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Sergei Lando

  • Tenured Professor (2016)
  • Distinguished Professor (2018)
  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Sergei Lando has been at HSE University since 2008.

Education and Degrees

  • 2006

    Doctor of Sciences* in Geometry and Topology
    Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 1986

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Geometry and Topology
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1984

    Doctoral programme in Mathematics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mechanics and Mathematics

  • 1977

    Degree in Mathematics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mechanics and Mathematics

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2019, 2012, 2011


January 2008 till present: HSE Faculty of Mathematics, Professor, Dean

February 1996 till present: Department of Mathematics, RAS Institute of System Research, Senior Research Fellow

September 1991 till present: Moscow Independent University, Professor

November 1990 - January 1996: Institute of New Technology, Moscow, Leading Research Fellow

December 1984 - November 1990: RAS Institute of Software Systems, Pereslavl Zalessky, Yaroslavl Oblast, Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Laboratory, Leading Research Fellow

October 1977 - November 1981: Research Institute of  Control Machines and Systems, Perm, Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow

Temporary positions

Repeated collaboration (for periods of 1 to 4 months) with the Max Planck Institute of Mathematics (Bonn, Germany), as well as with universities in France (Bordeaux, Rennes), Germany (Bochum, Bielefeld), Sweden (Stokholm), the Netherlands (Utrecht), USA (Ohio), Canada (Toronto), and Great Britain (Liverpool).

Membership in professional societies

Moscow Mathematical Society, member of the board (since 2006)

American Mathematical Society

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Research interests

Singularity theory, low-dimensional topology, algebraic geometry, combinatorics

Editorial board membership

  • 2021: Member of the Editorial Board, Успехи математических наук (Russian Mathematical Surveys).

  • 2008: Member of the Editorial Board, Moscow Mathematical Journal.


  • 2022
    Квантовая интегрируемость и геометрия (Москва). Presentation: Skew characteristic polynomial of graphs and embedded graphs
  • 2021
    Nonlinear waves and Frobenius structures in geometry and physics (Москва). Presentation: Real Hurwitz numbers
  • Second Korean-Russian Conference on Knot Theory and related topics. Presentation: Lie algebras weight systems and graph invariants
  • Diffieties, Cohomological Physics, and Other Animals (Москва). Presentation: Polynomial graph invariants and the KP hierarchy
  • 2020
    • The Winter School on Integrable Systems and Representation Theory (Болонья). Presentation: Combinatorial Integrability
  • • Matematicke Kolokvium Karlov University Prague (Прага). Presentation: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Geometry in Combinatorial Problems
  • 2019
    New York University at Abu Dabi (Abu Dabi). Presentation: Integrability property of graph invariants
  • 9th Slovenian International Conference on Graph Theory (Блед). Presentation: Integrability property of graph invariants
  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOMETRIC ANALYSIS (Новосибирск). Presentation: Complex and real Hurwitz numbers: from symmetric groups to new algebras
  • Integrability Combinatorics And Representations (Тулон). Presentation: Integrability property of graph invariants
  • 2018

    Международная конференция «Алгебраическая топология, комбинаторика и математическая физика» (Москва). Presentation: Integrability property of polynomial graph invariants

  • The International Conference and PhD-Master Summer School on Graphs and Groups, Representations and Relations (Новосибирск). Presentation: Delta-matroids and Vassiliev invariants

  • Russian-Chinese Conference on Integrable Systems and Geometry (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Integrability property of polynomial graph invariants

  • Flat Surfaces and Algebraic Curves (Oberwolfach). Presentation: Universal cohomological expressions for singularity classes

  • Коллоквиум "Москва-Пиза" (Москва). Presentation: Algebraic combinatorial structures underlying finite order knot and link invariants
  • 2017

    On crossroads of analysis, algebra, and geometry or Boris' 60-th birthday (Стокгольм). Presentation: Polynomials: Real Hurwitz Numbers and Colored Jones

  • Galois Meets Newton: Algebraic and Geometric aspects of Singularity Theory (Реховот). Presentation: Combinatorial solutions to integrable hierarchies

