22.04.2014 - 25.04.2014 | Prague
From 22 to 25 April, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Prague played host to the “Innovative Information Technologies” Conference. It was organised by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Rossotrudnichestvo, the Russian federal agency for cooperation.
This is the third year in a row that this event has been held, as part of implementing the Cooperation Agreement between HSE and Rossotrudnichestvo, with the support of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media.
More than 120 scientists, experts and business representatives from Austria, Belarus, Russia, the USA, Czech Republic and Switzerland came to Prague to take part in the conference’s proceedings.
The conference was opened by welcoming speeches from Leonid Gamza, Rosstrudnichestvo’s representative in the Czech Republic, Jiří Dvořák, College of Information Management, Business Administration and Law (Czech Republic), Sergei Sedoykin, Head of the eGovernment Division, Department of Information Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federal Government, Peter Holtmann, President of iNARTE (USA). Aleksandr Turov, the Russian Federation’s Trade Representative in the Czech Republic, Jozef Mraz, Director of the Academic Centre in Prague, Alexei Shelovsky, vice-principal of HSE and director of the Institute of Information Technologies, Jaroslav Halík, professor at the University of Economics, Prague and other participants.
All the speakers endorsed the importance and relevance of the conference from both a scientific and practical perspective. They mentioned in particular the importance of exchanges of experience and achievements and of the fastest possible implementation of state-of-the-art information technologies as part of training young specialists, greatly in demand for carrying out practical work.
A special welcome was extended to the participants and visitors to the conference by the Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Tyurin, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev, currently working on the International Space Station.
On the first day of proceedings after the plenary session, 15 lectures were given by scientists and experts from Russia (Moscow, Vladivostok, Dubna, Rostov-on-Don and Saratov), the USA and the Czech Republic.
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