June 14 to June 20, 2020 | Higher School of Economics | Moscow



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Elizaveta Sivak
Elizaveta Sivak is a director of the Center for Modern Childhood Research at Higher School of Economics. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods to study childhood and parenting. Her main research interests are concerned with modern parenting cultures, children’s behavior and social networks, factors influencing children’s psychological well-being, and how we can study behavior, attitudes and psychological well-being using digital traces. She is also interested in gender and educational inequality, and sociology of science.
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Sofia Dokuka
Sofia Dokuka is Research Fellow in the Computational social science lab at Higher School of Economics. Her research interests include social networks, agent-based models and computational social science. Her academic work focuses on social networks in online environment and education, individual well-being and people analytics. In her recent research Sofia is investigating the interaction between sleep patterns and academic performance based on survey data and digital traces.
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Ivan Smirnov
Ivan Smirnov is Head of the Computational Social Science Lab and Leading Research Fellow at Higher School of Economics. He employs data science to better understand human behavior and complex social phenomena. His main research focus is on inequality and well-being in the digital age.


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Lev Manovich
Dr. Lev Manovich is one the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide, and a pioneer in application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. Manovich is the author and editor of 13 books including AI Aesthetics, Theories of Software Culture, Instagram and Contemporary Image, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database and The Language of New Media which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." He was included in the list of '25 People Shaping the Future of Design' in 2013 and the list of '50 Most Interesting People Building the Future' in 2014. Manovich is a Presidential Professor in PhD Program in Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab that pioneered analysis of visual culture using computational methods. The lab created projects for Museum of Modern Art (NYC), New York Public Library, Google and other clients.
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Marc Santolini
Marc Santolini is a long-term research fellow and team leader at CRI research (Paris) and a visiting researcher at the Barabasi Lab (Network Science Institute at Northeastern University, Boston). He is also the co-founder of Just One Giant Lab, a nonprofit initiative aimed at developing decentralized open science challenges using smart digital tools. Trained as a theoretical physicist at ENS Paris and Princeton University, he developed a strong interest in the universal organisational properties observed in real-world networks in various domains, leading him to work as a postdoc at the Barabasi Lab in Northeastern Univeristy and Harvard Medical School. He now leads a team at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris to unravel how communities innovate, learn and solve complex problems using network approaches on large empirical datasets, with the end goal to develop tools fostering collective intelligence for social impact.

Teaching Assistants

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Anastasia Karpova
Anastasia is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in economics from Higher school of economics (HSE). She was a teaching assistant for many statistical and data science courses at HSE. She is interested in computational methods in macroeconomics, marketing and social sciences.
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Alex Knorre
Alex Knorre is a Ph.D. student in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an affiliated researcher for the Institute for the Rule of Law at the European University at Saint Petersburg. Alex is interested in illegal online drug markets, gun violence, and Russian criminal justice, and extensively uses R for his research.


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