CIS PhD programme


The CIS PhD Programme consists of a series of technical and non-technical activities for PhD students within the Centre for Intelligent Sensing.

Technical activities

The technical activities in the CIS PhD programme consist of modules that students can attend, a CIS seminar series, reading groups, ad-hoc technical discussions and interest groups, peer-based learning, and software and hardware support.

The timetable of CIS-related modules for the current semester are [here]. These modules are of high-interest to PhD students working in the area of Intelligent Sensing and they provide an integration to the research-related activities during their PhD.

The CIS seminar series are also an important part of the PhD student training. The seminars are free to attended and are a good way of getting to know the latest research going on in Intelligent Sensing. The list of the past and forthcoming seminars can be found [here]. You can also subscribe to the cis-seminars mailing list [here].

Reading groups allow the PhD students to present a paper and to have a discussion on a specific work, and ad-hoc technical discussions and interest groups provide the possibility to the students to discuss specific topics of a wide interest through the organisation of workshops.

PhD students can present their work by posters and slides in specific peer-based learning sessions where technical analysis of their work and constructive criticisms are made by other PhD students.

If the PhD students need a more software-based and hardware-based support, specific activities are organised for this purpose where issues related to the implementation of the research are discussed more in depth.

As part of the CIS PhD Programme, each PhD has the possibility to give a public presentation on their thesis after the PhD title has been awarded. The PhDs give a seminar-type presentation which is recorded and made public.

CIS PhD programme
Soft-skill courses

Non-technical training is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Academic and Professional Development [link] at QMUL. A list of recommended courses is the following: Pronunciation and spoken delivery skills for overseas researchers, Making a poster presentation and Critical thinking.

Please send an email to the Webmaster [email] if you would like additional courses to be placed in the above list.

In the CIS PhD Programme, also industrial placements activities take place which consist of ad-hoc training for interviews and introduction of students to companies for potential employments. In addition to this, career orientation sessions help the students to find which is the best career for them after the PhD.


PhD students are invited to attend the technical and social events organised within the Programme.

The main technical events are the CIS Summer School and the CIS PhD Welcome day which are held once a year.

Past technical events include the 2016 Intelligent Sensing Summer School [link], the CIS Spring Camp 2016 [link] - three weeks of Intelligent Sensing activities -, the 2015 CIS PhD Welcome day [link], the 2015 Summer School on Intelligent Sensing for Interactive and Cognitive Environments [link], the 2014 Intelligent Sensing Summer School [link] which focused on Technology Transfer training, and the 2013 Intelligent Sensing Summer School [link] which consisted of both lectures and a challenge for the development of an Intelligent Sensing-based project.

Through the year also social activities are organised within CIS, which include company visits and sports events.

CIS students
PhD students

2015/16 cohort

2014/15 cohort

2013/14 cohort