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.
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.
The Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation.
According to the decision of Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, fourteen HSE staff members were officially recognised by Moscow Government, with the awards being timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the university.
HSE will launch a new project called Data Culture in September 2017. Starting their very first year, HSE bachelor’s students will learn to work with data, and students in a number of programmes will also become familiarised with methods of machine-learning and artificial intelligence.
On October 28, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) held a meeting to announce the results of elections of new members: 176 scholars were selected as academicians, and 323 scholars as corresponding members. HSE researchers are among the new RAS members.
Leading researcher at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, respected Russian Italian studies specialist and expert on literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Mikhail Andreev, has been made Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
First Graduates Complete Double-degree Master’s Programme in Big Data Systems and Information Systems Management
On June 27, 2016, the first graduation ceremony for the double-degree Master’s programme in Big Data Systems and Information Systems Management was held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The ceremony marks three years of successful collaboration between HSE and University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
Andrey Okounkov, Academic Supervisor of the International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics, has been elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Master’s programme in Big Data Systems at the Higher School of Economics focuses on the value aspect of big data for large enterprises and the implementation of big data technology in enterprises. Two current students of the programme share their thoughts about what drew them to HSE to study big data, what they hope to gain from the programme and what advice they would give to prospective international students.