  • Knots in Washington (Washington). Presentation: Delta-matroids and Vassiliev invariants

  • 2016
    Moduli spaces, integrable systems, and topological recursions (Монреаль). Presentation: On Dubrovin's Frobenius structures on Hurwitz spaces
  • Moduli, Integrability and Dynamics (Djursholm). Presentation: Computation of universal polynomials for characteristic classes of singularities
  • Комбинаторика инвариантов Васильева 2016-2017 (Москва). Presentation: Алгебра Хопфа хордовых диаграмм
  • Classical and quantum integrable systems and supersymmetry (Тянцзинь). Presentation: Combinatorial solutions to integrable hierarchy

  • 2014
    The Legacy of Vladimir Arnold (Торонто). Presentation: On graph invariants related to finite order knot invariants
  • 2013

    Integrable Systems an Moduli Spaces (


Employment history


January 2008 – present Professor, Dean Department of Mathematics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

 February 1996 – November 2010    Senior Researcher Institute for System Research                   Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

November 1990 -- January 1996 Leading Researcher Institute of New Technologies,              Moscow, Russia

September 1991 -- present Professor Higher College of Mathematics,                                Independent University of Moscow, Moscow, Russia; Deputy Rector

January 1989 -- November 1990   Leading Researcher, Program Systems Institute                          USSR Academy of Sciences, Pereslavl-Zalessky, USSR

 May 1988 -- January 1989    Head of Laboratory, Program Systems Institute                                 USSR Academy of Sciences, Pereslavl-Zalessky, USSR

January 1986 -- May 1988     Senior Researcher Program Systems Institute                                USSR Academy of Sciences, Pereslavl-Zalessky, USSR

December 1984 -- January 1986     Junior Researcher, Program Systems Institute                          USSR Academy of Sciences, Pereslavl-Zalessky, USSR

 October 1979 -- November 1981   Senior Researcher Research Institute of Controlling                  Machines and Systems, Perm, USSR

 October 1977 -- October 1979    Junior Researcher Research Institute of Controlling Machines and Systems, Perm, USSR

Timetable for today

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‘HSE Offers the Opportunity to Study Mathematics Alongside Renowned Mathematicians as Part of a Vibrant Research Community’

HSE University’s Faculty of Mathematics is one of the strongest in Russia, consistently ranking high on global university rankings. Its degree programmes attract the best students, not only from Russia, but also from around the world, by offering them a well-rounded mathematical education and a wide range of learning opportunities.  In an interview with HSE News Service, a Master’s student and an HSE alum talk about features of the HSE Master’s Programme in Mathematics.

HSE Faculty of Mathematics Receives Mega-Grant from the Russian Government

43 projects from all over the country were awarded grants in Russia’s Eighth Mega-Grant Competition. HSE University’s application in support of the creation of a world-class laboratory in mathematics was among the winners. The academic supervisor of the new laboratory will be Professor Michael Shapiro of Michigan State University (USA).

First International Recipient of DSc Degree in Mathematics From HSE University

Edmond W.H. Lee, a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Nova Southeastern University, USA, has recently defended his Doctor of Sciences (DSc) thesis at the Dissertation Council in Mathematics, HSE University. The DSc in Russia is a higher doctoral degree that can be earned after the PhD. Professor Lee’s defence was held over Zoom, with the candidate and his dissertation committee members participating remotely from 5 cities in Brazil, Israel, Russia, and the USA. Lee became the first international recipient of a DSc degree in Mathematics from HSE University.

Traditional summer math-school in Yaroslavl

9th summer school "Algebra and Geometry" for graduate and postgraduate students and young researches has finished

HSE Staff Members Receive University Awards

On January 18, several university staff members were awarded HSE medals and notes of acknowledgement from the Rector.

Summer Mathematics Programme Tailored to Students’ Research Interests

The HSE Summer University is off to a strong start this year, and one of its programmes – the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics – has already been met with considerable enthusiasm by participating students. Designed for undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics or related areas, participants work on research projects under the supervision of distinguished mathematicians.

