Postgraduate Electrical and Information Engineering Symposium (PEIES)

Postgraduate Electrical and Information Engineering Symposium




The School of Electrical and Information Engineering has recently initiated a symposium series in order to stimulate postgraduate research studies. The Postgraduate Electrical and Information Engineering Symposium (PEIES) is aimed at providing a forum for postgraduate students as well as staff to present their research in a conference type of environment.  The symposium runs twice a year during the Spring and Autumn study breaks with the third symposium having already taken place.

Participation takes place on several levels. A student may submit a written research paper which will be circulated for comment and peer review among the other postgraduate students. This simulates the peer review process that will be encountered when the paper is sent out to a major research journal or conference. The review process does however take place in a somewhat more friendly and controlled environment. The feedback that the students receive is then incorporated into their papers

For students who are starting out with their research and who may not yet have any major results to report, participation takes the form of a proposal paper, which is not peer reviewed. This type of paper outlines a plan and a way forward. This proposal is presented at the symposium and audience feedback sought. This could help to guide the student in refining the proposal.

Staff or senior researchers may present a strategy paper that describes a summary of results achieved in a particular research group or the topic areas that a research group may be planning to work towards.

All the papers submitted to the symposium are collated into a Proceedings, which is archived in the school, but not published. This serves the purpose of recording the research progress of the school but at the same time allowing the same material to be refined and formally published in the open literature.

The symposium has just finished its third run with a total of 32 papers in the Proceedings. Feedback from both staff and students is positive with encouragement to continue the initiative. It is hoped that the symposium will increase the amount of research papers accepted for publication and decrease the time postgraduate students take to complete their Masters and PhD qualifications.


PEIES Coordinator: Prof Ivan Hofsajer