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  • Ph.D. Advice on "Managing Your Advisor" (from greatresearch.org) | acm sigcomm
    the point below on making meetings count Scheduling meetings sometimes can generate an explosion of email this is a recipe for disaster and ensuring that you never get to meet your advisor see below on email if scheduling is proceeding slowly limit the email thread to 1 2 emails before suggesting a meeting invitation by Google calendar If all else fails send a meeting invitation during an open slot in the worst case your advisor will react by moving it to a time that works it is on the calendar and thus can no longer be deferred indefinitely Try to meet your advisor once a week even if you think you have nothing to talk about Make an effort to schedule a meeting once a week even if the meeting is short in my experience I have found that sometimes even a ten minute meeting with a student can make a huge difference for working around a mental block or changing an approach to a problem Do not assume that a meeting cannot happen simply because your advisor is not in town Short meetings by Google hangout are often very handy In fact throughout the summer of 2013 I was rarely at Georgia Tech many of my students actually found it easier to meet me when I was traveling because I wasn t being constantly bombarded by things related to the daily drumbeat at the university e g committee meetings interruptions from admins teaching etc Consider having a meeting even if you think there s nothing to report You may find you are stuck in a rathole and you may not even realize it You should be particularly worried if you have spent 2 3 weeks debugging or on some implementation without getting any feedback Chances are you are ratholing on something that probably isn t getting you any closer to a publication Seek help immediately Attend every single group meeting Do not miss group meetings These are one of the most important structural elements of your graduate career that actually relates to your research Group meetings are important for several reasons 1 You learn about what others in the group are doing which may be a useful resource or you may find out you can be a resource to someone else This all helps with collaborating across the group 2 You find out what your advisor has been up to and why he or she has not been replying to your emails immediately 3 You can quickly identify if you need to have a longer meeting with your advisor with other students in the group etc This can be a huge timesaver 4 Group meetings mark the passage of time It is useful to hold yourself accountable and make sure that weeks and months don t slip away without progress I have group meetings with my students three times a week initially I thought that this might be excessive but it turns out to work pretty well Three short group meetings can often be a lot better than one extended group meeting I will expand on this more in a later post If you need more of your advisor s time ask for it Students are often confused or concerned that an advisor spends more time with some students than with others and may even wrongly think that the advisor is either less excited about a particular project or worse doesn t like some students as much as others I remember comparing notes with my fellow Ph D students in grad school about how much time our advisor was spending with each of us Yet it is important to remember that good advisors don t play favorites The time that an advisor spends with a student or on a project is typically determined by the advisor s perception of how much time is needed the required time can vary dramatically according to both the stage of the project and the stage of the student s development Students who are early in their careers typically need and should be asking for a lot of guidance and closed loop feedback Students who are close to graduating also tend to need more attention of a different sort help with building their professional network seeking out job prospects practicing job talks and generally landing on their feet Similarly nascent research projects or projects with substantial coordination components e g large systems building efforts often need a lot of advisor attention since they have lots of moving parts and can involve coordination between multiple sub projects and students Do not be overly concerned about strict time accounting If you feel you need more time simply ask for it or better yet just try to take more time walk into your advisor s office approach him or her on IM send regular email updates whatever it takes Advisors tend to spend more time with students who demand more of their time Keep your emails short and to the point Here is a simple rule of thumb If the email is longer than one paragraph it probably won t get read right away particularly if there is no summary at the beginning of it It almost certainly won t get an immediate response Additionally consider whether email is the fastest way to resolve something or whether it s quicker to have a 5 10 minute meeting hangout IM chat phone call or whatever Use the right communication mode for the job Do not assume that if your email doesn t get a reply it hasn t been read I read everything in my inbox almost always on the same day that it arrives Unfortunately I also receive 300 500 emails per day in my inbox not mailing lists many of which are actionable Suppose that half of those emails required action and that each one required one minute to process and respond to that s already six or seven hours a day just to process email

