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I'm a PhD student in computer science.

A few days before I started my PhD, my supervisor sent me a new proposal which was a different topic from the one that I proposed in the application. I had no option, rather to agree. After a few months, I started realizing my main supervisor was not specialized in the research area. I started to have a doubt about him. However, with some idea, I passed my proposal defence in my first year. He didn't know what the hell I was doing.

A few months later after my proposal defence, He called me and talked to suggesting to remove him as the supervisor by giving some excuse that he didn't want to simply in the supervisor team without contributing anything. I'm not sure whether this is the right reason or just an excuse to leave me. I changed my supervisor to someone who has no knowledge at all in the area and still doesn't understand the area till now. I had to change my supervisor since the previous supervisor asked me to do so.

Now, I'm in my third year. I'm still not clear with what I'm doing. I'm still working on the idea. The idea is like something to solve a particular problem using a particular approach. I have tried some existing algorithms, it seems it they don't work well. These algorithms have not been applied in my area. I'm benchmarking the results of those algorithms.

I haven't developed any new algorithm so far. I haven't came out with any novel work so far.

What should I do?

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  • How many supervisors do you have? – FirefoxMetzger Mar 22 '20 at 6:07
  • @Aqee, why you put in such situation, why you didnot switch program and work with knowledgable people, all I can say, maybe seek to have knowledgable co-supervisor, it sounds the only option here. – user116038 Mar 22 '20 at 17:17
  • @FirefoxMetzger I have three: (1) The main supervisor knows nothing, we always have meeting. But my main supervisor just asking general things and publications, keep pushing me to publish so that my work is strong enogugh to be considered as a PhD. It seems his only indicator about my work whehter good or not is based on publication, not based on his evaluation. Obviously he cannot evaluate as he deson't know what I'm doing, – Aqee Mar 23 '20 at 2:07
  • @FirefoxMetzger (2) Co-supervisor is not an expert in the area. (3) Co-sopuvisor who also doesn't know the area. The probvlem will all of them are they don't really undeerstand what I'm doing, not even trying to understand. The ex-supervisor who brought me in is also like them, that's why he 'left' me. There is no expert in my area at my university as this is a new area. – Aqee Mar 23 '20 at 2:07
  • @Erik my university is only small. So, not so many people can supervise me. I got the topic from my ex-supervisor who brought me in. My area is new, and that's why he sent a new proposal to me a few days before I started my PhD (as mentioned above). Maybe he interested in that area but has no specialized knowledge. I tried to find external supervisor from other local universities, but I couldn't find someone who has worked in that area. – Aqee Mar 23 '20 at 2:11

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