Questions related to Student Supervision
Actually, I am working these field. Sometimes I don't understand what should I do. If anyone supervise me, I will be thankful.
I have a dataset of rice leaf for training and testing in machine learning. Here is the link: https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/znsxdctwtt/1
I want to develop my project with these techniques;
- RGB Image Acquisition & Preprocessing (HSV Conversation, Thresholding and Masking)
- Image Segmentation(GLCM matrices, Wavelets(DWT))
- Classifications (SVM, CNN ,KNN, Random Forest)
- Results with Matlab Codings.
- But I have a confusion for final scores for confusion matrices. So I need any technique to check which extraction method is good for dataset.
- My main target is detection normal and abnormal(disease) leaf with labels.
Attached image is collected from a paper.
I am sharing with you a list of articles that I normally use when supervising my master (and bachelor but mainly master) students. I hope you will find them useful, and I welcome your feedback (i) in order to improve them, (ii) to have new ideas and (iii) anything else that you would like to share.
I tried to keep these articles fairly general, but my perspective come from supervising students in Computer Science/Engineering, Data Science, Information Management and Software Engineering. Therefore, apologies if they may sound alien to your discipline, however, if that is the case please let me know. Over the years they have grown in quantity, and I categorized them in 2 groups:
- How to do a better thesis: articles that clarify various aspects of the development of a (master) thesis. Proposal development, ideas, related work, methodology, writing etc...
- How to become a better programmer: articles that helps a person familiar with scripting programming (basic python for example) understanding the basic of object-oriented programming and how professional tools (like SDK) woks. Again, the specific focus is improving the quality of the code that a master student needs to write. Probably if you are following a hard-core programming master these articles will be fairly simple.
What follows are the one of the “better thesis” section:
Attitude mindset and lifestyle
- Take a moment to reflect to right approach for the challenge ahead. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/the-right-attitude-for-your-thesis-preparing-yourself-for-the-challenge/
- Mens sana in corpore sano: Take care of yourself, in particular do not neglect of your physical health https://francescolelli.info/thesis/simple-rules-for-taking-care-of-yourself-during-before-and-after-your-thesis/
How to do a good thesis: before you start.
- Start from considering these tips for improving the quality of your proposal. They will help you in understanding how to think scientifically including if you do not have to write a research proposal. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/how-to-write-a-thesis-proposal-or-a-research-proposal-a-few-tips/
- Check if you are aware of all the players around you thesis and what is their interest https://francescolelli.info/thesis/the-players-around-your-thesis-who-is-going-to-help-you/
- Understand how adopting good scientific practices can improve your grade. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/adopting-good-scientific-practices-increases-your-visibility-and-the-grade-of-your-thesis/
How to do a good thesis: the openings moves.
- Ask yourself what you want to do when you will “grow up”. This article will help you understanding how you can take the most from your thesis for your future goals. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/take-the-most-from-your-thesis/
- (Optional) Get a grasp of what kind of mentor I am. It will help you in understanding what I write in these posts and/or if we are compatible in case you are considering pursuing your thesis with me. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/mentor-for-your-thesis/
- Set up the proper communication tools with your supervisor, so that you will have a better quality time with him/her. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/setting-up-the-proper-communication-tools-with-your-thesis-supervisor/
A Note on Writing:
- Writing a scientific endeavor has its rules and best practices https://francescolelli.info/tutorial/on-scientific-writing-classic-postmodern-and-self-conscious-style/
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How to do a good thesis: literature research and related work
- Look at these heuristics for understanding if a paper is worth reading or you should move forward to the next one. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/6-heuristics-for-assessing-the-quality-of-a-publication/
- Understand how to select good venues (conferences or journals) where you can search for good publication. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/how-scientific-venues-work-an-heuristic/
- Learn how to read a scientific paper faster and more effectively. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/read-scientific-papers-quickly-and-effectively/
- Master the right features in MS-Word for handling the related work and managing the growing complexity of the task. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/how-to-use-references-in-word-a-few-tips-and-suggestions-for-your-thesis/
- Get more insights about related work, literature review and survey papers. https://francescolelli.info/tutorial/related-work-literature-review-survey-paper-a-collection-of-resources/
How to do a good thesis: the experimental and scientific part
- If you feel stuck: get an idea on “how to warm up your research engine” and do your first step. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/warming-up-the-research-engine/
- Get some inspiration from the work of other scientist and learn how to properly categorize the literature review. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/how-to-use-the-literature-review-for-your-research
- Familiarize with sources that can provide Data for your (master or bachelor) thesis. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/where-to-get-data-a-collection-of-resources-for-your-thesis/
- If you plan to write some programming code there are several free resources that can help you. https://francescolelli.info/programming/free-resources-that-will-warm-up-your-programming-environment/
- If you plan to write some programming code, get familiar with these best practices. https://francescolelli.info/how-to-be-a-better-programmer-the-mini-guide/
- If you plan to use a survey for scientific research you may want to consider these tips and suggestions. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/get-the-basics-on-doing-a-survey-for-scientific-research-purposes/
