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Fourth Semi-final of Season Five of HSE Science Battles

The last finalist will be determined on October 2

The fourth semi-final of the fifth season of HSE Science Battles will be held on October 2 in the Community space on the Kosmodamianskaya Embankment. The book theme of the season continues with ‘utopia’: this time, the audience will find themselves in a perfect scientific world, where speakers will act as candidates for the role of head of the Department of Science.

Here’s a brief overview of students’ projects. The projects will be presented in Russian.

Marker Genes: How to Predict Cancer

Marina Maslyakova, 4th-year student of the ‘Cell and Molecular Biotechnology’ programme

We know that special macromolecules—micro-RNA—are involved in oncological processes. Marina's research was based on experimental data about the presence of these molecules in patient tissue samples. Using bioinformatics methods and mathematical models, Marina identified the clearest biomarkers, which help to make a prognosis of cancer development.

‘Storage Overflow’—How Brain Clogged ‘RAM’ Hinders Decision Making

Svetlana Salomasova, 4th-year student of the ‘Psychology’ programme

We make decisions every day. Some of them are easy for us, and some of them make us feel stuck. Sometimes, even choosing a yogurt in a supermarket can be a serious challenge if our brain is busy with other things at that moment. Having recreated a trip to the supermarket, Svetlana tested the assumption that an overflow of our brain’s ‘RAM’ complicates the decision-making process.

2D Crystal Modelling, or Is It Really Necessary to Train Neural Networks

Ignat Romanov, 4th-year student of the ‘Applied Mathematics and Information Science’ programme

In his research, Ignat looked for a way to predict the properties of two-dimensional crystals by their structure. There are physical simulators working on it, but they work quite slowly. Ignat studied whether neural networks can be used instead of physical simulations, and whether is it possible to reduce the amount of information for training without quality loss.

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Date and time: October 2, 18:00

Location: Community Space, 2, Kosmodamianskaya embankment

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