Doctoral Symposium

Call for Participation Key Dates
Doctoral Symposium Posters
Application Submission ProcessThe PHM Society Doctoral Symposium will be held as a workshop on 29 September, 2014. In order to participate, submit the following documents to the Doctoral Symposium Chairs (,, and via email by 05 May, 2014 with the following:

  • Three-page abstract describing your thesis topic (must be PHM related). Every abstract needs to follow the conference paper submission template in Word or Latex. Links to templates and example abstracts can be found here on the webpage. The abstract must include the following:
  • Concise statement of the problem addressed
  • Expected contributions to the field
  • Proposed research plan, including work already performed and preliminary results
  • CV with educational, employment, and other experience. Clearly indicate beginning and expected graduation dates and contact information for your supervisor(s).
  • A brief support letter or email from your supervisor – may be emailed directly to the Doctoral Symposium Chairs (,, and

To allow sufficient time for discussions, the organizing committee will select up to 10 students (maximum 2 selections per academic institution). Students in early stages of research (at least two years remaining) will be given preference.Each selected full-time student will receive free registration and a travel subsidy of up to $1,500 USD covering:

  • Meals not provided by conference (per diem applies)
  • Accommodation (shared hotel room for entire conference)
  • Transporation (airfare, transport to/from airport)

All selected students are required to present a poster of their research, and their abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings.All students attending the conference are invited to attend the Doctoral Symposium even if they are not presenting their work. The Symposium is an excellent opportunity to connect with other students in the field and to benefit from advice and insights from the expert panel.We accept submissions from any topics relevant to the conference. The evaluation will be based on the quality and completeness of the submission package, stage of research (preferably at the early stage of the research so that constructive feedback from the panel can be incorporated into the thesis), and on the perceived research potential of the candidate. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 07 July, 2014. Accepted candidates will receive detailed instructions regarding preparation for their presentation at the Doctoral Symposium.Please note the following:

  • Students who participated in previous Doctoral Symposiums are not eligible to participate again this year.
  • Travel reimbursement and free registration is only available to full-time students. Part-time graduate students who are employed in the industry are welcome to participate, but they will not be eligible for travel reimbursement and free registration.

The Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society is pleased to invite applications from students currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the fields of diagnostics, prognostics, or condition‐based maintenance. The Doctoral Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present their research interests and plans at a formative stage in their research. The students will receive structured guidance from a panel of distinguished researchers, as well as comments from conference participants and fellow students in a collegial setting. The PHM Society Doctoral Symposium will be held as a workshop on the first day of the conference.

The panelists for the Doctoral Symposium are: Eric Bechhoefer, GPMS LLC; Francois Liard, Alstom; Marcos Orchard, University of Chile; and Shankar Sankararaman, SGT Inc., NASA

Doctorial Symposium Chairs
Dr. Jamie Coble,
Dr. Nicholas Propes,
Dr. Ian Jennions,
Dr Marcos Orchard,

Key Conference Dates
Application Submission Deadline 05 May 2014
Notification of Selections 07 Jul 2014
Doctoral Symposium 29 Sep 2014
PHM Conference Dates 29 Sep – 2 Oct 2014
Doctoral Symposium Posters
Advanced Computational Techniques for Model-based Prognostics under Scarce Degradation Information
Yang Hu– Politecnico de Milano
Development of New Methodology and Tools for Planetary Gearbox Fault Diagnostics and Prognostics
Jae Yoon – The University of Illinois-Chicago
Intelligent Fault Diagnosis and Prognosis for Wind Turbine Generators
Chao Wang– Aalborg University
Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control with Application to Quadrotors
Remus Avram– Wright State University
Fast Feature Selection Algorithms for Fault Diagnosis in Rotating Machinery
Francisco Boldt– Federal University of State of Espirito Santo
Residual Selection in Dynamic Systems
Hamed Khorasgani– Vanderbilt University
Freight Rail Car Roller Bearing Diagnostics
Dan Maraini– Villanova University
Multiphysics-based Model for Prognostics in a Planetary Transmission
Adrian Cubillo– Cranfield University
A Systematic Approach for Adaptive Health Prognostic and Autonomous Knowledge Discovery of Industrial Systems
Shanhu Yang– University of Cincinnati
Systems Architecture Analysis of Cost and Availability for Health Monitoring Enabled Condition-based Maintenance and Logistics in USAF Aircraft
Robert Vandawaker– Air Force Institute of Technology