FAIRS'17 is intended to allow PhD and MRes/MPhil students working on AI related projects to discuss their research and issues around doing a PhD with senior scholars in the field and with other Forum attendees. The forum is aimed at those who have either completed a Master's degree in an AI field and who are interested in progressing to a PhD, or are current doctoral or research Masters students. It will give students the opportunity to receive feedback in addition to the supervisory arrangements at their own institution. Students will be expected to contribute to small workshop discussions on issues related to the conduct of the PhD.
The programme will begin at 10.30 a.m. to reduce the need for attendees
to stay in Cambridge on Sunday night. (If modestly priced accommodation
is required, Cambridge Youth Hostel (see www.yha.org.uk) has shared
bedrooms from around £20.00 a night - please make your own
reservation and payment arrangements). Registration for the Forum
will open at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, but participants who cannot arrive
before the 11.00 a.m. start are encouraged to come straight to the
The programme for the Forum will include a number of structured sessions. After the welcome messages there will be a short workshop session to set the tone of the day, followed by a presentation and discussion of "Getting a PhD - Doing Good Research", led by experts in the AI field with extensive experience of supporting and examining PhD students. During the lunch break students are encouraged to discuss their research with other Forum attendees. The first afternoon session (14:00-14:45) will see the participants split into working groups depending on the stage of their PhD, for discussion of issues, problems, suggestions, etc. Each group will be facilitated by an academic with experience of PhDs, and everyone is expected to get involved. This is followed by a two panel sessions (15:00-15:45 and 15:45-16:30) allowing participants to put their questions about PhD research and careers to a panel of academics, recent PhD students, and industrial representatives.
At the mid-afternoon and end-of-afternoon coffee breaks, students are again encouraged discuss their research with other attendees, and for an important opportunity for networking within the AI community.
The evening session (from 17:00) is a lighthearted (but useful!) session on how to Survive Your Viva. This session and the Forum as a whole will close at 18:15.
Students attending the Forum are of course invited to participate
in the main AI-2017 conference (i.e. December 12th-14th 2017). A
discounted Student Rate is available for student delegates at the
conference. The Forum will be a stand-alone programme which will
take place the day before the conference. Full details are at www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2017.