write a domain survey
      • Formalise scientific contribution, develop PoC of the contribution
      • Conference paper
    • End of the year
      • Rewrite thesis subject
      • Rewrite prospective thesis outline
      • 1 page on project progress
  • Year 2
    • Iteration 2: refine/extend scientific contribution (6 months)
      • Research question, domain survey
      • Formalise scientific contribution, develop PoC of the contribution
      • Conference paper
      • Journal paper
    • Iteration 3: refine/extend again (6 months)
      • Find partners abroad
      • Research question, domain survey
      • Formalise scientific contribution, develop PoC of the contribution
      • Conference paper
    • End of the year
      • Rewrite prospective thesis outline
      • 1 page on project progress
  • Year 3
    • Iteration 4: refine/extend again (6 months)
      • Research question, domain survey
      • Formalise scientific contribution, develop PoC of the contribution
      • Conference paper
      • Journal paper
    • Redaction (6 months)
      • Finalize thesis outline
      • Make missing contributions
      • Write (4 months)

Bootstrap you PhD

  • Find founding and advisor
  • Define the objective (both technical and scientific), get thesis subject
  • Find: the suitable scientific community, target conferences and journals
    • Identify conferences and journals where your team is involved in
    • Identify A* and A level conferences for your topic: CorePortal
  • Make the administrative part
    • Apply for your doctoral college. In Strasbourg, MSII
    • For Cifre application, apply to the Cifre website
    • This directory may be useful for informations about french labs and doctoral colleges.