I have recently defended my Ph.D. Here’s a small retrospective with some facts and figures.

  • The defense lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • I passed it with distinctions.
  • It took me 1587 days, from enrollment in the graduate school to defense, to complete my Ph.D.
  • My dissertation is 104 pages long.
  • I printed 70 copies of it for a grand total weight of 56.7 kilograms.
  • I have read ~480 papers, although my dissertation cites only 111.
  • I used LateX to write my dissertations as well as all the papers.
  • I wrote 10 papers (five are included in the dissertation):
  • Four journals ̶(̶1̶ ̶u̶n̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶r̶e̶v̶i̶e̶w̶)̶.
  • Seven conference (2 short).
  • I had nine co-authors in total.

I attended:

  • four conference.
  • two doctoral symposiums.
  • two doctoral schools.
  • one workshop
  • and travelled 66260 kilometers.
  • Four times my papers were rejected.

I also wrote some code:

  • ~9000 lines of Java
  • ~2000 lines of R

To collect the data for the experiments included in the dissertation I travelled ~22000 kilometers.

  • For my Ph.D. projects I accumulated 9.81Gb of data.
  • I reviewed 10 papers for four conferences:
  • I dedicated ~2000 hours to teaching.
  • Less than 10% of my students failed my courses.
  • I completed 204.3 ECTS
  • 54.1 ECTS are included in my Ph.D. study plan
  • I have 15 ECTS worth of Chinese language
  • I supervised only one Master’s student

Originally published at on May 16, 2016.