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Advice for Researchers 2009 NSF REU MAS-Net Based from findings in Dr. Dennis Bernstein’s student guides and lessons learned from Leslie C. Mounteer Jr. Leslie C. Mounteer Jr. 2009 – 07 - 15. Advice for Researchers. Do Quality Research Paper Writing Note Making

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leslie c mounteer jr 2009 07 15
Advice for Researchers2009 NSF REUMAS-NetBased from findings in Dr. Dennis Bernstein’s student guides and lessons learned from Leslie C. Mounteer Jr.

Leslie C. Mounteer Jr.

2009 – 07 - 15

advice for researchers
Advice for Researchers
  • Do Quality
    • Research
    • Paper Writing
    • Note Making
  • Treat research like a story (Presentations)
    • Keep it entertaining
    • Get the audience involved/interested
    • Avoid minute details and focus on general ideas
  • Teamwork
    • Get to know strengths and weaknesses
    • Maintain standard documentation practices
    • Meet regularly to update/maintain/and get future guidance
  • Bernstein, Dennis S. "Professor Bernstein's Advice on Getting Your Paper Published".1997:http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide.html
  • Bernstein, Dennis S. "Professor Bernstein's Top Ten Tips for Giving a Presentation".1997:http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide.html
  • Bernstein, Dennis S. "Professor Bernstein's Ten Steps to Writing a Paper". 1997:http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide.html
  • Bernstein, Dennis S. "Professor Bernstein's Top 13 Writing Tips". 1997:http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide.html
advice sides important points by jacob marsh

Advice SidesImportant PointsByJacob Marsh

July 15, 2009

All points were taken from advice-dennis.rar from Dr. Chen

“Write an excellent paper.

Clearly state the contribution of your paper. Show unequivocal improvement over prior work.

Write concisely and clearly. Cite prior work accurately and appropriately. Keep revising your paper…”

Take lots and lots of measurements that mean something which will help you qualitative analysis.
  • Recognize when you are tired and rest.
highlights from dr dennis bernstein s advice

Highlights from Dr. Dennis Bernstein's advice

Lindsey Stevens

July 14, 2009 Advice Meeting

Setting up a Control Laboratory
    • When setting up a control laboratory weigh your building versus buying options carefully. Buying off the shelf can be helpful in regulating educational experiments and allowing researchers to call a manufacturer in case of technical problems. The drawback to buying is that the researcher does not gain the insight from designing his/her own equipment. [1]
  • Getting Published
    • If a dispute arises between the writer and the reviewer, it is the writer’s responsibility to neutralize the conflict by contacting the editor and explaining the validity of the research, rather than continuing a debate. [2]
  • Peer Review
    • Participating in peer review is a moral obligation for researchers seeking publication themselves. The reviewer is responsible for reviewing the article for novelty, correctness, and significance within his or her understanding. [3]

[1] Bernstein, D.S., "Setting up and running a control research laboratory," Control Systems Magazine, IEEE , vol.23, no.5, pp. 14-19, Oct. 2003URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=1234647&isnumber=27678

[2]Bernstein, Dennis S.“Professor Bernstein's Advice on Getting Your Paper Published,” 1997 URL: http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide/getting_published.pdf

[3] Bernstein, D.S., "Peer review," Control Systems Magazine, IEEE , vol.20, no.3, pp. 8-11, Jun 2000URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=845033&isnumber=18317

Important Research Advices

Andrew Dalia

MAS-net REU 2009


Important Advice on Research
  • Aim to be as clear as possible
  • Always acknowledge and give regards to sources and previous researches whom you have received important insight/ideas from
  • Aim for perfection in terms of grammar, style, and conciseness to make it publishable quality
  • Attempt to make your research problem as interesting and stimulating for the audience and make sure to set the problem in perspective by giving background on issues related to the problem
  • “Professor Bernstein's Advice on Getting Your Paper Published” Dennis S. Bernstein, 1997
  • “Professor Bernstein's Top 13 Writing Tips” Dennis S. Bernstein, 1997
  • “Professor Bernstein's Ten Steps to Writing a Paper” Dennis S. Bernstein, 1997
  • “Professor Bernstein's Top Ten Tips for Giving a Presentation” Dennis S. Bernstein, 1997
  • “A Student’s Guide to Research” Dennis S. Bernstein, 1999
advice worth remembering

