Russian visiting fellows @ UGent

(16-04-2018) Successful "Russia Platform visiting fellowship programme": several researchers from Russia in Ghent








Aleksandr Mosenkov, Department of Physics and astronomy, prof. Maarten Baes (26 March to 14 May 2018)

Aleksandr MosenkovAleksandr Mosenkov studied astronomy at the Saint Petersburg State University, where he also obtained a PhD for his research into the topic of the structure and dynamics of edge-on galaxies. He is currently senior researcher at the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Mosenkov: “My research at Ghent University will be focused on studying structural properties of nearby galaxies, including our own Milky Way. During my stay I will tightly collaborate with Prof. Maarten Baes who is a very talented scientist and has a great personality. I have worked with Prof. Baes some time ago and this was the reason why I applied for a research stay at Ghent University. I am about to carry out a structural analysis for a set of galaxies, based on different observations in a wide range of wavelengths. We hope that in the end we will recover the complex structure in the selected galaxies and try to link the obtained information to the formation and evolution in galaxies in general.”

Aleksandr Mosenkov will give a lecture on Thursday 19/04: “Non-exponential dust discs in DustPedia galaxies” (14.30h at the AstroCave, basement S9, De Sterre).

Ivan Ivanchei, Department of Experimental Psychology, Dr. Senne Braem (16 April to 15 May 2018)

Ivan IvancheiIvan Ivanchei graduated from the Psychology Department of the St. Petersburg State University in 2012 and obtained his PhD there in 2016. In his PhD project, he tried to investigate how people use their conscious and unconscious knowledge when they acquire some complex skills which are hardly verbalisable. In 2017 he got a postdoctoral position at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. His present work is related to building a model of metacognition in implicit learning. He tries to understand how people find out that they possess some knowledge and use it effectively being at the same time unable to verbalize this knowledge.

Dr. Ivanchei: “I applied for a research stay at UGent because it is a unique place with a high concentration of world-class scientists working close to my research field. People here not only study learning and cognitive control, they also investigate neural mechanisms of these processes, apply modern research techniques and mathematical modelling methods. What else can make a young scientist happy? My work assumes that our brain sometimes contains much more relevant information than we can consciously report. Here in Ghent, together with researchers from the Department of experimental psychology, we started a project aimed to detect these cases - when some regularities were already caught up by our brain but not yet manifested in the behaviour. I believe that this work promises very interesting findings in how humans learn complex skills. During my research stay at Ghent, I expect to get a work experience with prominent researchers using advanced research methods. I also hope to start a long-lasting and fruitful collaboration between researchers from Ghent and Moscow.”

Ivan Ivanchei is giving a seminar lab on April 19.

Alexander Karpov, Department of Data analysis and mathematical modelling, prof. Bernard De Baets (16 April to 31 May 2018)

Alexander KarpovAlexander Karpov graduated from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow in 2009. He obtained his PhD there in Mathematical and Instrumental Methods in Economics, on the subject of “Ordinal models for proportional representation”.

His research and teaching specializes in social choice, decision theory, mathematical economics. Although his main focus is microeconomics, Alexander Karpov works on operations research, computational social choice. Details on his research and teaching can be found here.

Dr. Karpov: “I chose Ghent University because they have a strong research group working on social choice theory at the Department of mathematical modelling and bioinformatics. This team has published several papers about preference profiles representations and monometrics rationalisations. My recent paper on “Group Decision and Negotiation” solves a very close problem. Now I am working on a paper where the central research problem is inspired by Prof. De Baets and dr. Perez-Fernandez’ research. I intend on successful joint research and long-term productive cooperation.”

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