Ph.D. Forum

IPSN 2020 will also host a Ph.D. forum on networked sensing and control. The forum will offer:

  • a constructive environment for doctoral students to discuss their ongoing work towards the Ph.D. with a panel of experienced researchers in the field;
  • an opportunity for the participants to initiate a personal network with both other Ph.D. students and leading research experts, outside of the own group.

The forum will be structured as a series of short presentations by the students, followed by individual discussions and feedback. The panelists will also offer their experience and advice on how to carry out a successful Ph.D. and start a career as a researcher. In addition, the participants are also expected to present a poster during the main conference in order to increase the visibility of their ongoing work and gather further feedback from CPS-IoT WEEK attendees.

Students in the middle stages of their Ph.D. (no less than six months after starting, and no less than six months before finishing) are encouraged to submit a 2-page extended abstract about their research. While the Ph.D. forum is primarily a venue to present ongoing rather than completed work, in this abstract, the Ph.D. thesis statement should be clearly identified including the problem addressed, the contribution expected to the field, the methodology chosen, the results achieved so far, and the work planned ahead. The abstract shall also include a short paragraph with information on how long she has been in the Ph.D. program, the expected timeline towards graduation, and the name of the supervisor(s). The student should be the sole author, although contributions of others (e.g., the advisor) should be acknowledged.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Ph.D. forum committee to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance to the forum. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person to the forum. The best presentation will be recognized through an award. There will be no separate registration fee for the forum, that is, a student registration will be sufficient to participate in both the Ph.D. forum and the main conference. Accepted submissions will be published as part of the main conference proceedings on the IEEE Xplore Library.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Ph.D. forum chairs Sara Khalifa (sara.khalifa AT or Marco Zimmerling (marco.zimmerling AT

Submission Guidelines

The scope of the submissions is the same as that listed in the IPSN Call for Papers. Submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, adhere to the IPSN formatting guidelines, and contain no more than two pages including figures, tables, and references. Submissions must include the student’s name, affiliation, and email address on the first page.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 29 January 2020 11:59pm AoE
Acceptance Notification: 7 February 2020
Camera-Ready Deadline: 21 February 2020


Extended abstracts can be submitted through this link.


Chairs: Marco Zimmerling (TU Dresden, Germany)
Sara Khalifa (CSIRO, Australia)
Panel: Chenren Xu (Peking University, China)
Dinusha Vatsalan (CSIRO, Australia)
Jeremy Gummeson (UMASS, USA)
Koen Langendoen (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

Ph.D. Forum Program (Tentative)

In addition to presentations by the PhD forum participants, the program will include a 2-hour workshop on time and self management as well as a session where the panelists and PhD forum co-chairs will share they experience in the form of short presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Location: To be decided
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
Session 1
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening
08:40 - 09:00 Towards Deep Learning in Signal Translation for Cross Configuration device-free WiFi Sensing
Isura Nirmal (UNSW, Australia)
09:00 - 09:20 Activity Classification at the Edge
Seyedehfaezeh Hosseininoorbin (UQ and DATA61|CSIRO,Australia)
09:20 - 09:40 Understanding Deep Model Compression for IoT Devices
Rahim Entezari (TU Graz, Austria)
09:40 - 10:00 Energy Harvesting based Sensing for the Batteryless IoT
Muhammad Moid Sandhu (UQ and DATA61|CSIRO, Australia)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2
10:30 - 10:50 Scheduling Tasks on Intermittently Powered Systems
Bashima Islam (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
10:50 - 11:10 Low-Power Wide-Area Networks: Connect, Sense and Secure
Akshay Gadre (Carnegie Mellon University)
11:10 - 11:30 Key Generation Scheme for LPWAN IoT Devices
Jiayao Gao (UNSW, Australia)
11:30 - 11:50 Transforming Construction Processes Using Internet of Things and Blockchain
Ambrose Hill (UNSW and DATA61|CSIRO, Australia)
11:50 - 12:10 Dynamic Inference on IoT Network Traffic using Programmable Telemetry and Machine Learning
Arman Pashamokhtari (UNSW, Australia)
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 3
13:30 - 15:30 Workshop on Time Management and Resilience Strategies
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
Session 4
16:00 - 17:00 Panel Discussion
Sara Khalifa (CSRIO, Australia)
Panelists: Koen Langendoen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
                 Dinusha Vatsalan (CSIRO, Australia)
                 Chenren Xu (Peking University, China)
                 Marco Zimmerling (TU Dresden, Germany)
17:00 - 17:15 Closing