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Research Update

The last month I’ve spent working hard on my summer project, which is the last hurdle on my way to the “official” research part of my PhD Programme. Now, I finally had some time to tend to my website again and realised that I could do a much better job describing my research, which I have done now. I have also finally managed to fully resolve my supervisory team, which is made up of a whopping three people from engineering, mathematics and medicine. I feel truly interdisciplinary.

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A Workflow for Reproducible Research

All research should be reproducible. This fact gets engraved into the brains of all potential researchers and that is for a very good reason. Reproducible research means it can be tested or improved by people in a different lab maybe at the other end of the world and it can also reveal mistakes that have been carried out during the research, which may have changed the results of the study altogether. I’d like to say that with peer reviews there is, in theory, a very efficient mechanism in place to ensure all published research is reproducible. On the other hand though, as the Retraction Watch blog shows us time and time again, it doesn’t always work and there are some bogus papers out there (and some researchers seem to be running some sort of a retraction leaderboard). (more…)

One Hour on Procrastination

Procrastination – we all do it (admittedly or not admittedly) and we presumably all hate that we’re doing it. I’m doing it right now. Tuesday evening we Southamptoners were lucky enough to enjoy a talk by Jorge Cham, the creative mind of PhD comics. His presentation was called “The Power of Procrastination” and like the comics just hits the nail on its head. Very often I find myself thinking or saying to someone “Oh my god, I could be and should be doing work right now and I won’t even have any time to sleep anymore” and find myself browsing the internet five minutes later. But Jorge’s talk gave me a new viewpoint on the whole topic and can probably help keeping many PhD students sane. (more…)

Research Update

My Research page still claimed that I am quite indecisive for what I want to do with that PhD position of mine. That has actually been untrue since January, because then I had finally decided that I will leave bioinformatics behind me and engage in more physical fluid dynamics simulations for medical research and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in particular. I am still quite unsure of what “field” that now leaves me with. Medical physics Simulation? With a big question mark attached to this I think I can deservedly claim to be in complex systems simulation.

Because I have trouble naming my research in less than 10 words I have finally got round to updating my research page. That also means that it is getting serious now. Soon I will have finished the first taught year in the DTC and in the remaining three years after that I will hopefully manage to answer at least a few of the many unresolved questions surrounding AD resulting in a doctorate degree.

20 Fully Funded 4-Year PhD Studentships starting October ’13

The ICSS PhD DTC is currently looking for the 5th cohort of Complex Systems Simulation students.

Benefits include:

  • 16,500 £ p.a. tax free
  • laptop in the 1st year
  • high-spec desktop computer in the 2nd year
  • travel money for conferences, etc.
  • 1st year taught component & finding your own PhD project
  • opportunity to try out different research areas without “wasting” actual research time
  • DTC has its own social space
  • work in a broad multidisciplinary environment

I am very happy to be part of this programme and would definitely recommend it to everyone.