On this page, you will find a list of previously held seminars, hosted by the PhD-section here at NTK.


Skills for Managing your Academic Self and Dissertation Writing
Casey Kennington, PhD.

Dissertation writing can be an invigorating and enjoyable process. In this talk, I will give some tips and strategies for preparing for, managing, and writing your dissertation. I will also talk about how those skills generalize to managing yourself in an academic setting, a setting with many complex facets including teaching, writing, researching, service, networking, among other things. I draw upon my own PhD experience and my experience as an assistant professor since 2016.

I received my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University. My master’s work was done in the Erasmus Mundus European Masters in Language and Communication Technology program, where I spent my first year at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, and my second year at Nancy 2 University (now Lorraine University) in Nancy, France. I graduated with a PhD from Bielefeld University in Germany advised by David Schlangen. During my PhD studies, I spent 3 months as an intern at Honda Research Institute, supervised by Kotaro Funakoshi. My post-doctoral work was in the KogniHome project at Bielefeld working on dialogue management for an intelligent apartment project. I am currently an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department of Boise State University.