Escuela Técnica Superior de
Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Learning activities

Learning activities to be carried out within the PhD program are:

The following paragrphs describe in detail this training.


SEMINARS

The seminars aim to strengthen the acquisition of skills and investigative capacity of doctoral students.

Different seminars will be offered , with an average duration of 10 contact hours , along each academic year that will be taught by program faculty and researchers and practitioners from national or international prestige.

Students must complete a learning activity for at least 40 hours, ie , attend a minimum of four seminars.

Some of the seminars will be related to research generic skills ( scientific methodology , information research funding programs of research, development of scientific publications, etc. . ) And shall be furnished by the students of full-time PhD in the first year and part-time students in their first and second year. All students must take at least two of these seminars.

Additionally, a series of seminars will offer more specifics related to the research program and taught mostly by researchers and practitioners from national or international prestige. These seminars shall be furnished by the students of full-time PhD in their second and third year and part-time students in their third and fourth years. All students must take at least two of these seminars. The theme of these may shift over successive courses . At the end of paragraph 6.1 of this report can be found the list of teachers and seminars in recent years. To enable students to take such courses part-time , these seminars will be held in the afternoon.


The seminars are held in English.

With this training , the student acquires and develops the following skills:

Basic: CB11, CB12 and CB14.

Competences and personal skills: CA01 y CA05.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND CONGRESSES

The attendance of PhD. students to conferences and international congresses serves a dual purpose: on the one hand can expose their doctoral research, establish scientific and technical discussions and comments and advice of other researchers working in the same field, for Alternatively, you can attend the presentation of papers related to the research it conducts her PhD, so you can get first hand information on scientific developments in their field and can discuss with other researchers.

The educational content of this activity include:

- Literature search,
- Writing,
- Written and oral communication of scientific results,
- Debate and discussion with other researchers,
- Visual design and multimedia presentations to communicate scientific results.

With this activity, with the help of his advisor, students will improve their ability to writing scientific papers and oral presentation of results.

The average duration of such events is estimated to be 20 hours (two and a half days).

This activity will be deveopled by full-time doctoral students during their second and third years, and by part-time students during the third, fourth and fifth years. It is recommended that students write and present one or more articles, posters and presentations for publication in international scientific conferences.

It is expected that knowing the acceptance of papers in international congresses in advance will allow part-time students appropriatele manage to attend them, making it compatible with their professional activity.

The activities related to conferences and congresses are held in English.

With this training, the student acquires and develops the following skills:
Basic: CB15 and CB16.
Competences and personal skills: CA06.

SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS PAPERS WRITTING

Students must disseminate their research achievements in indexed scientific journals, which is an essential requirement (according to the rules of the Doctoral Program) to be authorized to proceed with the doctoral Thesis dissertation and defense.
The workload of writing a scientific article is estimated to be 50 hours.
This activity will be developed by full-time doctoral students during his second and third years, and by part-time students during the third, fourth and fifth years. All students must publish at least one article in a journal during the realization of his thesis.

The educational content of this activity include:

- Literature search,
- Writing and communication of scientific results,
- Structure of scientific papers,
- Debate and discussion with other researchers about the relevance of results to be reported,
- Graphic design and visual elements to present scientific results in manuscripts.

With this activity, with the help of his advisor, students will improve their ability to writing scientific papers.

The activities related to writing articles in scientific journals be conducted in English.

With this training, the student acquires and develops the following skills:
Basic: CB11, CB12 CB13, CB14 and CB15.
Competences and personal skills: CA06.

WORKSHOP

The aim of the organization of these meetings is that the students expose the progress of their research work to teachers involved in the same line of research, as well as guest researchers. This way, students will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, to know the latest developments and state of the art as well as research projects completed or in development related to their research line.

As part of the PhD in Systems and Services for the Information Society programme’s activities, an annual workshop is organized related to the programme’s research lines. Guest researchers will come mainly from foreign relevant institutions, although Spanish researchers may also be present. Presentations will be scheduled in the afternoons so that part-time students can attend more easily. All students must produce their annual PhD. research plan, and this report will be the basis of their presentation in the workshop. It is also possible to participate in similar workshops that may be organized e.g. by the UPM.

The activities related to the workshops will be developed primarily in English, although the report on the results obtained and the working plan for next year may be in Spanish.

STAYING AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH CENTERS

A fundamental aspect of the training of researchers is to expand its frontiers of knowledge through interaction with other researchers working in the same field, or complementary fields, with which to share and discuss ideas and methods in different contexts, as well as cooperation achieving larger goals. This interaction should not be limited to the research group, but it is crucial to be able to relate with researchers working in different universities, centers, institutes and research groups.

Through these you can learn the doctoral stays new methods of organizing and carrying out research activities, you can share your knowledge and supplement them with the members of the research group that will welcome , you can access media that may not have in your home center.
While this activity will be encouraged to take place in universities and research centers abroad, may also be done at other universities and national research organizations.

The UPM EUIT Telecommunication and research teams involved in the doctoral program have cooperation agreements with other universities and research centers (as detailed in Section 1 herein) that allow students the opportunity to perform this activity.

Being an activity dependent on financial allocations to realize it, is not a mandatory activity but strongly recommended. The aim of the doctoral program is that at least 50 % of students with full-time dedication to make a stay of 3 months (528 hours) at other universities or prestigious research centers, preferably foreign, minimum periods could divide of one month.

In the case of students with part-time work is seen as objective that 10% of them complete the activity.

With regard to the timing of this activity, it is expected that these rooms begin to take place once you have defined the objectives of the thesis and the research channeled (milestone may mark the first annual report).

That is why these placements are expected to take place in the second year for full-time students from the third year for students with part-time work. However, when the circumstances so warrant, these placements may anticipate with the approval of the supervisor and the CAPD.

Generally speaking the language for this activity will be English, so it is necessary to have the appropriate level, although it is possible to use other languages ??depending on the host country and the languages ??that dominate the PhD.

Among the research activities must make oral presentations and writing of scientific papers with the oversight of the center of origin and the host, so that the cross- doctoral develop these capabilities.

With this training , the student acquires and develops the following skills:
Basic: CB15 and CB16.
Competences and personal skills: CA04 and CA06.

 

COLLABORATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS

The collaboration of doctoral students in research projects national or international, framed in the scientific field of his doctoral thesis, in which there is interaction with other pairs scientists, allows the development and improvement of their competences.
In the scientific meetings of the participants in these projects, the student can expose and defend both the planning of activities and the results of the work to be developed or in development compared to researchers and experts (national and/or international) involved in the same, of those who can obtain suggestions and comments that enrich their investigations. In the same way you can attend the presentation of the work done by other researchers of the same scientific field, enriching their research training.
Also, participation in research projects represent an added value to the research activity, since the results of these projects are evaluated by committees of experts. These evaluations may be face-to-face, in which case the discussion with the expert assessors will allow the student to highlight their skills in the debate and the defense of their thesis and scientific results.

With this training , the student acquires and develops the following skills:
Basic: CB15 and CB16.
Competences and personal skills: CA04 and CA06.

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