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Doctoral Research Seminar 2014-15 (“Seminário de Investigação”)

  • PhD Program on “Sustainable Energy Systems” – “Seminar I” @ IST/ISEG;
  • PhD Program on “Engineering and Public Policy” – Research Seminar @ IST

 

Faculty:
Manuel Heitor, Full Professor, IST (Mechanical Engineering Dept.)
Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+
Carlos Silva, Chair Associate Professor, IST (Physics Dept.)
Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+

Duration: Semester, 1st year of doctoral training

General Goals:
This course is aimed to introduce new doctoral students to research practice, with emphasis on engineering systems and policy research. It is a required subject for all entering PhD students. The ultimate goal is to guarantee students engage in research activities, select a supervisor (s) and initiate in reporting/communicating research results, through complementary aspects of modern research training:

  • autonomy, including fostering student capacity to identify research theme(s) and supervisor(s);
  • collaboration, including the open discussion of research methods and themes, as well as collaborating with supervisor(s) and other researchers/colleagues to help formulating research issues;
  • complexity, including guidance towards the formulation of a research program, mainly to deal with complex and non-structured problems, where the interaction of technology, humans and institutions are of central importance;
  • outcome, including the preparation towards publishing in research and in technical journals;

Requirements:
The course has been designed to facilitate the introduction of “doctoral qualification” practices at a doctorate level (i.e., “qualifiers”) and requires the successful preparation, presentation and discussion of a research paper, which is the basis for the course evaluation.

 

Course Overview:
The Doctoral Seminar is a semester course focused on identifying, formulating and solving a specific research topic, leading to a research publication. It is based on the preparation, writing-up and discussion of an independent research paper, researched, written and discussed over the duration of the 1st doctoral semester, including several oral presentations.  The research is often conducted as part of a multi-faculty and multi-student team, and the paper will become the first of the publications that eventually make up the student thesis.

It is expected that the research paper prepared during the Doctoral Seminar is a first step towards the preparation of the student thesis proposal. But it should not be the thesis proposal. Rather, it should be based on an independent research paper, to be developed in close interaction with the student supervisor(s).

 

Integration with Doctoral Program and Doctoral Thesis:
The Doctoral Seminar is integrated in PhD programs with a very strong research orientation, with students beginning their research soon after they enter their programs.  The goal is that the research undertaken in fulfillment of the requirements of the Doctoral Seminar will make a fundamental and generalizable contribution toward the preparation of a PhD thesis proposal and, then, to the final PhD dissertation.

The Doctoral Seminar has been designed in a context where a PhD thesis is expected to involve up to three or four research papers. The research paper to be prepared for the Doctoral Seminar should contribute to this effort and, in many cases, it will represent the first paper of that set. It will “qualify” the students to carry on their PhD program and prepare, in the months to follow, a thesis proposal.

In addition, students may use the Research Seminar to open their contacts with faculty and students in other institutions, namely those associated with their specific PhD programs, as briefly described below.

PhD Program on “Sustainable Energy Systems, SES”:
Students identify and develop a research topic over the course of the 1st year. The Doctoral Seminar will help bringing together students and faculty from FEUP-Porto, UCoimbra, IST-Lisbon, and FCUL, as engaged in the several PhD Programs on “Sustainable Energy Systems” associated with the MIT-Portugal Program, in a way to share research ideas and exchange experiences about research methodologies and presentation skills.

PhD program on “Engineering and Public Policy”
The Doctoral Seminar will help bringing together students and faculty from FEUP-Porto and IST-Lisbon, as engaged in the in the two PhD Programs on “Engineering and Public Policy” associated with the Carnegie Mellon-Portugal Program

 

Student Evaluation (individual):
Student evaluation will be focused on the preparation and discussion of a research paper. The reference term for an excellent grade will be a paper published, or publishable, in a quality research journal.

 

Deliverables and overall time schedule:

  • Initial Research Overview (due by mid November)

A one- to two-pages paper overview, considering a proposed first outline for a research paper, including:

  • Identification of research issue and potential supervisor(s);
  • A justification of the importance of the proposed study, including state-of-the-art and identification of proposed audience for the research;
  • Initial description of data set to be used, providing context, scope and sources of information;
  • Brief tentative description of research methodologies or tools to be used;
  • Brief initial identification of expected results and their impact.
  • Brief Paper Overview (due by mid December)

A two- to five-pages paper overview, including an abstract, considering a proposed first outline of a research paper, including:

  • A clearly stated research question;
  • A clear justification of the importance of the proposed study, including state-of-the-art and identification of proposed audience for the research;
  • Brief identification and description of data set to be used, providing context, scope and sources of information;
  • Initial description of research methodologies or tools to be used;
  • Preliminary identification of expected results and their impact.
  • The brief paper should be previously discussed with supervisor(s).
  • Paper presentations: three presentations along the semester (November/December/February)

Public presentations (10-15 min.), including:

  • Identification of research question;
  • Justification in terms of the state of the art and gaps identified, with emphasis on the motivation of the importance of the proposed study and identification of proposed audience for the research;
  • Research planning (methodologies, tools, timeline), with identification of main challenges and opportunities for new research
  • Identification and description of data set, providing context, scope and sources of information
  • Description of research methodologies or tools;
  • Identification of expected results and work in progress.
  • The presentations should be previously discussed with supervisor(s).

 

  • Final Research Paper submission (15 February)

A research paper, 10 to 15 pages, in a form to be publishable in a research journal. Potential journals should be identified. The paper should be previously discussed with supervisor(s). It is suggested the paper to consider:

  • Abstract (up to 2 paragraphs);
  • Introduction, with a clearly stated research question and the justification of the importance of the proposed study, including state-of-the-art and identification of proposed audience for the research;
  • Identification and description of data set, providing context, scope and sources of information;
  • Description of research methodologies or tools used and their justification;
  • Description of results;
  • Analysis and discussion of main results and their impact.
  • Conclusions
  • References


RESEARCH SEMINARS 2014: Calendar and detailed time schedule