3 Minutes Thesis Competition

IEEE ICSIPA 2019 will feature an additional event for the first time – 3 Minutes Thesis Competition. Graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in this competition during the conference.

  1. Open to all PhD students (free for registered conference participant)
  2. Non registered conference student participant may enter the competition but will be charge on a daily rate.
  3. Other rules will be updated later.

Call for 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How to Participate

To participate the students will have to submit a 2-page summary  of the main contributions of their PhD thesis along with a short CV and a support letter from their thesis supervisor to icsipa@ieee.org (kindly write – 3MT IEEE ICSIPA 2019 at the subject header). The submitted summary should be single authored by the applicant who must still be a PhD student at submission time. The submitted summaries will undergo a peer-review process and high-quality submissions will be shortlisted for onsite presentation during IEEE ICSIPA 2019 in front of a committee consisting of world-renowned experts from academia and industry. Presentations will follow a 3 Minutes Thesis  contest format and students will have to present their thesis within three minutes using a single slide as an aide. The final winner will be selected based on both the summary and the oral presentation.

Students are also encouraged to submit regular paper(s) in the main track of the conference and can provide paper submission numbers in their online application. The form also requires the submission of keywords that reflect the topic of the thesis.

Priority will be given to students at a more advanced stage of their PhD studies. Applicant must still be a PhD student in September 2019. See detailed rules of the competition below.

The Required Documents Include

  • A 2-page summary of the PhD thesis emphasizing novel aspects and contributions to the respective field
  • A short CV with an explicit list of publications
  • A recommendation letter from the student’s PhD advisor, to verify that the student is a PhD student in September 2019


Submission of Research Summary:  June 15, 2019
Notification of Shortlisting: July 15, 2019
Confirmation of participation by shortlisted applicants: August 15, 2019
Event: September 18, 2019

Participation Rules for Competition

The 3MT IEEE ICSIPA 2019 competition will be performed according to the following basic rules:

  • Eligibility: candidates should be PhD students in September 2019
  • The competition will be announced in both ICSIPA and related web pages
  • Organisers reserve the right to disseminate the call for participation in other venues including (but not limited to) mailing lists and social media
  • Every participant is required to submit a 2-page summary of his PhD, following the same template as the one of the conference papers. In case one of the finalists decides to attend ICSIPA 2019 to participate in the 3MT
  • contest day alone, only one day registration will be requested. Students with accepted papers in the (main ICSIPA) conference are not required to make any additional registration
  • The shortlisting selection will be carried out by the 3MT Committee based on the submitted summary, CV and status of the student
  • Final confirmation of acceptance is subject to registration and participation confirmation (of the student)
  • The final contest will take place during IEEE ICSIPA 2019
  • The organizers reserve the right to collect audio-visual material at the day of presentation for media coverage
  • Presentation rules and judging criteria:
    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
    • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
    • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
    • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
    • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
    • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


For any enquiry, please contact us at icsipa@ieee.org

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norliza Mohd Noor (UTM) (norliza@utm.my)



Important Submission Dates

Special Session Proposal Submission:
28 Feb 2019;

Full Paper Submission:
31 March 2019
15 April 2019;

Special Session Submission:
30 April 2019;

Notification of Acceptance:
15 May 2019;

Early Bird Registration:
15 June 2019;

Registration/Camera Ready:
15 July 2019;


17-19 Sept 2019.


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