In the program of the International Students Forum, much attention was paid to one of the most rapidly developing research areas: studies of computer games, the Internet and virtual worlds.On the 4th and 5th February the HSE hosted the International Student Research Forum at the campus on Kantemirovskaya Str.
Students share their impressions of the mini-conference “Social Studies of Games, Internet and Virtual Worlds”
This year, the annual student conference "Sociology in Action" became a part of the International Student Research Forum in St. Petersburg. At this forum, three sections were organized by the SELS staff and students. Our research assistant and student Denis Bulygin is sharing his impressions on one of them, "Social Studies of Games, Internet and Virtual Worlds".
The SELS staff and students presented their reports at the GESIS CSS Winter Symposium, which was dedicated to computational social science. The symposium was taking place in Cologne (Germany) from the 1st to the 3rd of December 2015.
On the 25th of November, Daniel Alexandrov was acting as an opponent at the defense of a doctoral thesis at the University of Tartu.
On the 19th of November, the SELS staff and students attended a seminar on the use of instrumental variables. The guest speaker was Viktor Lushin from New York University.
On November 5th, the head of the Laboratory Daniel Alexandrov presented a paper on school differentiation in Russia and parental strategies of school choice at the Institute of Analytical Sociology in Norrkoping (Sweden). The Institute of Analytical Sociology was opened recently at the Norrkoping campus of Linkoping University. The Institute deals with several topics close to the interests of our Laboratory: educational and labor mobility, ethnic segregation, school differentiation and its consequences.
The research of digital and virtual worlds, dubbed social informatics, is an actively developing research area in the Laboratory. Our staff and students have already presented the results of their research at international conferences in Barcelona, Cologne and Helsinki. This year, one of our projects has been presented at a conference in London. Denis Bulygin, an SESL research assistant, has recently returned from the annual international conference CHI PLAY, which took place in London between the 5th-7th of October. CHI PLAY is an international and interdisciplinary conference on “player-computer interaction”, which encompasses all areas of play and games within a broader context of human-computer interaction (HCI).
Between September 10th and 12th, the University of Tallinn hosted a conference on social inequality. The conference was organized by the European Consortium for Sociological Research. Ksenia Tenisheva and Ekaterina Mehnetsova from SESL were among the participants of the conference.
SESL research assistants Darya Kharkina and Denis Bulygin took part in the conference of young scientists, which took place at the Summer School in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR 2015)
This was the 9th year of the RuSSIR, but this time it also included a new topic of graph retrieval, and it was held at a new venue: the new campus of HSE in Kantemirovskaya Str.
ESA, one of the biggest annual European conferences, took place in August 2015. Participating in this event has become one of the SESL traditions. This year, SESL was represented by Vadim Voskresensky and Sonya Semenova, our two youngest members who just recently got their bachelor’s degree.