On hold until 2013 or so... until then, I simply lack the time.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
This section is in place in order to provide the first time reader with a notion about the constraints and common information regarding the doctoral thesis of Markus Gattol.
Markus Gattol gained his admission to the doctorate study when he finished a graduate1 M.Sc. (Master of Science also known as Diplomingenieur) study. As of now (August 2007), Markus Gattol graduated in two M.Sc. studies2.
He his very excited and forward looking to do research in the area of mechatronics. At some point in the future3 he will then receive a doctors degree (Ph.D.) after finishing a written summary4, passing some exams and orally defending his research amongst a circle of academics.
At the moment Markus Gattol has no plans in the matter spanning beyond the point after the finalization of his doctoral thesis — he focuses on the time-frame needed to finalize his doctoral study. However, since the area easily allows it he might continue this path further on after he gained his doctoral degree.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
The question should rather be What is the motivation to do research? The answer is easy. Markus assumes, like with most things in life, people do things for joy, idealism, interest in the matter, social status, love, money, because being pressured, some are bored and thus look out to busy oneself, curiosity, etc. In the end it is probably a diversity of things that drives people to do different things in life ...
His motivation is part idealism and part interest coupled with a great deal of joy and curiosity in the matter. He also think, that as a nice side effect, it might place a higher degree of self-determination for himself since having knowledge and/or skills no one other has, has already proven beneficial in his life. He is not so much into money besides the fact that in our society more money equals more self-determination which he does not think is a good thing (self-determination depending on ones financial status at such a high degree) but then he is just a single little human, being unable to change this fact. Neither does he care a lot about his social status. What he cares a lot of is being his own boss — deciding what to do, when and where he wants instead of being told by someone.
Science is organized knowledge.
This is what the doctorate study is all about — this section provides information of all aspects with regards to the project or links may found, that point to other locations on the net, which are nonetheless considered part of the research projects interests.
The project can be shortly described with a few keywords for first time reader so gain a notion of what the research project is about and what it cares about aside from pure scientific research:
on the legal, financial and philosophical part:
on the organizational part:
collaborative, geographically distributed working
on the technical part:
A modular software architecture, providing a distributed computing and information traveling system on top of of-the-shelf hardware as well as hardware specific to certain industrial or expert applications is needed. This software solution stack, ranging from atop the hardware, across the userland and its applications to where man machine interaction is done needs to meet certain requirements:
Find the best
solution to let .NET and the C as well as C++ parts (OS, libraries for the distributed and real-time userspace tasks, etc.) interact and build a solid software stack providing all of the above mentioned requirements.
This is where I drop in all stuff that I come along on my daily walks through the net, conversations, etc. Please be aware of the fact, that everything in here might look a bit confusing an really-fast-done because it is true — whenever I find something useful, I just grab it and drop in the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for example. I then go over it from time to time and sort, clean up and fill the skeleton with some meat in order to be easier for me and others to understand the context of the information dropped into that place.
At some point in the future, the research project will provide Open Access or a similar project with knowledge in form of writings.
Certain URLs I came across that might be worth reading. Those are all with regards to what do and what not when it comes to defend some thesis of whatsoever. However, some is just considered fun... My advice/experience in the matter is
There are lots of more hints provided by those URLs below — some of which are serious and others of which makes us grin.
1. As of now (August 2007) this URL (Uniform Resource Locator) shows a interesting graph about the distribution of degrees equal or higher than a Bachelor degree. Note the drastic drop from transition from Bachelor to Masters and further on to Doctorate.
2. The first out of two M.Sc. studies Markus Gattol graduated in was electrical engineering with majors towards automation. The second study out of two master degrees he finished successfully (this one with distinction (magna cum laude)) was computer science with majors in OS (Operating System) design and AI (Artificial Intelligence). In Germany/Austria/Switzerland etc. gaining a bachelor degree followed by a masters degree usually takes 5 or more years in whole to finish. However, one can do a number of independent studies in parallel (as I did) if eager/crazy enough. By gaining a masters degree one usually also gains his admission for a doctorate study i.e. PhD.
3. The expected duration is 4+ years.