In this talk, I will outline a number of elements that I believe are necessary for conducting high quality research. I will begin by briefly describing my expectations for granting a doctorate degree. I will then talk about integrity in research, which will involve discussions on plagiarism, proper etiquette for citing others' works, what constitutes a mistake versus a fraud, and how to best present one's results. Next, I will discuss some strategies for success. These strategies will include (i) a self-examination to assess your own readiness for embarking on a PhD; (ii) how to choose and interact with your advisor, (iii) some strategies for building your tool-set in order to prepare yourself before and during the research process; (iv) a discussion on how to choose a good problem; (v) strategies for solving difficult problems that I have observed to work well, and what to look for in a solution; (vi) how to write a good paper, mistakes to avoid, and some resources that you should always have in your personal library; and (vii) how to create an intellectual environment that will enable you to graduate into a scholar rather than only being a specialist technician. This talk is based on my own observations, mistakes, and interactions with a variety of PhD students and colleagues over the past twenty years.
Ness B. Shroff received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1994. He joined Purdue university immediately thereafter as an Assistant Professor in the school of ECE. At Purdue, he became Full Professor of ECE in 2003 and director of CWSA in 2004, a university-wide center on wireless systems and applications. In July 2007, he joined The Ohio State University, where he holds the Ohio Eminent Scholar endowed chair in Networking and Communications, in the departments of ECE and CSE. He was a visiting chaired professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, is a distinguished visiting professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, and a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Dr. Shroff is currently an editor at large of IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, and on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems and the IEEE Networks Magazine. He has received numerous best paper awards for his research and is listed in the Thomson Reuters Book on The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds as well as noted as a highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters. He also received the IEEE INFOCOM achievement award for seminal contributions to scheduling and resource allocation in wireless networks.