New Faculty and Researcher Symposium

From 22nd May all Indian faculty and PhD students (who are nearing completion of their dissertation) can register FREE of cost for this event.
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New Faculty and Researcher Symposium (NFRS 2014)

Date and time: June 3rd, 2014, 9:00 - 17:00

This symposium aims to bring senior year PhD students, young assistant professors and industry lab researchers together to share their experience and to learn from established academic and research leaders. While this symposium series has traditionally catered to the concerns of junior faculty members, this year we plan to expand the scope to include new researchers at industry labs.

Becoming a new assistant professor at a university or a researcher at an industrial research lab is a challenge accepted with enthusiasm, energy, and trepidation. This first position is a signal of accomplishment and the culmination of years of dedicated effort, but it also marks the start of another round of hard work characterized by challenges that are new and often unfamiliar: how to establish an independent research program; learning how to be a mentor and be mentored; balancing career and personal life; collaborating with colleagues inside and outside your institution; learning how to teach a large class of students or give an intensive training course for a group of engineers; how to balance long-term research with business impact at industry labs; and managing career moves between universities and industry research labs.

The New Faculty and Researcher Symposium (NFS) focuses on helping new software engineering faculty members and researchers feel more comfortable and confident in dealing with these many challenges. NFS features advice and guidance from leading software engineering faculty and researchers based upon their personal experiences and insights into the contemporary community. Ample time for informal and small group interactions allows the attendees to dig deeper into pertinent questions and concerns.
The symposium will present viewpoints from successful academics, industrial researchers, including some who have been in both kinds of roles. We will also include a discussion inviting junior researchers on their “on the job” experiences.

Program Schedule

9:15 am - 10:00 am David Rosenblum, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
"Career Management" (Slides)
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am Group Activity
11:00 am - 11:45 am Sriram Rajamani, Microsoft Research, India.
"Getting started in an industrial research lab - a personal perspective" (Slides)
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Jim Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
"How to fund your research?" (Slides)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Joanne Atlee, University of Waterloo, Canada.
"Recruiting and mentoring students" (Slides)
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Junior faculty/researchers presentations
(Christian Bird, Emerson Murphy-Hill, Yuriy Brun, Jun Sun and Aditya Kanade)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Break
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Andreas Zeller, Saarland University, Germany.
"What makes useful research?" (Slides link) (Video link)
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Discussion and Wrap up


Jin Song Dong, National University of Singapore
Satish Chandra, Samsung Electronics