HSE Launches Two New Specializations in Computer Science on Coursera
‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ and ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ are English-language specializations, both created with the support of the top Russian IT firm Yandex, while the specialization ‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ was developed with the involvement of the University of California at San Diego.
The authors of ‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ are Mikhail Levin (HSE, Yandex), Vladimir Podolskii (HSE), Alexander Kulikov (University of California, San Diego), and Alexander Shen, Guest Lecturer from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
In addition to the study of mathematical aspects, the authors aim to help students understand the nature of proof from a mathematical point of view.
‘It is important that students learn about different methods and ideas of reasoning, as well as the ability to distinguish proofs and infer their own ones,’ says Vladimir Podolskii, Head of the Big Data and Information Retrieval School. He notes: ‘It’s not a trivial problem to teach these skills online, as there are fewer opportunities for feedback than during full-time courses. Bearing this in mind, we have included interactive tasks and puzzles in our courses. It’s interesting experience to solve them, as they make you think about the possibilities of a particular structure, see the obstacles to developing arguments or models, and notice key ideas, which later can be transformed into proofs.’
The ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ specialization was developed by a team of 22 expert authors. It includes seven courses.
The first course, ‘Introduction to Deep Learning’, introduces students to deep neural networks and their architectures for the overall purpose of analyzing images and texts. Other courses within this specialization are connected with this concept in one way or another.
Furthermore, three courses ‘Introduction to Reinforcement Learning’, ‘Deep Learning for Computer Vision’ and ‘Natural Language Processing’ are dedicated to specific issues related to machine learning.
The course ‘Bayesian Methods for Machine Learning’, which was created with the support of the International Laboratory of Deep Learning and Bayesian Methods, provides instruction on the basics of the Bayesian approach and its possible applications for training and developing deep neural networks.
Furthermore, two courses are focused on practical issues. For instance, while studying the course ‘How to Win a Data Science Competition: Learn from Top Kagglers’, the winners of competitions in data analysis speak about using advanced machine learning methods and the best ways of achieve optimal results in practical tasks. For instance, when taking part in the ‘Addressing Large Hadron Collider Challenges by Machine Learning’ course, students learn approaches to solving complex tasks, which often might not work with standard machine learning methods, or whereby the subject may require very specific models. In particular, students get to investigate and analyze data from the Large Hadron Collider.
‘Data science is rapidly developing, and education doesn’t always catch up,’ says Evgeny Sokolov, Deputy Head of the Big Data and Information Retrieval School. He states: ‘At the start of 21st century, classic machine learning methods were successfully used in business, but courses in machine learning have only become widespread in recent years. Certain new areas, for example, deep learning or reinforcement learning, are only now emerging and appearing in university programmes. And with our specialization, students can learn about the latest advances in artificial intelligence, as well as be capable of applying the latest machine learning methods and gain experience in solving problems with respect to non-standard situations.’
A new English-taught course offered by the HSE Faculty of Computer Science kicks off on Coursera on July 17, 2017: Mobile Interaction Design: How to Design Usable Mobile Products and Services. Its author is Pavel Manakhov, Associate Professor at the HSE School of Software Engineering and Lead Interaction Designer at UsabilityLab.
The number of people subscribing to HSE’s online courses on Coursera, one of the world’s most popular online learning platforms, has reached 1 million. Users represent nearly the entire globe, with HSE courses being taken in nearly 200 countries.
A team of specialists from the educational platform Coursera visited the Higher School of Economics for the first time ever this April. The group was made up of Coursera’s Regional Manager Inessa Roman-Pogorzhelskaya, Content Partnerships Manager Nathan Hite, and Teaching & Learning Specialist Alexandra Urban, and during their time at the university they met with HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin, Online Learning Director Evgeny Kulik, and staff from the eLearning Office. The two teams discussed Coursera’s development strategy, as well as HSE’s future cooperation with the online platform.
On March 29-31 of this year, the online learning platform Coursera held its fifth annual Coursera Partners Conference called Innovation for Tomorrow’s Learners at the University of Colorado, and the conference saw the participation of our colleagues from the HSE eLearning Office.
The aim of the course is to obtain the idea of the lexicon as a complex system and to get the methodology of the typological approach to the lexicon cross-linguistically, as well as to learn about the general mechanisms of semantic shift and their typological relevance.
As of today, HSE offers 46 courses on Coursera, an international online education platform, and one third of them are English-taught. This means that HSE is one of the Top 10 universities by the number of online courses offered on that platform.
On June 30, the world's largest online education platform Coursera is switching to a new website offering a reduced list of available courses. Only those courses that are outdated and which the platform’s partner universities have not decided to renew will be eliminated. Any users who have yet to complete these courses are advised to download the remaining lectures and to self-study.
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.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
At the HSE Faculty of Economics Professor Marek Dabrowski teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. Global trends are changing and everything from consumer goods to life insurance is available online. Should education follow the trend of immediate online access or is there a special path for it? In December 2014 the course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies was launched on Coursera. Could it help students from less developed countries achieve their career goals? HSE online student magazine Read Square has asked Professor Dabrowski to share his ideas.