Saturday, September 14, 2019

PhD v2.0

It was about two and a half years ago that I started publishing information about my presumed pending doctoral program.  Well, that ended up being sidelined because of the Romanian Ministry of Education.  In reviewing my application, they determined I was not eligible because I had not attended or completed a master's degree.


Nothing like selling everything you have and preparing to move to a new country only to discover that the primary reason (or excuse) you planned the move was not going to happen.  At least the educational system in Romania tends towards a "things get done at the last minute" method, so I was able to apply for a Master's Program at UBB instead.  And, while the process was annoying, it did end up with me having a better understanding of the process and a stronger line on what I will be attempting to research.

My original plan was to continue my loose work around text analytics, but the more time I spent learning the math involved, the more I started to understand that my passions lie elsewhere.  Now, that's not to say I won't end up picking this back up, but for now I plan on working towards a different topic.

Which brings us to the main thrust of this post: I have now been accepted into the PhD program at Universitatea Babes-Bolyai.  This time, I'm going to start looking into the intersection of workflow management and parallel programming.  Associate Professor Virginia Niculescu posed the following question during my last semester: what overlap is there between the workflow patterns (as documented by van der Aalst and Russell) and the defined parallel programming patterns.

With that thought in my head, I started my Master's thesis based on that, with a healthy dose of advanced case management thrown in.  Apparently, it was enough to complete my degree.  Now, I plan on working to complete the thought, as I believe there is plenty of room left to research the topic.  In fact, my thesis was about 80 pages (including project documentation) and I firmly believe that I could have easily added another 20-40 pages.

Follow this space (and my ResearchGate profile) as I move forward.  I'm already starting to write what I hope to be my first academic article and as it progresses I will try and update here.