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):
- Three journals (1 under review).
- Seven conference (2 short).
- I had nine co-authors in total.
- 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 dfucci.co on May 16, 2016.