PhD Symposium

The IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century will host a free half-day Symposium for PhD students on the afternoon of 23rd June 2014 – the day prior to commencement of the main conference. All PhD students attending the main conference are invited to participate in this Symposium. Attendance at the symposium will give research students the opportunity for networking with senior conference presenters and participants in a supportive environment prior to the conference.

What is the PhD Symposium?

The PhD Symposium is a forum designed to provide postgraduate students the opportunity to discuss – in a friendly and supportive environment – their research approach and any research challenges they are facing. This is relevant for students both at the beginning of their research and at an advanced stage.

Who can attend and participate?

All students registered to attend the main conference are welcome to attend the PhD Symposium; however, to be eligible to participate in the Symposium you need to be a PhD student. Admission to the PhD Symposium is free, however you need to register your intent to attend by emailing the PhD Symposium Chair Sophie McKenzie.

Submissions to the Symposium:

Only 8 positions are available for PhD students to present submissions at the Symposium.

Submissions should relate to the student’s PhD area of research, be in English and between 2 to 4 pages (excluding references) in PDF format, and structured as follows:

1. Aims and Background;

2. Significance and Innovation;

3. Methodology; and

4. Questions and Issues.

Submissions are to be forwarded to the PhD Symposium Chair Sophie McKenzie by 1st March 2014. You will be notified by 14 March 2014 if your submission has been accepted for presentation at the Symposium.

Please note that, even if you do not want to present at the Symposium, you can still attend. However, you must register for the Symposium by sending an email to the PhD Symposium Chair, Sophie McKenzie.

Postgraduate and doctoral students are also strongly encouraged to submit papers and posters to the main conference in addition to the PhD Symposium. There are four conference tracks (including a Student Track) as well as prizes for Best Student Paper and Best Student Poster. For details, please see:

Symposium Panel:

An important part of the PhD Symposium is a panel of experts who have PhD student supervision responsibilities/experience and are either experienced researchers in fields addressed by the main conference or have an interest for the many and variable topics that encompass Wieners work. Panel members will review the PhD Symposium submissions prior to the event, as well as attend the Symposium sessions to provide feedback and support for the PhD candidates in a friendly environment. Panel members include:

Adjunct Professor Philip Hall (IEEE SSIT / University of Western Australia) – Symposium Co-Chair and Panel Chair

Dr Greg Adamson (IEEE SSIT Board of Governors)

Dr William Melek (NAPIFS)

Mr. Luis-Felipe Arizmendi (Board Member, Universidad Norbert Wiener, Peru)

Key Dates:

Symposium Submissions close: 1 March 2014

Symposium Acceptance Notification: 14 March 2014

Symposium Date: 23 June, 2014


Please direct all enquiries regarding the PhD Symposium to the Symposium Chair, Sophie McKenzie.

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