The Doctoral Colloquium (DC) of SenSys' 15 is to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive environment where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Applicants should be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Applicants should not be planning to submit their PhD thesis or dissertation for at least four months after the DC, so that any advice or input may still be incorporated into the doctoral work.
The DC will be a seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by round table discussion. Time will be allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and DC participants.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

8:00 - 8:45
Registration Open; Coffee available
8:45 - 9:00
DC Welcome
9:00 - 10:00
DC Keynote

How doing a phd is like running a marathon -- A finisher's perspective

Polly Huang -- Professor, National Taiwan University

Forrest Gump's mom said, "life is like a box of chocolate. You'll never know what you'll gonna get." Polly thought doing a phd is like running a marathon. Well, ultra marathon, some would say. To complete a marathon, a runner would follow a training program, select a course matching his/her strength, and pace his/her way through the 26.2 miles. In the process of pursuing a PhD, a student would pick a PhD program, select a puzzle to solve, and work his/her way putting the puzzle together. Noting the similarity, Polly would like to borrow and share the tips in marathon training that'll prevent DNF. DNF, short for Did Not Finish, is the term used to describe in marathon events whereby the participant is unable to complete the race, and is the most unfortunate of all the outcomes. DNF would be just as unfortunate, if not more, for the pursuit of PhD.
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00
Student Presentations 1
  • Sophisticated Sensing on Transient Power
    Josiah Hester (Clemson University)

  • Secure and ef´Čücient management architecture for the Internet of Things
    Jun young Kim (UNSW Australia)

  • Tackling Self Interference, Cross-Technology Interference and Channel Fading in Wireless Sensor Networks
    Mobashir Mohammad (National University of Singapore)
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:00
Student Presentations 2
  • Non Intrusive Load Monitoring: Systems, Metrics and Use Cases
    Nipun Batra (IIIT Delhi)

  • Mobile applications based on smart wearable devices
    Weitao Xu (University of Queensland)
2:00 - 2:15
DC Close


Topic scope is the same as that listed in the SenSys call for papers. DC submissions should consist of a single PDF document using the SenSys paper template.
  • The document should contain the following:

    • [1] Research summary (3 pages) describing the work in progress and including a 100-word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research summary might be: the expected contribution to the field of sensor networking; the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach; research carried out and results so far.

    • [2] Student biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), and expected date of dissertation submission.
  • The submission site can be found here:

    Research summaries will be reviewed by the chairs and panel members. If the work is accepted, a student may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to the research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Note that the research summaries (limited to 2-pages at camera-ready time) will be formally published as part of the SenSys proceedings and archived in the ACM digital library.

    A prize for best student presentation will be awarded by the panel.

    Important Dates (all at 11:59pm AOE)

    Submission Deadline: September 7th, 2015
    Notification of Acceptance: September 9th, 2015
    Camera-Ready: September 14th, 2015
    Colloquium: November 1st, 2015


    Doctoral Colloquium Panelists
    Wen Hu (University of New South Wales)
    Polly Huang (National Taiwan University)
    Fred Jiang (Columbia University)

    Doctoral Colloquium Chairs
    Nic Lane (Bell Labs, UK)
    Taiwoo Park (Michigan State University, USA)