Doctoral Consortium

3rd PHM Society Doctoral Consortium
Sunday September 25, 2011, Montreal, QC

The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their research interests and plans at a formative stage in their research. The students will receive structured guidance from a panel of distinguished researchers as well as comments from conference participants and fellow students in a collegial setting.

The PHM Society Doctoral Consortium will be held as a workshop on September 25, 2011, a day prior to the start of main conference. To allow sufficient time for discussions, the organizing committee will select up to 10 students. Each selected full-time student will received a travel subsidy of up to $1,500US (based on daily meal allowance, and receipts for accommodation and transportation). Complimentary conference registration will also be provided. Students presenting at the Doctoral Consortium are also invited to present a poster of their research at the conference, and their two page thesis abstract will appear in the conference proceedings. All students attending the conference are invited to attend the Doctoral Symposium even if they are not presenting their work. This year’s presentation topics are:

Investigation of Stochastic Differential Models and a Recursive Nonlinear Filtering Approach for Fusion-Prognostics
Arvind Sai Sarathi Vasan (University of Maryland, USA),

Electronic Prognostics and Health Management of Aircraft Avionics Using Digital Power Converters
Jaspreet Kaur Bhambra (Cranfield University, UK),

Unified Multiscale Model Considering Wave Effects in Composite Materials
Luke B. Borkowski (Arizona State University, USA),

Integrated Vehicle Health Management into Legacy Toolsets
Manuel Esperon-Miguez (Cranfield University, UK),

Fault Detection and Isolation in Hybrid Systems with Dynamic Bayesian Networks and Consistency Based Diagnosis
Noemi Moya (University of Valladolid, Spain),

Characterization of Matrix Micro-cracking in Composite Laminates using Built-in Piezo-electric Sensors
Cecilia Larrosa (Stanford University, USA),

Development of Data Mining based Prognostic Models for Condition Monitoring of Carbon Fibre Coupons
Kyle R. Mulligan (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada),

Distributed Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Wind Farms
Mani Entezami (University of Birmingham, UK),

Structural Health Monitoring Methodology in Aircraft Structures
Mahdi Saffari (Concordia University, Canada),

An Intelligent System for Diagnosis of Fault Types and Fault Degrees: with Applications to Planetary Gearboxes and Pumps
Xiaomin Zhao (University of Alberta, Canada),

The presentations can be accessed here.

Requirements to participate:

  1. A two page abstract of your thesis with a concise statement of the problem addressed, the expected contributions, and the proposed plan including the work already performed (see the 2009 abstracts as examples). Your abstract needs to follow the conference paper submission template (Word or LaTeX).
  2. A CV with educational, employment and other experience to underscore the expected contributions of the student to the event. The CV must also clearly indicate the beginning and expected graduation dates and the contact information for your supervisor(s).
  3. A one page statement of why this opportunity is important to you and how you will contribute to the process.
  4. A brief support letter or email from your supervisor – may be emailed directly to the co-chairs.

Although preference was given to doctoral students, the committee also invited applications from master's students. We accepted submissions on any topic relevant to the conference. The evaluation was based on the quality and completeness of the submission package, stage of research (preferably at the early stage of the research so that constructive feedback from the panel can be incorporated into the thesis), and on the perceived research potential of the candidate.

Please note the following:

  • Students who participated in last year's Doctoral Consortium are not eligible to participate again this year.
  • Travel reimbursement and free registration is only available to full-time students. Part-time graduate students who are employed in the industry are welcome to participate, but they will not be eligible for travel reimbursement and free registration.

PHM Society Doctoral Consortium Chairs:
Nils Propes (Global Technology Connection, Inc.) contact
Craig Davison (NRC Canada) contact


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