Duke ECE Graduate Student Workshop

The 2016 Duke ECE 5th Annual Graduate Student Workshop will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Trent Semans Center Great Hall on Research Drive on the Duke medical campus.


This annual academic event brings together graduate students from each of our curricular groups to showcase their recent research accomplishments to peers and faculty from throughout the department. Students will present a series of 15-minute talks throughout the day, as well as exhibit posters at our afternoon poster session. In addition, we'll hear from ECE faculty and alumni about their successful research endeavors.


  • Kick off the academic year by celebrating Duke ECE’s research accomplishments and goals
  • Embrace Pratt’s interdisciplinary emphasis by learning about research outside of your curricular area
  • Share your research accomplishments with your peers
  • Earn a chance at travel award prizes for the most outstanding talks and posters
  • Mingle with new ECE graduate students
  • Enjoy meals and socialize with ECE faculty and classmates that you don’t often see
  • Get Duke ECE swag!

Registration Information

All attendees must register using this Registration link. Registration will remain open through September 7, 2016.

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Please remember that submitting an abstract does not automatically register you for the event; we ask each participant to complete the registration form separately.

Abstract Submission

Duke ECE PhD, MS, and MEng Students are highly encouraged to submit abstracts for featured talks and for the poster session. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, September 9, 2016. Presenters will receive acceptance notifications by September 12, 2016. 

Submit abstracts at this Abstract Submission link.

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The top talks and posters of the day will earn prizes in the form of travel awards:

  • $2,500 and $1,500 travel awards given for the top two oral presentations
  • $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 travel awards given for the top three poster presentations

Note: All Participants (students as well as faculty) will vote for top posters and talks, so consider how you can impress your full audience!

Event Agenda

Full agenda will be added here soon!

Keynote Speaker 

To Be Announced.

Alumni Speaker

Dr. Boyla Mainsah (Spring ’16) was advised by Dr. Leslie Collins.

The ECE Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2015‐16 goes to Boyla Mainsah for her dissertation Adaptive Brain‐ Computer Interface Systems For Communication in People with Severe Neuromuscular Disabilities. Boyla, who worked under the advisement of Dr. Leslie Collins, completed her PhD degree in just over 4 years, securing accolades like the ECE Department’s Kristina M. Johnson Fellowship along the way. Both Dr. Collins and Dr. Galen Reeves, who was a member of her preliminary exam and dissertation committees, commended Boyla’s theoretical and experimental talents as well as her . Upon leaving Duke, Boyla had published four papers in peer‐reviewed journals presented at ten conferences (2 invited), and had several other papers and book chapters in various stages of the publication process. We are thrilled that Boyla will soon return to Duke to work as a postdoc in Dr. Collins’ lab. We hope she will join us as the alumna speaker at the Duke Graduate Student Workshop in September to receive her award. Please join us in congratulating Boyla on this well‐deserved recognition.

Meals and Refreshments

Two meals and afternoon hors d’oeuvres will be served, and an open beer and wine bar will be available during the cocktail hour and dinner.

Full conference attendance will provide

  • Catered lunch buffet
  • Snacks and coffee through the day and between presentation sessions
  • Cocktail reception during the poster session
  • Catered dinner buffet and dessert

Transportation and Parking

We expect that you'll use your campus transportation arrangements, as the location is directly across from the engineering complex. Paid parking is avaible in the Bryan Center lot (PG4).


Contact Amy Kostrewa or Tony Strimple if you have any specific needs or concerns about conference attendance.