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HSE CSS is cancelled

Dear collegues, 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have to cancel the Summer School in July 2020. We hope that the situation will get better next year, and we'll manage to organize the Summer School in July 2021. 

For inquires, please contact ykabanov@hse.ru

HSE - СSS 2020 is an academic and educational event, aimed at mastering computational social science methods and developing international collaboration of scholars in the related fields. It is held to help students in advancing their research skills, to discuss their current research and give a valuable feedback on it from the prominent CSS experts. The program of the school includes two major tracks: Methods Track and Research Track.

Methods Track is a two-module track organized for intermediate and advanced students. Each module consists of three parallel courses, 2 ECTS each (38 contact hours) and participate in a series of the keynote lectures by invited speakers. Also, students will have an opportunity to develop their own project.

Research Track is a two-week session (2 ECTS) held for the students who are already familiar with the CCS Methods and currently working on the research related to some of the CSS Methods.

Why to join HSE – CSS 2020:

  • Small study groups with an individual approach and collaborative teaching environment
  • ECTS credits for the courses (2 ECTS per 1 module)
  • Instructors with high-ranked international publications on CSS and excellent teaching experience
  • Flexibility in extra activities: participate in a group project or update your research during the school
  • Opportunities to publish your paper after the School


The provisional schedule of the weeks is the following:

  • 10:30 – 13:00 – Lectures
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00 – Workshops / Self-Study / Extra Project activities

First Module (11.07. – 14.07)

Second Module (16.07. – 19.07)

Research Track

This track is designed as a series of workshops where students can present and discuss their projects, as well as get a valuable feedback from the professors and improve their research. The track starts with flash presentations of the participants’ research project, and ends with a poster session, where students will demonstrate their updated research with the use of the skills acquired during the school. The track is coordinated by Prof. Daniil Alexandrov and led by faculty members of the HSE – St. Petersburg and invited speakers.

During the track we will discuss seven important issues:

  1. Principles of the CSS Research Design
  2. Science Mapping
  3. Statistical Inference & Experimental Research
  4. Causal and Interpretable Machine Learning Models
  5. Texts and Networks in CSS
  6. Advanced Visualization for CCS
  7. Poster Design

Extra Activities

Extra Projects: all courses of the both tracks have extra project opportunities. Students may collaborate on a group research project related to the new method, attend guest lectures and workshops or get individual consultations regarding the method or their research.

Publications: best papers presented at the Research Track will be accepted for the publication in the Proceedings by an international publishing house, upon review.


Daniil A. Alexandrov

Department of Sociology: Professor

Denis Bulygin

Department of Informatics: Lecturer

Ilya Musabirov

Department of Informatics: Senior Lecturer

Alena Suvorova

Department of Informatics: Associate Professor

Ksenia Tenisheva

Department of Sociology: Senior Lecturer

Anastasiya Kuznetsova

Department of Informatics: Visiting Scholar



1. Important Dates

2. Participation Fees

3. Eligibility and Application

4. Visa Issues

5. Accommodation


Yury Kabanov

HSE CSS Coordinator, ykabanov@hse.ru