The Faculty of Computer Science was created in March 2014 with the ambitious goal of ultimately becoming one of the world’s top 30 faculties that prepare developers and researchers in the field of large data storage and processing.
The computer sciences (informatics, applied mathematics, and programming) are developing rapidly, and education in this area cannot always keep up with the changes and real needs of the IT industry. Understanding this problem, Yandex opened the School of Data Analysis almost seven years ago to provide additional training for master’s students. The company has now decided to extend this experience to bachelor’s students as well. Yandex has been working with the Higher School of Economics for a long time, and the HSE supports this initiative.
Yandex developed the concept of the faculty, and together with the HSE the two are formulating an educational programme. The head of Yandex’s academic programmes, Ivan Arzhantsev, has been named dean of the new faculty.
The new faculty will include three departments and three joint departments. Two of the departments have been formed on the basis of existing HSE divisions: the School of Software Engineering, headed by Sergey Avdoshin, and the Department of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence, overseen by Sergei Kuznetsov. Another department – the Department of Big Data and Information Retrieval – was created on the basis of the Joint Department with Yandex. The head of the Big Data and Information Retrieval Department will be Vladimir Podolskii, and of the Joint Department – Maxim Babenko. The new faculty also includes the Department of Technologies of Complex Systems Modeling – which was created in cooperation with the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences and will be headed by the institute’s director, Alexander Kuleshov, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences – and the Joint Department with the Institute for System Analysis of the Russian Academy of Science, headed by the director of the institute, Viktor Ivannicov, who is an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Faculty members include employees from tech companies such as Yandex and ABBYY, many of which have won championships like the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is the best standard for computer science education in Russia. Yandex will organize workshops, internships, and academic seminars and will also be a potential employer for the students. In addition, representatives from leading Russian IT groups – the Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Kharkevich IITP RAS), the Institute for Systems Analysis (ISA RAS), and the Dorodnitsyn Computing center (CC RAS) – will be involved in teaching at the faculty. Such individuals will also take part in developing topics for term papers, theses and research projects.
The Faculty of Computer Science will partner with several HSE departments focused on similar fields: the faculties of Business Informatics and Mathematics, the HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM), and the Department of Higher Mathematics of the Faculty of Economics.