Ayaz Isazadeh
My Future Ph.D. Students

Are you planning to do your Ph.D. program of study under my supervision?

  If so, here is the steps you need to take:

  1. Read my Research Guidelines and make sure that you like my style and would enjoy working with me :)
  2. Then, you have to get admitted to a university as a Ph.D. student; doesn't matter which university and where, could be anywhere in the world, as long as I accept it as a reputable university and the university accepts me as your supervisor.  If you are already a Ph.D. student, then proceed with the next step.  Otherwise, work on your admission.  You are welcome to consider my home institution, where I accept Ph.D. students in 3 graduate programs:  (1) Department of Computer Science, (2) Department of Applied Mathematics, and  (3) Aras International Campus (پردیس بین‌المللی ارس) of University of Tabriz.  For further information on the admission process, contact the Graduate Admissions Office (مدیریت تحصیلات تکمیلی) of University of Tabriz.
  3. I expect strong Logic (Modal and Temporal Logic), Automata Theory, Software Engineering and Formal Methods. I also expect Ph.D. students to be focused and have specific objectives and plans.  Your preparation and strength, in this regard, would increase your chance of acceptance.  Once accepted, start your course work, strengthening yourself in the areas mentioned above, by choosing a suitable combination of courses.  Try to organize your course papers as Mini Survey Papers, according to EnSuPaper.zip, and have them submitted to some reputable conferences.
  4. By the time you complete your course work, you should have at least two papers, submitted to some reputable conferences.
  5. By now, you should have identified your area of interest, on which you have a general knowledge.  Do a critical review on this area, identify weaknesses and problems, and organize it as a Survey Paper according to EnSuPaper.zip. This work should lead you to some topics of research. Once I am satisfied with your Survey Paper, submit it to a reputable conference and start working on the next item.
  6. Pick your topic of research from item 5, collaborate, expand, and organize it as Section 3 of a research paper, whose of Section 2 is basically the survey paper of item 5. and the overall paper is organized according to EnRePaper.zip. Submit this paper to a reputable journal, and while waiting for the journal's decision, prepare it as your Ph.D. Proposal, present, and defend.
  7. Do your research and organize it as a research paper according to EnRePaper.zip. Your work on papers of this type goes on until you have at least two papers, submitted to some reputable journals.
  8. Once you have at least two journal submissions, and while you are waiting for their acceptance, start organizing your Ph.D. Thesis according to PhDThesis.zip.. Basically, your review work of item 3 and 5 would make up Chapter 2 and your research papers of item 7 goes to chapter 3 of your thesis.
  9. Combine all your work in one extended paper and submit to yet another reputable journal. You may then prepare for your defense; you don't have to wait for the acceptance of your submissions.
  10. Finally, you need to read and accept the Principles of CS Culture and the statement of Agreement.

    As a final note, I would like to emphasize that I consider your submissions and papers as an important part of your Ph.D. work, for presenting your ideas and your work to a larger audience and giving you the opportunity to collaborate with others worldwide. I should also clarify that the acceptance of your papers is not considered as a prerequisite for your defense and graduation. Obviously, however, the comments you may get on your papers, accepted or not, should be helpful for your work.

Do you still want to do your Ph.D. Thesis under my supervision?

If so, welcome aboard; get a print of the Agreement, fill it up, sign, and call me.

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Ayaz Isazadeh
Saturday, March 26, 2011 01:52:43 AM