Fuad Aleskerov Elected to Academia Europaea
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.
Founded in 1988, the Academia Europaea is split into 21 different sections and includes nearly 3,800 of the world’s leading scholars, of which over 70 are Nobel laureates.
It is no accident Fuad Aleskerov was elected to the Informatics section in particular. The mathematical models he has developed can be applied not only in economics, but also in computer science, public administration, info-metrics, biology, and more. At HSE he teaches courses in five bachelor’s and master’s programmes within three faculties. He is also the head of the International Laboratory of Decision Choice and Analysis.
‘I was never interested in simple problems with ready-made models where you just have to put in data and get a result. It is much more interesting to develop your own methods,’ Professor Aleskerov says in the latest edition of Research at HSE: For School and for Life. ‘Even now, I tell my students that being a scientist is like being a detective: it’s constantly solving riddles – big and small.’
In 2018 Aleskerov published three articles in first-quartile journals – that is, the most prestigious publications in the academic world – as well as several chapters in academic books. This includes a study on possible oil spills and their potential consequences in the Barents Sea. The mathematical model was built that factors in the work of drilling rigs, the direction of sea currents, wind, ice movement, and other aspects. The model identifies the zones with the highest risk of ecological catastrophe and ways to mitigate a disaster. Another study offers a model that allows countries to allocate zones of interest in the Arctic to avoid conflicts.
The official ceremony to welcome the new members to the Academia Europaea took place in Barcelona on November 28 as part of the 30th annual plenary conference.
Other HSE researches have previously been elected to the Informatics section of the Academia Europaea, including Tenured Professor Boris Mirkin and Faculty of Computer Science Professor Nikolay Vereshchagin. Another tenured HSE professor, Oleg Budnitskii, is part of the History and Archaeology section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.