Get the Maximum out of Studying at HSE
Vladimir Gromov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Business Informatics (now the School of Business Informatics). Completed his Masters on the Double Diploma programme at HSE and TU/e — Eindhoven Technical University.Currently lives in the Netherlands and works as a software engineer with UL Transaction Security.
— What are your memories from HSE — do you particularly remember certain teachers, courses or any extracurricular events?
— From my first degree, I particularly remember the mathematics and software design courses. Sergey Avdoshin’s seminar on discrete mathematics was absolutely fascinating. Sergey Mikhailovich taught me a great deal - he helped me write my coursework and final dissertation. And he advised me on studying at TU/e.
I have strong memories of the Business Informatics Faculty summer expedition where we spent time with our classmates out in the wilds of nature. I particularly enjoyed the competitive orienteering.
— How did you decide to study for your masters in the Netherlands? Was it one of your teachers who influenced your choice?
— I decided to study in the Netherlands because the department proposed taking part in a Double Diploma where you spend the first year in Moscow and the second in Eindhoven. I was attracted by the chance of getting to know more about the European education system and way of life and by the opportunity to practice my English. Sergey Avdoshin’s recommendation to try it put all doubts out of my mind.
— You defended your Master’s thesis while you were on an internship at PwC. What were you working on? Was it hard to get into PwC?
— The key to writing your Master’s dissertation is finding an advisor who looks for suitable companies. Otherwise, you can do it without a company but in coordination with the university. Getting into a company is not a problem so long as your professor writes you a good reference. Sometimes it depends on your professor’s personal contacts with a company. With PwC you just have to get through the interview, and numerical and verbal reasoning tests. For help writing the dissertation, besides asking your supervisor you can go to a mentor - usually another professor or in my case, a PhD student. My dissertation was on process mining.
— What advice would you give to someone studying at HSE now?
— Try to understand what it is you want to do in life and work towards it. Take the maximum from studying at HSE, it offers you a lot of opportunities not to be missed.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
Bruno Bauwens, an expert in Kolmogorov complexity, is a new recruit at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science. He started in September 2015. Bruno received his PhD from Ghent University in Belgium, after which he held postdoctoral fellowships at Porto University (Portugal), as well as at the University of Montpellier and University of Lorraine.
An important step in integrating the university into the global educational, scientific and research space is the expansion of international recruiting. Since its very first year, the Faculty of Computer Science at the Higher School of Economics has had a foreign professor working on staff. In 2015, four internationally recruited experts teach and conduct research in the faculty.
The Summer School on Machine Learning in High Energy Physics, which was co-organised by the HSE Faculty of Computer Science and Russian internet company Yandex, has ended. Below, the Head of HSE's Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis, Andrey Ustyuzhanin, talks about the various ways in which physicists and programmers cooperate. He also discusses how researchers from HSE and Yandex have been participating in CERN experiments and how ordinary smartphone users can help unravel the secrets of the universe.
The Faculty of Computer Science is only one year old – it was founded March 28, 2014 – but it already has a rich history and ambitious plans. Ivan Arzhantsev, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, spoke to The HSE Look about highlights from the past year, current research focuses, and the faculty’s plans for the future.
Two HSE students have won the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, founded by Google to support women studying computer technology. The scholarship is awarded for academic achievement, leadership qualities and interest in computer sciences.
HSE and Yandex have opened a laboratory for methods of Big Data analysis at the HSE Computer Science Faculty (LAMBDA). The purpose of the new academic research lab is to create a world-class research centre to solve fundamental issues in computer science and develop methods for processing and analysing Big Data.
The HSE Faculty of Computer Science, where international specialists teach alongside Russian professors and one Master’s programme on systems and programming engineering is taught entirely in English, has launched a public colloquium. The colloquium — a faculty-wide seminar — is a platform for teachers, research fellows, graduates and undergraduates and anyone interested in computer science to discuss and exchange opinions and information. The only rule for the colloquium is that whoever wants to talk about their new research results or issues related to computing must use language that everyone can understand.
The Summer School on Operational Research and Applications, which took place as part of the International Conference on Network Analysis, ended on May 18 at HSE’s campus in Nizhny Novgorod.