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geo2020_intro_2018-09-06.pdf

Hugo Ledoux
August 29, 2018
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 geo2020_intro_2018-09-06.pdf

Hugo Ledoux

August 29, 2018
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  1. Introduction to the MSc Geomatics Graduation thesis
    (GEO2010 + GEO2020)
    Hugo Ledoux (coordinator)
    Academic year 2018-2019
    (2018-09-06)

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  2. Hugo Ledoux
    associate-prof in the 3D geoinformation group
    [email protected]
    015 27 86114
    https://3d.bk.tudelft.nl/hledoux
    Room BG.West.010 at BK-City

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  3. Agenda
    1. All information is on the website
    2.What is an MSc thesis?
    3.The graduation manual (the rules)
    4.The milestones (the Ps)
    5.Some research tips
    6.How to pick a topic?
    7.Presentations of potential topics by staff
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  4. https://3d.bk.tudelft.nl/courses/geo2020
    Brightspace is not used

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    send emails

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  6. 2. What is an MSc thesis?

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  7. Slides (slightly modified) from Matt Might, The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D., http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/

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  8. Ph.D.
    Your (ambitious) MSc
    result / contribution

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    or also possible:
    2 different fields

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  10. Your MSc contribution:
    “linking” 2 different
    domains

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  11. Ph.D.
    Your MSc
    result / contribution

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  12. Your main deliverable: a scientific thesis
    • The thesis is the main deliverable that will be judged for
    your final mark.
    ‣ scientific character
    ‣ should document your results and the engineering
    decisions you took to achieve your main result
    • These aspects are also evaluated:
    ‣ whether you worked independently or not
    ‣ how you carried out the research project
    ‣ how complex is your topic
    ‣ your main contribution to the state-of-the-art of your
    area of research.
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  13. Your main deliverable: a scientific thesis
    • Software products or prototypes that you developed may
    only be used to prove that your methodology or theory
    works. These are not the main goal of the project.
    • Even if you have produced great code that runs faster
    and smoother than that of your colleague, she might get
    a higher mark if she produces a better thesis.
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  14. There’s a grading scheme (rubric) for the thesis
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  15. There’s a grading scheme (rubric) for the thesis
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    It’s available online

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  16. 3. The graduation manual

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    All the rules are in it, thus read it!

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    All the rules are in it, thus read it!
    TWICE!

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  19. Little known fact:
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    Your mentors don’t know the rules.
    It’s your responsibility to know them.

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  20. 4. The milestones (the Ps)

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  21. Milestones (the Ps)
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  22. GEO2010 + GEO2020
    • GEO2010 is for the preparation work and up to the P2
    (including it). If you pass P2, you pass GEO2010 (and get
    the 15 ECTS). There is no grade attached to it, it’s either a
    pass or a fail (a retake is possible though).
    • GEO2020 is for the rest of the graduation trajectory; you
    get a grade at the end of P5 (and the remaining 30 ECTS).
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  23. Admission
    (from graduation manual):
    1.1 Admission
    Students may only embark on the graduation work if they have
    participated in all common core courses and have completed
    them or at least 50 EC of them.
    Students will only be admitted to the P2 if they have completed
    all core courses (first MSc year) with a maximum of 5 EC
    unfinished. Students must meet these admission requirements
    no later than the final registration date of the P2 registrations.
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  24. Admission (2)
    (from graduation manual):
    For final period (P4)
    Student has obtained all educational components.
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    P1 P2
    P4 P5
    P3 == your choice

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  26. P1: 5min presentation of draft graduation plan
    • Introduce your topics to everyone in 5min
    • and only 5 slides are possible (there’s a PPT template on website):
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  27. P1: 5min presentation of draft graduation plan
    • You should know what you will do, but you haven’t done the work yet
    • You should be aware of previous work in the area
    • You should have a (draft) research question; this will perhaps change
    for P2 slightly though, it’s normal.
    • Your methodology is not defined yet, but you have an idea
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  28. P2: final graduation plan + 15min presentation
    • 10-15 pages
    • we offer as a template a good one from a previous year
    • Structure:
    • an introduction in which the relevance of the project and its place in the context
    of geomatics is described, along with a clearly-defined problem statement;
    • a related work section in which the relevant literature is presented and linked to
    the project;
    • the research questions are clearly defined, along with the scope (ie what you will
    not be doing);
    • overview of the methodology to be used;
    • time planning—having a Gantt chart is probably a better idea then just a list;
    • since specific data and tools have to be used, it’s good to present these
    concretely, so that the mentors know that you have a grasp of all aspects of the
    project;
    • references
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  29. Milestones (the Ps)
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  30. 5. Some research tips

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  31. Read many scientific papers and theses
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  32. Read this document about writing
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  33. Use LaTeX (and not Word)
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  34. there’s a full thesis LaTeX template available
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  35. Other ones?
    • Use a reference manager (eg Endnote, JabRef, Mendeley)
    • Start writing early in the process (it takes more than 2
    weeks to write 75 pages…)
    • Use vector figures/plots (Windows Paint, Adobe Illustrator)
    • Report on the good and the bad aspects of your method
    • Eat vegetables every day, and sport
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  36. 6. How to pick a topic?

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  37. How do I pick a topic?
    1. you like one MSc Geomatics staff and like her/his area of
    research? Contact directly that person to discuss a topic.
    • most of us have a personal website
    • look at the research interests, publications, theses
    supervised, etc
    2.have a look at the potential topics offered and contact
    directly the person(s) listed.
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  38. When you have settled on a topic and supervisors:
    (this has to be done maximum one week before P1)

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  39. You need 2 mentors/supervisors
    • 1st Mentor: daily supervisor (anyone involved in MSc
    Geomatics, including PhD students)
    • 2nd Mentor: another specialist in the area, anywhere at
    TU Delft
    → at least one of your mentors should hold a PhD
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  40. Can I do my thesis work at a company?
    Yes and no.
    That is, you are allowed to pick a topic that is proposed by a
    company. However, the main mentor of the project has to
    be a staff of the university and the project has to be a
    scientific one.
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  41. graduation
    !=
    internship

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  42. https://3d.bk.tudelft.nl/courses/geo2020

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