Workshop: Research Methods for PhDs

Donnerstag, 30. Juni 2022 - 14:00 bis Freitag, 1. Juli 2022 - 13:00
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Campus Sankt Augustin, room A 102

We are happy to announce that our Canadian guest professor Kenneth Kent will host a workshop exclusively for PhD students.

We kindly ask you to register until June 15th via e-mail to
The workshop will be held in English and on campus (in person) in Sankt Augustin.

Please indicate in your e-mail which topics interest you most and if you have any specific questions so that we can tailor the workshop to your specific needs.


Interactive Workshop: Research Methods for PhDs

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Kenneth Kent, P.Eng



Graduate research is quite different than simply attending courses and doing assigned work one completes in their bachelor studies. Instead it involves you conducting research in a setting that has many challenges and pitfalls beyond the subject matter that you are studying. In this interactive workshop we will introduce and discuss various aspects of “research methods” from the start of a literature review to the final completion of disseminating your findings. A brief outline of topics include - but are not limited to the following:


  • Critically reviewing existing literature
  • Giving effective presentations
  • Managing references and avoiding plagiarism
  • Knowing what, when and where to publish
  • Professional codes of ethics & whistle blowing
  • Research integrity: Data & experiment validity, dissemination, referencing and plagiarism
  • Intellectual Property: Creative commons, patents, copyright, trademarks, non-disclosure agreements and research contracts
  • Privacy responsibilities of data holders, trust, and identity theft

Target group: The workshop is open to members of the H-BRS Graduate institute as well as members of Promotionskolleg NRW from other Universities of Applied Science in NRW.


Dr. Kenneth Kent obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada) in 2003, his M.Sc. from the same in 1999, and his B.Sc. from Memorial University (Newfoundland, Canada) in 1996. He is a professor of the Faculty of Computer Science and Director of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies – Atlantic at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada). He is also an honorary professor at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Kent is a Co-Founder of anessa Inc. where he has filled roles as Chief Product Officer and Vice-President Funding & Investments. Dr. Kent is also a registered professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. His research interests include high-performance/cloud computing, embedded systems, software engineering, and managed runtimes. He has been engaged in many industrial partnerships including IBM, Google, RedHat and Huawei. This work has contributed to several disclosures & patent filings, and over 150 academic publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.