Advice Worth Remembering

3 Useful Quotes from

Dennis S. Bernstein

By Johnathan Nielsen

[email protected]


doing your own work
Doing Your Own Work

BYO (Build-Your-Own) experiments have the distinct advantage of forcing you to become familiar with the physics of the process, and this familiarity can provide insights into controller design and control theory. BYO also forces you to understand the restrictions and reality of engineering hardware in terms of sensors (resolution, bandwidth, linearity, drift, repeatability) and actuators (stroke, low signal bandwidth, high signal bandwidth, authority, linearity, hysteresis). –Setting Up and Running a Control Research Lab.

Doing your own work is not only ETHICAL…it is also the best way to learn something.

the benefit of experiments
The Benefit of Experiments

Control experiments allow one to practice the “outer-loop” of control design, namely, the specification, design, and implementation of sensors and actuators.

Control research without experiments is like music without sound.

have a point
Have a Point

The design of a control experiment must begin with an explicit control system objective.

You should always keep the end goal in mind.

great advise from dennis s bernstein

Great Advise from Dennis S. Bernstein

by Levi Rock

REU Week 6 Advice Meeting

July 15, 2009

let s shed some light on precision writing
Let’s Shed Some Light on Precision Writing
  • Some key characteristics of Precision Writing is (1) clarity and (2) conciseness (A Student’s Guide to Precision Writing, pg 1)
  • Guidelines to Write Precisely
    • Establish Frame of Reference
    • Terminology-important things, one name
    • No Ambiguity-hold down confusion
    • Fault Diagnosis-check for errors
    • Fault toleration-in case errors occur
    • Conciseness- not wordier than necessary
    • Compression and expansion
    • Spatial location, movement, and orientation-describe with precision
a student s guide to classical feedback
A Student’s Guide to Classical Feedback

Feedback is pervasive

Block Diagrams are not Circuit diagrams

Determine the equilibrium points and linearize

Check Stability first

Stable systems have a frequency response

Remember the loop transfer function

After stability performance is everything

Perfect performance is asymptotically possible

insightful ideas
Insightful Ideas
  • Brad Rogers
  • 2009 MAS-Net REU

7-15-2009 week 6 Presentation

[email protected]

  • “An unstable plant provides almost no opportunity for online identification”
  • “If normal stability does hold, there is still the problem of rolloff.”
  • Use impeccable logic, Spell perfectly, and Respect paragraphs
not as helpful
Not as Helpful


  • “Finding Problems is one of the most crucial things you can do as a researcher.”

“ In general, the best way to find good research problems is to do research. By doing research you will find that each advance leads to new ideas and new problems. of course this advice assumes you already have a good starting point.”

top three advices
Top Three Advices

Aaron Quitberg

[email protected]

July 15, 2009

Meeting on advices learned from Dennis S. Bernstein’s notes.

If a reviewer judges a paper to be of poor quality, s/he must give specific

examples to substantiate that opinion. If the reviewer judges the contents of a manuscript to be

insignificant, then s/he is obligated to demonstrate why that is the case. A review that says nothing

more than “not interesting" or “not surprising" is a non-review; it has no validity and should be

discarded without being transmitted to the authors. Reviews that fail to provide an objective basis

for their evaluation have no merit and can have no bearing on a publication decision.

Binary information. Some information is of the yes/no type, whereas other information is a matter of degree. This distinction is digital (binary) versus analog. Example: “The toaster is on. When the toaster is on, the coils are hotter than boiling water.” Do not say “relative” or “advantage” without saying relative to what or advantage over what.

Even after you submit your paper, continue to revise and improve it. If any new

information, results, or ideas come to light, include them in the paper. In that way you will be ready to revise the paper quickly once you receive the reviews. However, if significant extensions are achieved, then this should lead to another paper without expanding the scope of the first paper.