MIEM HSE Student Wins Apple WWDC Scholarship
Artur Davletshin, fourth-year student in Informatics and Computer Hardware and Software at MIEM HSE (supervisor Aleksandr Romanov, Associate Professor at the School of Computer Engineering) has won a scholarship for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Artur will attend the WWDC in San Jose, California, from June 4 – 8.
The WWDC is an annual event where the company presents new versions of iOS and macOS, as well as renewed lineups of its products. Apple organizes the WWDC Scholarship competition for university students, school students, and members of other educational institutions around the globe, giving successful candidates the opportunity to attend this prestigious event. This year, participants had to develop an interactive visual scene in the Playground programming environment in Swift language. The main requirements included originality of the idea and ability to use various developer libraries and tools. Participants also had to write an essay sharing their ideas on computer science popularization.
‘For my project, I implemented an interactive presentation of the first iPHone, which is controlled by ClickWheel, not gestures,’ said Artur Davletshin. ‘The knowledge and skills I obtained in the programming course taught by Eduard Klyshinskiy and Aleksandr Romanov during my second year of studies was invaluable in putting it together. The online course in iOS apps development at HSE was also very helpful’.
At the WWDC conference, the competition winners will be shown around the Apple campus and will be able to talk to its staff as well as the other five thousand participants. They will also be among the first to try out the company’s innovations during special sessions and laboratory workshops.
As part of the Moscow International Education Fair, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with students who won medals at the biggest programming competition in the world. This global contest recently reached its conclusion in Portugal, and the prize winners include HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science team.
On December 1st and 2nd, the semifinals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for teams from the Northern Eurasia region were held. HSE teams from St. Petersburg (8th place) and the Moscow-based Faculty of Computer Science (13th place) received first class certificates. Furthermore, the teams will represent HSE at the finals, which will be held in Portugal next year.
In late October, students from the HSE School of Business Informatics organised the second Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon hosted in Moscow. The participants of the event, which include students and alumni of Russian and foreign universities, developed IT solutions for Russian companies.
Major League Hacking (MLH) holds its events around the world, but this year is the first time MLH Local Hack Day is taking place in Russia thanks to the initiative of students from the Higher School of Economics. Participants of the hackathon developed IT solutions for some of Russia’s largest companies.
One of the teams successfully qualified for the world finals at the recent Northern Eurasia heat. The other will be attending the finals by special invitation.
A team from the HSE Faculty of Computer Science was one of the top-ranking teams in the semi-finals of a collegiate programming tournament held in St. Petersburg this year. HSE’s team will now compete in the finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is set to take place in the United States next May.
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.
On October 18, 2015 for the first time ever, the Faculty of Computer Science at HSE will host the quarter-finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, ACM ICPC along with two other Moscow universities.
The semi-finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) took place on December 7, and two teams from HSE received second place certificates. One of the teams was fastest at carrying out its task and made it to the finals, which will take place in Morocco in May 2015.