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Alper Şen Bogazici University1 Marie Curie IRG Experiences Asst. Prof. Alper Şen, Marie Curie Fellow Bogazici University alper.sen AT boun.edu.tr http://www.cmpe.boun.edu.tr/~sen/
Alper Şen Bogazici University2 My Profile Ph.D. ECE, University of Texas at Austin, 2004 Member of Technical Staff, Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola), 2004-2009 Worked for Sun, Intel during Ph.D. Adjunct Asst. Prof., ECE, University of Texas at Austin, 2008 Asst. Prof. Computer Engineering, Bogazici University, Spring 2009-now
Alper Şen Bogazici University3 My Profile Active R&D career in the industry. Led several projects. Published, applied for patent. Active management career in the industry. Managed international projects between Freescale and ST Micro. Active academic collaborations. Advisory Board Member, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Liaison and expert for projects. Active participation in Conference and Workshop Committees.
Alper Şen Bogazici University4 My Marie Curie Timeline 2005-2007: Talking, meeting with people … adjustment, career, finances, housing etc. 2007: Bogazici CMPE ideal choice: focus on research, student potential, well-known, great location. (but public) Learnt about MC from colleagues. Read, read, read, emailed, asked … 2007: Applied for MC 2008: Granted MC. Negotiations, great help from ARDO. 2009: Started project.
A word about my MC project Title: Predict-MP: Predictive Techniques for System Level Analysis of Multi-Processors, 2009-2013 About: –Emerging products, such as multicores and parallel software, exploit concurrency to spread work around a system improving performance. –European competitiveness in microelectronics and software such as telecommunications, automobile, consumer products relies heavily on improving reliability of such emerging products. Goal: –Novel reliability improvement techniques to detect and debug potential errors in emerging products before production. Alper Şen Bogazici University5
6 Marie Curie IRG Prestigious grant, getting more competitive, high visibility Great opportunity for reintegration (especially financially for public schools since salaries are not competitive) Project funding ready before you arrive. Almost like a seed money.
Some MC Tips MC is different from other FP7 projects in that it is based mostly on your career more than your proposed project. Demonstrate leadership skills, team work through activities in academia, industry. Emphasize your previous research outcomes, patents, invited talks, research grants etc. Your proposed research should build on your earlier research and third country know how. Provide detailed targets in implementation. Include publication, patents that are planned. Alper Şen Bogazici University7
Some MC Tips Provide concrete collaborations with third country. Be creative in writing your proposal. There is no single right way to prepare the proposal. Have your colleagues read and give you feedback. Be in touch with ARDO and TUBITAK. Too much bureaucracy though simpler than other FP7 projects. TUBITAK has great published resources and contacts on their FP7 web pages. When in doubt, contact Burcak Cullu. ncpmobility@ Alper Şen Bogazici University8
What can be done to improve overall process? Have more information meetings in Bogazici. Inform potential applicants before they arrive. Get ARDO’s help in filling the forms: –Quality of host organization, including adequacy of infrastructures/facilities –Practical arrangements for the implementation and management of the project –Information regarding Bogazici on EPSS system. I had too much confusion about whose name was going to be where. Bureaucracy can be overwhelming on the PI (almost like filing tax forms in US). Need professional budget tracking esp. for larger FP7 projects and tax issues. Alper Şen Bogazici University9
What am I doing thanks to MC? Starting to build network in Europe (to apply for FP7 projects). Building research team Recently appointed FP7 expert. Ok, not because of MC but –Applying for non-EU project funding. –Familiarizing with academic work environment. Dealing with who can use our departmental parking lot etc –Reintegrating Istanbul! Alper Şen Bogazici University10
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