Ph.D. Forum

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.


The PhD forum will run as a live virtual event on Tuesday, May 18th. Detailed information can be found in the program.


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)

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