- Do this simple feasibility check if you plan to use an interview approach in your case study research https://francescolelli.info/thesis/should-you-use-a-case-study-for-your-thesis-in-information-management/
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How to do a good thesis: the last mile
- Did you produced the first final draft of the thesis? Here you can find a simple set of rules and a checklist that can help you. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/simple-writing-rules-that-can-improve-the-quality-of-your-thesis/
- Are you close to finishing the thesis? Put your current draft to a (stress) test. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/the-navigation-test-put-your-thesis-to-a-stress-test/
The End Game
- Deal with the submission of your thesis and its defense in the proper way https://francescolelli.info/thesis/commencing-the-end-game-last-minute-issues-and-recommendations/
- Understand what is Open Access and how you can make the most of it https://francescolelli.info/thesis/should-you-release-your-thesis-open-access/
- Consider the benefit (and the extra work) of publish your thesis. Is it worth it? https://francescolelli.info/thesis/should-i-publish-my-thesis-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/
- Now that your thesis has been submitted is about preparing a killer presentation for the defense! https://francescolelli.info/thesis/the-art-and-the-skill-of-speaking-and-making-a-presentation
The End of the Journey
- Publish your thesis using the University Library. It will take less then one hour and will ensure some extra visibility to your work. https://francescolelli.info/thesis/publish-your-thesis-in-your-university-library/
- Learn what the future of your thesis could be https://francescolelli.info/thesis/what-will-happen-to-your-thesis-after-your-graduation/
Thanks for taking the time to read such a long discussion! Based on your experience, is there anything missing or that require some improvement? Drop me a line, I will be happy to hear from you
I wrote an article entitled [15 Public "I was wrong" admissions by intellectuals & thought leaders] . They range from a health psychologist who realized that 10 years of her work might have been causing more harm than good to a physicist who announced in a stage conference that he made a miscalculation that lead to a false discovery of a planet. Talk about the importance of integrity is ubiquitous but actual case studies of public demonstrations of intellectual honesty are much harder to find. Compiling such cases helps in building and understanding a healthy culture about admitting mistakes in intellectual circles. The feedback I got up till now is quite encouraging.
I’m thinking of turning this project into a PhD or MA (mostly remote). Any supervisors suggestions?
Also, I want to publish it in a major publication like the Huffington Post or the Atlantic (or very relevant niche publications) . If you have any relevant connections or tips, I'd appreciate the help:)
A postgraduate candidate refers to you and asks to be offered a research topic for his/her thesis. Will you offer a research topic? if yes, why? If no, why?
It is expected to select a thesis topic which is relevant to current times yet sustainable for the times to come. However, there are multiple other factors to consider before one can lock-in THE TOPIC to furnish one's thesis on.
Looking forward to hearing your pearls of wisdom and years of experience. Please educate!
Thanking you in advance.
I was just wondering to know your opinion, how much support should a supervisor extend to the PhD student? Can you say the name of the support, say,
- Helping to develop academic language by developing an argument, scholarly conventions, consistency and style?
- To help student set goals and deadline.
I would like to find out which systems do most researchers use to manage and effectively review their students' outputs (i.e. proposals, chapters and manuscripts). How does one effectively allocate and track your time to different student projects? Regarding reviewing of documents, I know many use "track changes" in Word, some do comments in a PDF viewer, some still prefer a printout and write comments in pencel. Which system is the most effective and used by the majority?
I am working on article on victimisation of students by mentors that has resulted in an increase in student drop out.I would like to come up with strategies that institutions of higher education can use to collect non identifying feedback from students affected by mentor attitudes.
I'd like to start an online lab notebook that is completely open and readable, shared with lab assistants and the world (explained on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_notebook_science). I'd also really like a whole online system for lab management- project organizing, sharing multiple notebooks and datasets.. Any suggestions? I work in genetics and ecology but I think the system could be from any field. Thanks!
APP seems to be the only system used in the UK schools? what about the other curricula? how are the using students' assessment data to help them achieve to their fullest potential.
I am currently working on a project to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in supporting undergraduate, honours and coursework dissertation supervision (see http://www.dissertationsupervision.org). I’m seeking resources and tools that may be useful to supervisors and/or students facing supervision issues please. I’d welcome any suggestions. Full attribution will be made for any contributions.
I'm interested in the academic perspective of students completing their thesis alongside or within a company (not) connected to the university. If you have any comments relating to the questions below I would love to hear them.
1. Does your university offer the opportunity for students to work with companies in their research?
2. Is the quality of work done generally equal/above/below when compared to the traditional approach?
3. Have you encountered problems when a student has done research with a company?
4. Is there a need for platforms such as: http://matchmythesis.com/?
5. Are there any experiences where this has been a positive experience?
6. Related comments.
All discussion is welcome, thanks.
I have a report to do about what would I change about my university, related to IT.
During an exam it's not that difficult to talk to other students especially in a big lecture hall. Is there a way for professors to minimize the amount of cheating on an exam? What IT software could they use instead of making multiple tests?
Considering that you are the main supervisor, and that you help the student not only with his/her research, but also with the writing of the thesis, have you ever jumped into numbers and summed how many hours you spend with the entire process (for one single student)?