Confessions of a researchaholic

July 17, 2013

Advices on advising

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:51 pm
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I stumbled upon these advices on advising by David Patterson (here) and Jeff Ullman (here) today. I found both insanely useful, especially after having a few years of advising experiences. The advices differ in the way that Patterson is mainly on systems and Ullman mainly on theory. But they also share similarities such as the importance of identifying problems and collaborative work.
(I would really love to hear from someone in graphics and HCI, fields with more emphasis on human side applications. I am thinking about asking my former school advisers/professors to write such articles.)

I reflected upon my (unusual) style of individual work and asynchronous communication. This has been quite effective so far, but I never stop thinking it could go wrong, at least for some students. So what I did is to make sure there is always at least one co-adviser who can help with the normal human side of needs, like in person meetings and emotional support.
Exposure to industry labs or even startups, fortunately, should be the benefit of working with me, given where I came from and whom I know.

I encourage all my past, current, and future students to read these articles, and let me know if you have any comments.

1 Comment »

  1. Professor, what if you have learnt so many advice and they turn back confusing you? Sometimes you got to know that you need to stay focused, sometime you learnt that you need to be patient. So many advice. How can you handle that? Thanks!

    Comment by Jiaqi — August 22, 2013 @ 12:00 am | Reply

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