Leading Researcher at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science Coordinates New Experiment at CERN
Fedor Ratnikov, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA), has been appointed project coordinator in the SHiP collaboration. He will be responsible for developing and designing the detector’s active magnetic radiation shielding.
Search for Hidden Particles (SHiP) is a new experiment using the Super Proton Synchrotron accelerator (SPS CERN) - the second largest machine in CERN’s accelerator complex. The aim of the experiment is to search for particles hidden outside the Standard Model. Described by a large number of theories, these particles have eluded observation in other experiments carried out to date with the Large Hadron Collider, due to their unusual properties.
The SHiP experiment searches for very weakly interacting long-lived particles - heavy neutral leptons, particles of the hidden sector, light supersymmetric particles. The high intensity of the SPS CERN and, in particular, the abundant production of charmed mesons, make it possible to study a wide range of light long-lived exotic particles. In addition, the SHiP experiment is ideally suited to examining the properties of tau neutrinos. These particles will help shed light on the nature of dark matter, neutrino oscillations and the origin of baryon asymmetry in the universe.
Only a few weeks ago, HSE became an associate member of the LHCb collaboration at the European Nuclear Research Center.
‘Coordinators have to be able to solve both scientific and organizational tasks,’ Fedor Ratnikov said. ‘HSE, as a new coordinator, has therefore been recognized as a strong and active university within CERN. We will have access to unique data and new possibilities to solve current problems in particle physics. We will also deal with new and unique tasks. It is science in its purest form.’
The SHiP experiment team is currently being formed and the experiment itself will be launched in 2026. According to Fedor Ratnikov, SHiP is one of five new experiments which hold a lot of potential for the future of science. Most efforts are currently focused on building the new detector. The LAMBDA team, for its part, will continue to optimize the protection magnets.
The HSE Academic Council announced that Sergey Pekarski, Head of the Department of Theoretical Economics, will take over as Dean of Faculty from Oleg Zamulin, who will join Sberbank’s Centre of Macroeconomic Research as Director. Professor Zamulin will retain his position of professor at the faculty and continue teaching.
The head of the HSE Institute of Education, Professor Isak Froumin, has joined the journal International Review of Education as a consulting editor. David Atchoarena, the publication’s editor-in-chief and the director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, recently informed the Institute of Education that he was extending this offer.
In order to research human capital, Lilia Ovcharova, a renowned scholar and expert on social policy, has been appointed Vice Rector responsible for applied human capital research at HSE. Human capital development studies are key priority for our university.
Italy’s Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano made HSE Banking Institute Director Vasily Solodkov a Knight of the Italian Order of the Star for his exceptional scholarly contribution to the advancement and development of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and Russia.
Tenured HSE Professor Fuad Aleskerov, who is the head of the Faculty of Economic Sciences’ Department of Mathematics, has become a member of the Informatics section of the Academia Europaea.
Alexander Tonevitsky, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Biology and Biotechnologies and corresponding member of the RAS, was awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Scientist of the Russian Federation. The awards ceremony was held in the Kremlin on November 27.
Academic Supervisors of HSE programmes have been awarded bonuses for activities contributing to the university’s development. Active attraction of international students to HSE has become one of the assessment criteria.
The 7th Moscow International Forum ‘Open Innovations.’ which took place from October 15 – 17 in Skolkovo, included an exhibition on the results of research carried out by academic institutions, small enterprises and leading universities, including HSE.
On June 29, the third graduation ceremony for the double-degree Master’s programme in Big Data Systems (HSE, Russia) and Information Systems Management (UAS Technikum Wien, Austria) was hosted at the Austrian Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow. Dr. Hartmut Koller-Lenhardt, Chancellor at the Embassy of Austria in Moscow, gave the opening address. He congratulated the graduates on their successful completion of the programme and stressed the importance of cooperation between the universities in regards to cultural and professional communication and connections.