Pham Cong Thang – Pursuing a Post-Doc in Computer Science
On September 12, Pham Cong Thang, who goes by Thang, arrived in Moscow to begin a post-doctoral fellowship at HSE’s International Laboratory of Deep Learning and Bayesian Methods (Faculty of Computer Science, Big Data and Information Retrieval School). Working under the supervision of Professor Dmitry Vetrov, Thang will focus primarily on text and image processing, and computer vision.
‘I am really excited about being at HSE’, he said. ‘HSE is a famous international university, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to work here’.
Originally from Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, Thang received both a Vietnamese and Russian government scholarship to study in Russia. He holds a specialist degree and a PhD he recently obtained from Tula State University in Russia.
‘I’m very interested in Bayesian methods; these are important directions of research at HSE. I think that my colleagues at HSE and I will work well together’, he said.
A fan of Mikhail Sholokhov’s And Quiet Flows the Don and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which he has read in Vietnamese, Thang is keen to learn more about Russian literature and history.
‘I have been in Russia for nine years’, he says. ‘During this time, I have been to Moscow several times. I think that my Russian is adequate for both daily living and work’.
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