Ph.D. Forum

Announcement: IPSN 2021 will be virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed unprecedented changes in our lives. After much consideration, we have taken the decision to organize IPSN 2021 in an entirely virtual format. Please, stay tuned for details.

IPSN 2021 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.

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.


Co-Chairs: Anna Förster (University of Bremen, Germany)
Ramona Marfievici (Digital Catapult, UK)
Panel: Maria Gorlatova (Duke University, USA)
Amy Murphy (Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy)
Pat Pannuto (University of California San Diego, USA)
Marco Zimmerling (TU Dresden, Germany)

Submission Guidelines

The scope of the submissions is the same as that listed in the IPSN 2021 Call for Papers. Submissions will be reviewed by the Ph.D. forum committee to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance to the forum. Accepted submissions will be published as part of the main conference proceedings. Submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, adhere to the IPSN formatting guidelines, following the ACM master article template, and contain no more than 2 pages including figures, tables, and references. Submissions must include the student’s name, affiliation, and email address on the first page. Extended abstract can be submitted at:

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 17 March 2021 11:59pm AoE
Acceptance Notification: 20 March 2021 11:59pm AoE
Camera-Ready Deadline: 27 March 2021 11:59pm AoE

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Ph.D. forum co-chairs:

Anna Forster (anna.foerster AT
Ramona Marfievici (ramona.marfievici AT