Sunday, June 25, 2017

PhD Application Update

For those of you who don’t know, I’m in the process of applying for a PhD.  I narrowed it down (or more specifically, chose to apply for the PhD because of talking with them) to BabeĊŸ-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.

I picked the university based on their location and its size.  At 41,000+ students (according to Wikipedia), it’s the biggest university in Romania and has a highly ranked math program, of which their computer science program is a part.  The location is in Cluj-Napoca, which is both a beautiful city and close to where my wife grew up.  We are looking forward to exposing the kids (and myself) to Romanian culture, language and customs.  Oh, and being 75 minutes or so from bunu and buna is a nice thing too.

As for my research topic, I’m hoping to find better and more complete ways to include unstructured data as part of a broader data analytics strategy, leveraging my experience in Enterprise Content Management at IBM and the work I’ve been involved in for the last year or two with Ali Arsanjani, Distinguished Engineer.

My goal is to start using this blog as a place to chronicle my experience, thoughts and insights over the next few years (assuming I’m ultimately accepted).