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May 18, 2014

Nizhny Novgorod Hosts World Experts in Computer Science

The Summer School on Operational Research and Applications, which took place as part of the International Conference on Network Analysis, ended on May 18 at HSE’s campus in Nizhny Novgorod.

Both the conference and the summer school were jointly organized by the Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Networks Analysis (LATNA) and the business informatics and applied mathematics faculties of the Nizhny Novgorod campus. The events brought together the world’s leading experts in the field of computer science, including Mauricio G. C. Resende, the creator of the famous GRASP (Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Procedures) algorithm for solving complex tasks in operations research and an expert for the U.S.’s largest telecommunications company; Nenad Mladenovic, the creator of the VNS (Variable Neighborhood Search) algorithm for operations research and visiting professor at the University of Valenciennes (France); Professor Theodore Trafalis of the University of Oklahoma (U.S.); Professor Vladimir Boginski of Florida State University (U.S.); Professor Pat Muldowney of the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland); and Professor Leonidas Pitsoulis, a well-known specialist on matroid theory, which brings together graphs, linearly independent systems in the vector space and elements of combinatorics, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Nizhny Novgorod was specifically chosen to serve as a platform for discussing contemporary problems in computer science. Academics from HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus contribute to the advancement of computer science and conduct scientific research at the international level with foreign partners.

The conference was opened by LATNA laboratory supervisor Panos Pardalos, who is also a professor at the University of Florida (U.S.). Along with LATNA’s junior employees, students presented the results of their research to leading world experts at the conference and summer school, and they also listened to a series of lectures on contemporary problems in computer science that were presented by internationally recognized leaders in this field.