Note to Research Students
I am a member of the Faculty of Graduate and
Postgradute Studies, which means I am qualified to supervise graduate
I ASK FROM STUDENTS (both grad. and undergrad.):
- Motivation: If you do not like your job, you
cannot be happy
- Independence: You are the person who does your
own research. As a supervisor, I am in
position to guide the direction of your research. When you have a
meeting with me, please show your efforts and propose all possible
solutions. At least show which papers you have tried to read in order
to understand the topic, the problems you have incurred and the
solutions your have sought. Never come with empty hands and ask for the
- Publications: You are expected to publish at
least one conference paper each year
from your second year and at least one journal paper for the PhD
course. Of course more papers are recommended such as 1~3 conference
papers and 1 journal paper each year.
- Implementation: You are expected to realize your
idea with a working system, which then
could be shown during public demonstrations.
- Weekly report: All of you who are
working on projects or on thesis work are
to write a report every Friday. Reports should contain the work you
have done during the week and work that will be done during the coming
week. New ideas and critics are always encouraged for discussion.
- When you read
a paper, first read abstract/introduction and imagine (i) what your
approach would be with this topic (ii) how you would implement (iii)
how you could have argue around. Then read the remaining and compare
with yours. When you read a paper, try to catch (i) what the idea is
(ii) how the authors convinced the audience (iii) problems and
limitations. Unless your idea is one of literature reviews, or very
similar to the paper, you may find new material to write a paper.
- Whatever you
work, whatever the results are, try to write a paper always even though
it might be "it didn't work" though. Writing must be a habit for you.
- Discuss with
people. While you explain your idea, you will find some missing points.
Usually people will criticize your idea and while you convince them,
you will find what the advantages and disadvantages of your idea are.
It will also help to write papers.
- You (not the
supervisor) need to be active and to be the leader for the research.
- Try to write
papers even before you decide your thesis topics. Try to implement
small ideas and submit papers to workshops/conferences. Both to get
rejected and to get accepted will help you to train yourself in many
- If you have a
good idea, you can collaborate with colleagues. 2 papers alone are more
difficult than 4 papers with another person.
- The first
author of the paper is the one who is the main writer, not the main
idea provider or main developer. Writing is very important and
sometimes more important than the actual work.
- Research is
timing! I always believe the idea is around in the air and several
people can catch it at the same time. The person who work and publish
first is the winner. If you have an idea, concentrate on working
immediately. 1 year-long light work is worse than 6 month concentrated
work and 6 month vacation.
importance of a topic fully depends on how you argue. Convincing
argument and systematic and analytic writing are extremely important.
- To defend a
thesis, previous discussion with various people will help a lot. You
will also find good ideas while you discuss with people with difference
courses you need to take during your graduate study
- There is a seminar course you need to attend at least 10 seminars
and you need to pass it to graduate. The course is offered only in Fall
and Winter (not in Summer) and you can have 10 seminars only in
consecutive semesters. It means if you take the course in Winter and
can not finish 10 seminars, you have to start again in Fall from zero.
So please take the seminar course in Fall (and in Winter if it's
required to make 10 seminars). If not, it may risk your graduation plan.
how to create a video to record your research (Thanks to Javier)
- Financial support from me:
Support is always subject to the
availability of funds, and you must realize that the grants I receive
are subject to renewal and can be cut. The people who work on projects
with fund will have higher chance to get paid. By the rule in the
University, Master student - maximum $1,150/M, PhD
student - maximum $1,300/M.
- For the new student who does the first RA contract with me needs
to provide the following items to the admin (SITE 5-105, Ext. 6501).
The first pay will be 1 month after signing the contract.
- Sin #
- Data of Birth
- Postal Code
- Phone #
- Student Visa or Permanent Resident
- Void Cheque
- Scholarship: You are encouraged to apply scholarship.
- Admission scholarship : If you are
the nomination, please inform me.
- Teaching assistantship: I don't control this. You have to apply
to the University and get it through competition.
WonSook Lee - Contact information
Professor WonSook LEE, Ph.D.
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
University of Ottawa
800 King Edward Avenue
P.O. Box 450, Stn A
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
Office: CBY A509
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2501
Fax: (613) 562-5664