Research methodology for information technology

Post graduate course given April-June 2016


Organiser and lecturer Prof. Gunilla Borgefors

For whom
This course is primarily intended for PhD students who started their research career recently - the second semester is the ideal time, but sooner or later works well too.

A version of this course has been obligatory for PhD students in image processing since the early 1990s and it has been embarrassingly well appreciated. Now it has been changed to suit all PhD students in Information Technology - which differs in many ways from the other subjects at TekNat, not the least in publishing habits.

The goal is to give general and useful knowledge about how to become a good and published researcher in information technology and/or various applications thereof. Much such knowledge is so obvious to us seniors that we forget to pass it on to the juniors until too late, when mistakes have been already made or chances missed.

The course consists of two parts. The first part consists of five traditional lectures on general themes. Some written material will be handed out and a some tasks should be handed in. The second part is a series of seminars held by the participants. You will read six consecutive issues of a relevant scientific journal, or proceedings of one or two occasions for a reviewed conference, and make an oral and a written report. You should give a characteristic of the general contents and quality of the journal, and study at least two articles in detail. During the oral presentation, the other participants should have read the selected articles beforehand and should ask questions. The collected written reports will become a report that should be a good guide for selecting journals for publishing (see CBA Internal Report 53). These presentations should of course be made in the spirit of the course, using tips from the lectures and will be individually evaluated.

Language English

Pre-course task Ask your supervisors which three journals and three conferences that are most relevant for your research.

Venue Room 2115, Polacksbacken, Uppsala

Literature Handouts and Scientific articles.

Examination Participation in the lectures and seminars, a few exercises, and an oral and a written report on the selected journal or proceedings.

Credits 4

Maximum number of participants 12

Deadline for applying to the course: 11 March 2016.
The course is now full!