Supervising, mentoring, guiding?

Supervising PhDs

The PhD is owned by the candidates, not the supervisor. It is therefore important in my opinion that they are given the opportunity to (re)formulate at each stage of progress what their PhD will be about. Of paramount importance is the candidates satisfaction with, enjoyment of, and motivation by their PhD and their work in doing so.

The key is engagement and regular and frank discussions, as well as an up-to-date knowledge of the area of research.

3 Rules (with flexibility)

  1. Absolutely no Pocrastinating: Avoid endless wanderings and investigations, by starting with the definition of a field and conducting a review, to highlight an area of focus for the PhD. Set up a detailed working plan for the next 6 months and an overview of workload for the next year & 2 years.
  2. Demonstrate working prototypes: Yearly milestones are set for the demonstration of prototypes that implement some the key ideas of the PhD or address some important point(s).
  3. Publish in TOP journals: The PhD phases include the following publications: (1) A review of the field, (2)1st prototype experiements and evaluation with the formulation of a first theory, idem for (3) 2nd and maybe (4) 3rd, (5) A final paper that describes the theory developed during the PhD. Staple the five papers together, add an introduction and a conclusion and here's the thesis!

Current PhDs


Jorge ALVES LINO: Responsive Environments.

Simon SCOTT-HARDEN: Active Forms.