PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems
I received expert guidance and support for: my research topics, research strategies and methodology, writing for publications, and oral and poster presentations.
In 2007 I started my PhD research in knowledge representation and modelling in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck under the supervision of Professor George D. Magoulas and Professor Alex Poulovassilis, based at the London Knowledge Lab. Currently I am in the writing-up stage.
I have had numerous opportunities for professional and personal development. Among others, I received expert guidance and support for: my research topics, research strategies and methodology, writing for publications, and oral and poster presentations. As a student at Birkbeck I had access to free skill training related to postgraduate research, as well as more general skills such as effective negotiation and time management.
My research is related to the MiGen Project, an interdisciplinary project involving computer scientists and educationalists. This has allowed me to pursue my research interests, but also to be part of and have the support of a broader team. Being part of a project exposed me to issues like challenges of interdisciplinary research, project management, planning, periodical assessment of progress, estimation of work and time involved for certain tasks, reviewing objectives and plans, and chairing meetings efficiently. Some are specific to the academic world, but many are likely to be encountered in most jobs, and, therefore, I believe that prior exposure to them is beneficial and that it will be very useful in my future job.