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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Professor Lev Shchur, Academic Supervisor of the master's programme in Supercomputer Simulations in Science and Engineering, and Professor Hai-Qing Lin, Director of Beijing Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) have signed a cooperation agreement for implementing a joint research project in computational physics and high performance computing.
On July 17-23 the Third Machine Learning summer school organized by Yandex School of Data Analysis, Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and Imperial College London was held in Reading, UK. 60 students, doctoral students and researchers from 18 countries and 47 universities took part in the event.
Team HSE has taken second place at RuCTF - a leading information security competition. The championship was held in Ekaterinburg on April 14-17, 2017. RuCTF (‘Capture the Flag’) is an annual open all-Russian interuniversity competition and conference on information security. The event has been held annually since 2008.
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The Higher School of Economics and Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble Alpes University) have signed a cooperation agreement, initiated by HSE Faculty of Computer Science. Under the agreement the universities will organize academic exchange programmes, research and educational activities, and joint research projects.
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On June 20-27, the HSE Faculty of Computer Science teamed up with the Yandex School of Data Analysis to carry out the Second International Summer School in Machine Learning in High Energy Physics. This year’s Summer School took place in Lund, Sweden, and saw the participation of 60 students and researchers from Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, the U.S., Sweden, Switzerland, and more. Of these students, five came from the Higher School of Economics.