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International Laboratory for Mirror Symmetry and Automorphic Forms

The new International Laboratory for Mirror Symmetry and Automorphic Forms will open at HSE’s Faculty of Mathematics in 2017. This project, overseen by Ludmil Katzarkov (Professor at the University of Miami), won the Fifth Mega-Grants Competition of the Government of the Russian Federation.

HSE Faculty of Mathematics is the only one of its kind in the country. In 2017, it will be operating three laboratories focused on fundamental mathematics, two of which have been developed as part of a global scientific programme with federal support for scientific research.

Katzarkov’s project aims at developing a new cutting edge area of mathematics — Mirror Symmetry and Categorical Kähler Geometry. Mirror Symmetry, as a foundational attribute of models used in elementary particles theory, was discovered by physicists in 1990s. The starting point of this project is Homological Mirror Symmetry. This was conjectured by Kontsevich and originated in physics as a duality between superconformal quantum field theories. Furthermore, Homological Mirror Symmetry was studied by Katzarkov along with mathematicians of the Moscow School of Algebraic Geometry. Therefore, the new laboratory will collaborate with the Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry (Fedor Bogomolov and Alexandr Kuznetzov). Categorical Kähler Geometry is deeply related to the physical theories of Mirror Symmetry, which, in turn, are closely related to those developed by the Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics (under Andrey Okounkov and Boris Feigin).

The need for convergence of ideas from mathematics and physics is driven by the fact that physics of elementary particles stands on the verge of a major breakthrough thanks to new experimental data obtained on the Large Hadron Collider. This data should help experts to identify which quantum field theories best address the issues posed by high energy physics. Furthermore, basic mathematical research is necessary for developing the technical framework of modern physical theories. The major aim of this project consists of creating a new centre for combining mathematics and physics at the HSE Faculty of Mathematics.

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Projects have won the competition for the creation of international laboratories at HSE University for the period from December 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.

Two HSE Projects Win ‘Mega-Grant’ Competition

A ‘Mega-Grant’ Competition for ground-breaking research projects funded by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education was held for the seventh time, and this year’s competition winners included two projects that will be based at HSE University campuses. One research group will study dynamic systems at HSE – Nizhny Novgorod, and a new social neurobiology laboratory will begin work at HSE University in Moscow.

Interdisciplinary Research: New Prospects for Philosophy

What connects philosophers, linguists, and logicians? How do you develop partnerships with dozens of foreign research centres in just six months? Can science exist in isolation from the outside world? Elena Dragalina-Chernaya, Head of the International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics, and Formal Philosophy, discusses these and other issues.

‘We Have Not Yet Fully Understood How Languages ​​Work, and We Are Already Losing 90% of Their Diversity’

Why might a grandmother and her grandson not understand each other? Why would linguists want to go to Dagestan? Is it possible to save the less commonly spoken languages of small nations and Russian dialects? Nina Dobrushina, Head of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory answered these questions in an interview with HSE News Service.


proposals for new international laboratories at HSE University have been received from researchers from Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Norway, the USA, Estonia, and Japan.

HSE Students Take 3rd Place at International Mathematics Competition for University Students

The International Mathematics Competition for University Students was held in Bulgaria from June 28th to August 3rd, 2019. 360 students from 77 teams from all over the world took part in one of the most prestigious student competitions in mathematics. Teams from the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics represented HSE University at the event.

‘Our Whole Life Is a Dynamic System’

Recently the Laboratory of Topological Methods in Dynamics, which is headed by Professor Olga Pochinka on HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus, received international status. Professor Pochinka spoke with the HSE News Service about the applied use of research in fundamental mathematics and her grand plans for the future.  This interview is the first of a special series on HSE’s international laboratories.

‘Math is Beautiful’

Anna Kozhina, a Research Assistant at HSE’s international Laboratory of Stochastic Analysis and its Applications, earned her PhD at Heidelberg University in Germany with highest distinction and earned an academic degree of the first category  from HSE’s new Dissertation Committee. This year Anna’s dissertation was awarded the Wilma-Moser prize, which recognizes the best work among female graduate students in the natural sciences. In an interview with HSE News Service, Anna discussed what made her fall in love with mathematics and how science keeps her on her toes.

HSE Opens International Laboratory 'Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective'

HSE’s new International Laboratory of ‘Russia’s Regions in Historical Perspective’ will study the social and political history of Russia’s regions from the 18th to the late 20th century.

Second Joint Olympiad in Statistical Learning Theory

Faculty of Computer Science of HSE and Skoltech are pleased to announce the launch of the second joint Olympiad in Statistical Learning Theory (SLT). The competition will be open to students specializing in the fields related to Applied Mathematics and Informatics. Following a pre-selection phase (application details below), the Olympiad final will be held at Skoltech on April 6-7, 2019.