Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance

Dr. Dilma da Silva, researcher at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, discussed "Gaps in Research" in April 2012. Her rationale for discussing this topic in her own words is, "one very challenging part of graduate school research is to scope the work appropriately. Too much area coverage in your project and you may end up putting moreeffort than necessary to achieve the expected growth goals of your degree; too constrained of a focus and you can miss opportunities to identify larger themes and connectionsand to broad the impact of your work. Your advisor and thesis committee will provide invaluable guidance,but practicing the skill of finding the gaps is likely to bring large benefits when you go to your next career phase. As a research leader at an industry research lab, a lot of my work involveslooking for research gaps and assessing which ones to target. I also participate in dozens ofPhD Committees, Program Committees and NSF panels every year, and routinely interview a lot of recent PhD graduates. In this talk, I will discuss my approach to assess gaps in research project proposals and results."  

Session url at http://bit.ly/ELA_da_Silva.  

About the speaker:  

Dilma da Silva is a researcher at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, in New York. She manages the Advanced Operating Systems groupand is also Principal Investigator in the Exascale Collaboratory at IBM Dublin Research Lab.   She received her Ph.D in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1997.  Prior to joining IBM, she was an AssistantProfessor at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her research inoperating systems addresses the need for scalable and adaptive system software. Her current focus is on cloud computing.  She has publishedmore than 70 technical papers. Dilma  is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an  ACM Distinguished Speaker,a member of the board of CRA-W (Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research), of  the CDC(Coalition for Diversifying Computing) board,  a co-founder of the Latinasin Computing group, and treasurer/secretary for ACM SIGOPS. More information is available at www.research.ibm.com/people/d/dilma