The Ilya Segalovich Award

The Ilya Segalovich Award is a scholarship established by Yandex to reward academic achievement and encourage scientific advancement in the key areas of the company’s expertise. This scholarship is awarded to graduate and postgraduate students or academic advisors delivering cutting-edge research across state-funded academic institutions in Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan in one of these fields:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Information Search and Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation
  • Speech Synthesis and Speech Recognition

The first award ceremony took place April 10, 2019. Applications for 2020 will close January 13, 2020. You can apply for the Ilya Segalovich Award or nominate your academic advisor for this award.

Yandex Research

Yandex Research

The Ilya Segalovich Award recognizes and supports research in the key areas of Yandex's own expertise. Some of the top specialists in computer science and related fields work at Yandex. They have a consistent track record of articles published in recognized academic journals and talks delivered at the most prestigious industry conferences, including NIPS, ICML, and KDD. The key areas of their research are artificial intelligence, algorithms and computational economics. Yandex researchers innovate and work on problems that haven't got a solution, yet. The algorithms, methods and technologies that they have created are being used across many Yandex products, including the search engine, intelligent voice assistant, and self-driving cars.

Eligibility and evaluation

The eligible candidates for the Ilya Segalovich Award are young researchers or academic advisors affiliated to state-funded academic or research institutions in Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan. The judging panel consists of members of the Award Committee and Yandex researchers.

Researcher candidates

Graduate or postgraduate students in state-funded academic programs who have published articles or delivered presentations at conferences and will continue their studies in the academic year following the year of application. The candidates should apply for the award personally.

The recipient of the award will be paid 350,000 rubles (excluding personal income tax) over the course of ten months starting from September 2020 until June 2021 in monthly installments of 35,000 rubles each.

The awardee will also have an opportunity to participate in an international conference on artificial intelligence and will receive an offer for an internship, a personal mentor at Yandex and funds in the amount of RUB 10,000 for using the crowdsourcing platform Yandex.Toloka for a research.

Academic advisor candidates

Advisors* for diplomas and doctoral theses with a PhD or higher academic degree and published research papers and intend to continue their academic work in the academic year of their nomination, as well as the following academic year. The candidates should be nominated by graduate or undergraduate students for their work with young researchers and contribution to scientific community.

The recipient of the award will be paid 700,000 rubles (excluding personal income tax) over the course of ten months starting from September 2020 until June 2021 in monthly installments of 70,000 rubles each.

*The candidates who have published commercial research in the past two years, or candidates affiliated to an academic or research institution outside of Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan, are ineligible for the award.

Laureates

2020
2019

Researchers

Denis Volkhonskiy
Denis Volkhonskiy
Skoltech
Artyom Gadetsky
Artyom Gadetsky
HSE
Vage Egiazarian
Vage Egiazarian
Skoltech
Dmitry Ivanov
Dmitry Ivanov
HSE (Saint Petersburg)
Dmitry Kovalev
Dmitry Kovalev
MIPT
Aleksander Lyzhov
Aleksander Lyzhov
HSE
Larisa Markeeva
Larisa Markeeva
MIPT
Vyacheslav Shalamov
Vyacheslav Shalamov
ITMO University
Anastasia Yanina
Anastasia Yanina
MIPT

Academic advisors

Evgeny Burnayev
Evgeny Burnayev
Skoltech
Aleksander Gasnikov
Aleksander Gasnikov
MIPT
Sergey Obiedkov
Sergey Obiedkov
HSE

Award committee

Arkady Volozh
Arkady Volozh
Yandex CEO
Mikhail Parakhin
Mikhail Parakhin
Corporate Vice President of Technology
at Microsof
Elena Bunina
Elena Bunina
Yandex CEO in Russia,
Director of HR and Educational
Programs, DSc
Mikhail Bilenko
Mikhail Bilenko
Head of Machine Intelligence
and Research
Ilya Muchnik
Ilya Muchnik
Professor Emeritus of Rutgers
University, NJ, Academic Director
of the Yandex School of Data Analysis
Alexander Krainov
Alexander Krainov
Head of Machine Intelligence Lab
Stanislav Smirnov
Stanislav Smirnov
Professor of Geneva University,
St. Petersburg State University,
Skoltech, PhD
Alexei A. Efros
Alexei A. Efros
Professor of University of California,
Berkeley, DSc