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/content/managing-your-advisor-greatresearchorg?destination=node%2F3426 (2016-04-25)
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  • obonaventure's blog | acm sigcomm
    Computing Curriculum for Computing Science The previous edition was released in 2001 with an update in 2008 Read more Comments What are the mandatory networking concepts 2 October 2010 12 06pm obonaventure Some time ago a colleague mentioned that some universities did not offer any networking course to their students and that the networking concepts were taught inside other courses such as programming systems courses Assuming that a student will be exposed to only five hours of networking concepts what are the mandatory concepts that he should understand Login to post comments Read more Comments Education mailing list 1 September 2010 2 34pm obonaventure The SIGCOMM Education mailing list has been created to allow all people interested in networking education to exchange information The list is hosted on ACM s servers and you can subscribe to the list through the following web interface http listserv acm org scripts wa exe A0 sigcomm edu dir Login to post comments Comments SIGCOMM s education blog 25 August 2010 5 38pm obonaventure The objective of SIGCOMM s education blog is to post short documents or initiate discussions about educational issues in the broad networking area We hope to regularly post content that is

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/blogs/obonaventure (2016-04-25)
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  • Key networking concepts for the ACM/IEEE Computing Curriculum | acm sigcomm
    Key networking concepts for the ACM IEEE Computing Curriculum 23 August 2011 3 38pm obonaventure ACM and IEEE have joined again their forces to create a reference Computing Curriculum for Computing Science The previous edition was released in 2001 with an update in 2008 CS2008 Curriculum Update CC 2001 Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Science The 2013 edition is currently being developed and SIGCOMM will provide input

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/content/key-networking-concepts-acmieee-computing-curriculum?destination=node%2F2943 (2016-04-25)
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  • SIGCOMM Award Nominations Due March 31st | acm sigcomm
    User login Username Password Request new password Home Blogs s blog SIGCOMM Award Nominations Due March 31st 15 February 2011 12 20pm Anonymous Nominations for the annual SIGCOMM Award are due on March 31st to Ramesh Govindan ramesh usc edu

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/node/510?destination=node%2F510 (2016-04-25)
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  • What are the mandatory networking concepts ? | acm sigcomm
    hours of networking concepts what are the mandatory concepts that he should understand a first option would be to consider that the ability to develop a small networked application is the main concept and networking could be introduced by starting from the socket layer and use it to explain the transport layer services as well as DNS and perhaps write a small application such as a basic HTTP or email

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/node/452?destination=node%2F452 (2016-04-25)
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  • Education mailing list | acm sigcomm
    by ACMSIGCOMM User login Username Password Request new password Home Blogs obonaventure s blog Education mailing list 1 September 2010 2 34pm obonaventure The SIGCOMM Education mailing list has been created to allow all people interested in networking education to exchange information The list is hosted on ACM s servers and you can subscribe to the list through the following web interface http listserv acm org scripts wa exe A0

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/node/442?destination=node%2F442 (2016-04-25)
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  • SIGCOMM's education blog | acm sigcomm
    in the educational activities and how SIGCOMM could help Several interesting suggestions were received including provide a repository where educators can exchange slides homeworks exam questions labs software book references reading lists survey about the most suitable networking textbooks recommendations on the list of topics that a networking course should cover package conference tutorials so that they can be easily reused more venues for graduate students to participate in conferences

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/node/341?destination=node%2F341 (2016-04-25)
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  • Upcoming Conferences | acm sigcomm
    Dates 16 July 2016 Sponsored by SIGCOMM ACM SIGCOMM 2016 Salvador Brazil http conferences sigcomm org sigcomm 2016 Dates 22 August 2016 26 August 2016 Sponsored by SIGCOMM 28th International Teletraffic Congress ITC 28 Würzburg Germany http itc28 org en call for papers html Abstract Registration Deadline 11 March 2016 Paper Submission Deadline 18 March 2016 Dates 12 September 2016 16 September 2016 In cooperation with SIGCOMM ACM Internet Measurement

    Original URL path: http://sigcomm.org/conferences (2016-04-25)
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