The HSE has Become a Member of the WWW Consortium
The Higher School of Economics has become the first Russian organization to join the World Wide Web Consortium.
Every time you type ‘www’ in the address line of your web browser, you are using the results of work of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The Consortium was created in 1994 as a consultation body for computer industry leaders. The largest international companies and research organizations use W3C to ensure the compatibility of their products and the implementation of new technology standards. Currently more than 350 organizations from 29 countries are members of the consortium. They include such giants as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, HP, Google and Facebook. W3C brings together the latest experience and cutting-edge solutions related to the web, and the most renowned experts in this area participate in its work. The consortium is led by Timothy Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the web and author of many developments in IT. The most successful example of the consortium’s work is the standardization of hypertext markup language (HTML) in 1996, which was a crucial step in the development of the Internet.
The HSE has signed an agreement to participate in the World Wide Web Consortium and has become the first Russian organization on the list of W3C members. Now HSE representatives can actively participate in the activities of W3C working groups, and give their suggestions as well as getting feedback on their work and receiving materials and solutions prepared by these groups.
The W3C believes that in the future, the development of the internet will be related to the concept of the Semantic Web. This is an addition to the existing Web,and is aimed at making the information placed on the internet more ‘comprehensible’ for computers. This means that software programmes will be able to find the necessary resources, process information, generalize data, reveal logical connections, make conclusions and then even take decisions based on those conclusions. It is believed that the Semantic Web will be a revolution for the web, and will create a new global informational infrastructure and lead to a more effective use of the snowballing volume of information currently available, including unstructured information.
Within the HSE, the Institute of Information Technologies is responsible for organizing our interaction with the consortium.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.