PHM18 Doctoral Symposium

Call for Participation

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.

Doctorial Symposium Chair
Jamie Coble,

Key Dates

Key Conference Dates
Application submission deadline May 7, 2018 May 28, 2018
Notification of selection Jul 16, 2018
Doctoral Symposium is held on Sep 24, 2018
Main conference is held Sep 24-27, 2018


Application Submission Process

  • In order to participate, submit the following documents to the Doctoral Symposium Chair via email by the submission deadline:
    • Three-page abstract describing your thesis topic (must be PHM related) with:
    • CV with educational, employment and other experience. Clearly indicate beginning and expected graduation dates and contact information for your supervisor(s).
    • A letter of support and recommendation from your supervisor – may be emailed directly to the chairs.
  • 10 students will be selected (maximum 2 selections per academic institution)
  • Selected full-time students receive free registration and a travel subsidy of up to $1500 covering:
    • meals not provided by conference (per diem applies),
    • accommodation (shared hotel room for entire conference), and
    • transportation (airfare, transport to/from airport).
  • Students in early stages of research (with at least two years remaining) will
  • All selected students are also required to present a poster of their research, and their abstract will appear in the conference proceedings.

Please Note

  1. Students who participated in previous Doctoral Symposia are not eligible to participate again.
  2. 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.


Time Function
8:00 to 9:15 Breakfast for DS participants and panelists
9:15 to 9:30 Doctoral Symposium Welcome – Jamie Coble
9:30 to 10:00 Cordelia Ezhilarasu, An Integrated Reasoning Framework for Vehicle Level Diagnosis of Aircraft Subsystem Faults, Cranfield University
10:00 to 10:30 Guangxing Niu, Deep Learning Based Defects Diagnosis for Automated Fiber Placement Machine, University of South Carolina
10:30 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 11:30 Varun Khemani, Electronic Circuit PHM with No Data, University of Maryland
11:30 to 12:00 Avisek Naug, Efficient control and Fault Detection and Isolation in Building HVAC systems, Vanderbilt University
12:00 to 12:30 Alexslis Maindze, Developing a Knowledge Management System for Integrated Vehicle Health Management Using a Data Life Cycle Model, Cranfield University
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch for DS participants and panelists
1:30 to 2:00 Guoyi Li, Health Management and Prognostics of Complex Structures and Systems, Arizona State University
2:00 to 2:30 Aishwarya Sriraman, Aging Models and Lifetime Prediction of Thermally Aged Industrial Cable Insulation Polymers, Iowa State University
2:30 to 3:00 Break
3:00 to 3:30 Sofia Koukoura, Failure and Remaining Useful Life Prediction of Wind Turbine Gearboxes, University of Strathclyde
3:30 to 4:00 Shijie Tang, Operation-Aware Health Management for Environmental Control and Life Support System, University of South Carolina
4:00 to 4:30 Roberto Merco, Robust Estimation of Connected Automated Vehicles While Performing Cooperative Tasks in Presence of Malicious Agents, Clemson University
4:30 to 4:45 Panelists Final Thoughts
4:45 to 4:55 Feedback from Students & Audience
4:55 to 5:00 Conclusions