HSE Staff Members Awarded Status of Tenured Professor

On June 22, several HSE lecturers and staff members were awarded the status of Tenured Professor at a meeting of HSE Academic Council. Sixteen HSE staff members became Distinguished Professors at the Higher School of Economics for the first time.

First PhD at HSE Received under New Procedure

On May 22, the first thesis for an HSE PhD degree was defended. Following the new procedure, mathematician Pavlo Gavrylenko defended his thesis on isomonodromic deformations and quantum theory.  This took place not before a big dissertation council, but a committee of experts in this particular field of mathematical physics.

Short Lists for Golden HSE

The second stage of the Golden HSE competition has come to an end, and the short-listed nominees have been announced.

‘HSE Offers Solutions Aimed at the Future…’

On November 27, the HSE Academic Council held an awards ceremony dedicated to the university’s 25th anniversary. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of the Russian President, members of government, and members of the Russian Federal Assembly. Governmental awards were given to a number of HSE employees for their tremendous accomplishments.

'I’ve Liked HSE and Moscow a Lot'

Carlos Cortez, a bronze medallist of the International Mathematical Olympiad (2011, 2012, 2013) and a Mathematics graduate of MIT, recently completed a two-month research internship at the HSE Faculty of Mathematics under the supervision of Professor Sergei Lando. He will soon be pursuing a Master’s degree at University Paris-Sud in France followed by a PhD at Northwestern University (USA).  The research internship was made possible through a cooperation agreement between MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) and HSE.

After Turning Down Offers in New York and Berlin, Chinese Student Pursues Mathematics Training at HSE

For DaoDao Yang, a native of Dali, China, choosing a programme in mathematics came down to the decision of where he felt most challenged and most comfortable. This ultimately meant turning down offers at New York University and the Berlin Mathematical School to accept an offer from the Master’s programme at the Higher School of Economics. In an extensive interview with the HSE news service, Dao Dao recently spoke about what led him to choose HSE for his postgraduate study; his impressions of the programme, its professors and his fellow students; and his future plans.

New Tenured Professors at HSE

On April 29, 2016 at the Academic Council meeting 25 HSE Professors were conferred the status of Tenured Professor.

'I’m Glad I Listened to My Heart'

A career in science and technology might sound appealing to the average Russian, but a recent survey showed that most Russians believe men are better suited for this line of work than women. The young women interviewed for this story, a mathematician and a programmer, are of a different opinion.

‘It Is a Great Experience – Being Happy for Your Students’ Success and Watching Them Outdo You’

On December 23, 2015, the 15th Golden HSE Award ceremony took place at the Central House of Artists.

Winners of the Golden HSE Announced

On December 23 the winners of the Golden HSE Awards were announced. The jury selected the winners in each of the main categories: Achievement in research, Contribution to the development of HSE, For kindness and personal involvement, Achievement in teaching and Alumni success in academic activity. Winners of the Silver Nestling were also announced during the ceremony.

Higher Education in Russia and Beyond: From Russia with Math

The sixth issue of HERB dedicated to mathematics is now available. There are three sections in the issue. The first section is devoted to the analysis of mathematical education in the USSR and modern Russia, the second one features the career opportunities for those, who received mathematical education in Russia, and the third section describes the current situation with mathematics in universities.

Math in Moscow Admits Students for Spring Semester

Math in Moscow, a joint programme run by the Independent University of Moscow, the Moscow Centre for Continuous Mathematical Education and the Higher School of Economics, is accepting applications for the spring 2016 semester until September 30. The Math in Moscow programme for international students has been giving young mathematicians from different countries the opportunity to learn from the best Russian teachers. All programme courses are taught in English.

Sergei Lando Celebrates His 60th Birthday

On July 9, Professor and first dean of the HSE’s Faculty of Mathematics Sergei Lando celebrates his 60th birthday.

Within Five Years of the Faculty’s Creation, the HSE Has Become the Leading Russian Institution of Higher Learning in Pure Mathematics

Several experts from the world’s leading universities make up the International Advisory Board at the HSE Faculty of Mathematics. They have inspected various aspects of the Faculty’s activity and summarized their findings in a recent report.