Awareness-raising to research

AwaRe
Abstract

The objective of this course is to familiarize Master students with the research community, both from academia and industry.

Several speakers from different background will explain their motivation to have chosen to do a Ph.D. and will share their personal experience since then accumulated during their career. The course will include several Q&A sessions, the selection and reading of a scientific article co-authored by a young researcher.The objective of this course is to familiarize Master students with the research community, both from academia and industry.

Several speakers from different background will explain their motivation to have chosen to do a Ph.D. and will share their personal experience since then accumulated during their career. The course will include several Q&A sessions, the selection and reading of a scientific article co-authored by a young researcher.

Description

The list of talks:

- What is a phd, why do a phd, myths (1-hour session)

Marios Kountouris (EURECOM)

Marios.Kountouris@eurecom.fr

https://www.eurecom.fr/en/people/kountouris-marios

What is a PhD? Have you ever wondered whether you “should” get a PhD or not? This lecture will discuss the most common reasons for pursuing one, along with the benefits that a PhD can give you. It will look at the facts, stats, and myths about PhD and will explain how (and where) to embark on a PhD journey?

- From academic research to a startup (1-hour session)

Arnaud Legout (INRIA)

http://www-sop.inria.fr/members/Arnaud.Legout/

arnaud.legout@inria.fr

The speaker is a research scientist at Inria. However, he made academic breaks to create two startups. He will present his journey starting from his master 1, explain why he made a Ph.D. thesis, how it helps making startups, why he made an academic career, and what are the links between academic research and startups.

- Basic Research in Industrial Labs. (2-hour session)

Patrick Perez (VALEO)

https://ptrckprz.github.io/

patrick.perez@valeo.com

Tapping into my experience in three different industries (software, cinema and automotive), I will evoke the rationale and the challenges of exploratory research in private labs. I will in particular discuss: open vs. closed research (papers, codes and data); push vs. pull tech transfers; academic collaborations; intellectual property; organizational hurdles. Along the way, I will evoke successful experiences of transfers from basic research to deployed products, and some others less successful.

- First steps and best practices in research (2-hour session)

David Gesbert (EURECOM)

https://www.eurecom.fr/cm/gesbert

david.gesbert@eurecom.fr

This 2-hour and hopefully interactive talk is intended to all students with a curiosity for research as a possible initial career path. The speaker will address a range of questions such as why/when do a PhD? How to make the most of it? What are good practices when starting with research? What is creativity? How to write successful research papers? The talk is relevant for students who are wondering about what it takes (and gives!) to embark in a PhD. It is designed to trigger discussions and will contain an open Q/A session.

The Cifre fellowship: the French industrial PhD programme(1-hour session)

Guilhem Luc FRESCALINE (ANRT)

frescaline@anrt.asso.fr

For the past 40 years, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has been funding the specific doctoral Cifre programme within a public-private partnership framework. The Cifre fellow signs a 3 years full time work contract with a French company with a minimum gross annual salary of € 23,484 (average superior to 30 000 euros in 2020). The Cifre fellow complete his thesis under supervision by academic supervisor while enrolled each year in doctoral school.

- Round table with all speakers (1 hour)

Each attendee will be invited to submit (at least) one question to one speaker. A moderator will sort and compile questions.

- Review a scientific article & discuss with a doctoral student co-author

 

A list of conference articles will be proposed to attendees of the course.  The list will include articles co-authored by Ph.D students from EURECOM.  Attendees will have to pick one, to read it and to fill and return a simplified reviewing form.  Attendees will then have a tele-conference with the co-author (between 15 and 60 minutes) to discuss about the history and content of the article.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • To get familiar with what is a Ph.D;
  • To make the difference between research in industry and in academia.

Grading:

  • Attendees must participate to all talks, submit the reviewing form, have a discussion with a Ph.D student and propose a question for the round table.  If all criteria are met, the attendee would obtain 1,5 ECTS.