Category Archives: Academia

Email invitation to be a “special” speaker, a scam?

Have you ever received an e-mail from some small conference telling you that they want to invite you to give a talk as a special speaker, honorary speaker or distinguished speaker? I received several e-mails like this and while something … Continue reading

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Atomic Habits to Become a Better Researcher

In this blog post, I will talk about the concept of atomic habits and how it can help you achieve your goals in general, but especially to become a better researcher. The concept of Atomic Habits, was popularized in a … Continue reading

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The Hard Road to Success in Academia

Today, I will talk about at topic that not many researchers talk about, which is the long and hard road to become a professor in academia, and why some people give up before reaching their goal at different stages of … Continue reading

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How to become a journal or conference reviewer?

Today, I will write a blog post aimed a young researchers, who want to know what is the work of a reviewer in academia, how to become a reviewer of international journals or conferences, and what are the benefits of being a reviewer. What … Continue reading

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If I would do a PhD again, what would I do differently?

Recently, I gave an invited talk at University of Pisa in Italy (online). A PhD student asked me: If you would do a PhD again, what would you do differently? In this blog post, I will answer this question, which … Continue reading

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Conference Badges: the Best and the Worst

Today, I talk about my collection of conference badges that I have collected since I was a PhD student till today. I have attended over 50 events and have kept all of the conference badges except maybe one or two. … Continue reading

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Real Conferences VS Virtual Conferences

Year 2020 is soon ending, and it has been a quite special year due to the coronavirus pandemic around the world. This has forced many researchers to work from home, and to cancel or change their research travel plans. Moreover, … Continue reading

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The 10 most cited papers in our “Data Science and Pattern Recognition” journal!

As some of you know, I am editor-in-chief of the Data Science and Pattern Recognition (DSPR) journal. This journal has started in 2017 and four volumes have been published already with 28 papers, which I consider as a success. One … Continue reading

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How to prepare your thesis defense?

Today, I will talk about an important topic for graduate students, which is how to prepare for your thesis defense. I will explain what should be done to prepare yourself well., and also talk about my experience as student and … Continue reading

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Is it a good to change research area?

In this blog post, I will talk about changing to another research area for researchers and what it implies. Moreover, I will talk about what is a good research area, and the importance of continuity for researchers. I will also … Continue reading

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