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Invitation to participate in the conference "Lithuanian MSc Research in Informatics and ICT"

Are you a Master's student, or have you already completed your Master's degree? Would you like to present your Master's thesis research to colleagues from other universities? Participate in the scientific conference "Lithuanian MSc Research in Informatics and ICT", which will take place on May 9, 2023, at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (Gedimino pr. 3, Vilnius). The conference is open to the presentation of a wide range of research and applications in the field of informatics and IT.

2023 03 27 LMA306x180The conference is organised by the Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies of Vilnius University (https://www.mii.lt) and the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (http://www.lma.lt).

What should you do? Submit a paper of 4-6 pages or an extended 1-page abstract to by May 1. Papers and abstracts can be written in English or Lithuanian. The paper template can be downloaded from https://tinyurl.com/3w9ckxm4. Abstracts should follow the same template. Conference proceedings will be published before the conference. This could be your first published scientific paper. Previous conference proceedings can be found here and here.

What are the benefits? Firstly, it's great to feel you can do a lot. Secondly, you will be able to state in your Master's thesis that the research results were presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. This can be considered when the thesis is assessed.

2023 03 20 IT tyrimai210x139What next? If you enjoy tackling and solving interesting scientific problems, then a PhD is for you. When applying for a PhD, applicants are often assessed on whether they have published scientific work. Attending a conference and publishing a paper can be proof that you are ready for PhD studies.

The conference is open to first- and second-year Masters’ students and undergraduates who wish to attend and present their research results.

How much will it cost you? There is no conference registration fee.

Important dates:

May 1, 2023: Submission of papers and abstracts;

May 04, 2023: Notification of acceptance;

May 05, 2023: Announcement of the conference programme;

May 09, 2023: Conference.

Any questions? Contact the organisers.

Olga Kurasova

Julius Žilinskas

Jolita Bernatavičienė

Gintautas Dzemyda

 

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2023-03-27

Prof. Jonas Kubilius's Nominal Scholarship Competition

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Students are invited to apply for the Prof. Jonas Kubilius nominal scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2014 by the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (VU MIF) and the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Vilnius University (VU MIF ALUMNI). The scholarship aims to encourage talented and active VU MIF students. A scholarship of at least EUR 150 is awarded to at least two students in the spring semester.

Applications should be sent to no later than 10 April.

The student applying for the Scholarship must apply by 10 of April. The following documents must be submitted online to the VU MIF Studies Office (is.vu.lt -> eapplications -> Application for nominal scholarship (please specify the type of scolarship in the application):

- application for the prof.J. Kubilius Scholarship (Best Student or Most Active Student).

- a description of the activities carried out;

- references (optional);

- other factual information.

2023-03-22

The Faculty board elects Prof. P. Drungilas as the new Dean of MIF for a second term of office

The Board of Vilnius University (VU) Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (MIF) has elected Prof. Dr. Paulius Drungilas as the new Dean of MIF for the second term.

On 10 March, the Board of VU MIF voted for a new Dean of the MIF. The majority of votes favoured the current Dean of the Faculty. The new term of office will continue for five years.

According to Dr Šarūnas Repšys, chairman of the Election Commission, the election was conducted without irregularities. The candidate has received strong support from the MIF Board. More than half of the members of the Faculty Board voted for him: fifteen out of the sixteen voters present voted for him.

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Prof. Dr P. Drungilas has been a lifelong friend of mathematics. He started winning prizes in world mathematics Olympiads while studying at S. Daukantas Secondary School in Kretinga.

The newly elected Dean is pleased that the choice of mathematics studies at the Faculty is miscellaneous and varies from classical mathematics to data science: "The most important thing is that all studies develop abstract thinking, which is highly valued in the labour market".

2023-03-10

Violence and bullying: it's hard to admit that almost all of us have experienced it

Do you think that violence and bullying aren’t relevant to you? Let's stop here! We want to invite you to discover what students from Vilnius University (VU) Mathematics and Informatics (MIF) have learned in the international project Creative Emotional Journey.

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MIF International Studies Coordinator J. Krauledaitė at an event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

"First of all, it's hard to admit that almost all of us have experienced this, both directly and indirectly," says Augustina Petraitytė, a MIF student who participated in the project. Bullying and violence separate two poles: the strong and the weak. According to Ms. Petraitytė, the latter is not valued in society, so we often choose to ignore certain expressions of bullying and violence to maintain our value in society.

Anastasija Volkova adds: "For many, it is difficult not only to notice but also to acknowledge that there is a lot of violence and bullying in our environment. Perhaps there is a lack of tools and knowledge to recognize what is violence, what is bullying?"

Creative Emotional Journey: from an idea to a European recognition

Justina Krauledaitė, MIF's International Studies Coordinator, has been involved for two years in the Creative Emotional Journey project, which focuses on gender-based violence and bullying, and has involved other members of MIF's community. This is an Erasmus+ Key Action2 type project where partners from 4 countries (Spain, Italy, France, Greece) developed an educational methodology, a manual, and a selection of non-formal education tools on the topics of bullying and gender-based violence for youth workers and professionals who work with young people. Throughout the project, 75 participants from all five countries took part in a pilot training followed by a youth exchange in Italy with 25 young people.

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Moments from the event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

According to Ms. Krauledaitė, although the project has now ended, the partners are keen to continue their cooperation and are considering taking the project to a larger scale in the future, not only in Europe but also abroad.

The Creative Emotional Journey project is special because the methodologies developed are applicable in practice, the methodologies are available free of charge, and the methodologies are clearly understood and tested by people from different countries and cultures.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

Easier expressions of violence and bullying are the result of a normalised society

"Usually, topics about violence and bullying do not come up in natural conversations and are difficult to talk about, so when I heard the name of the project and the topics covered, I was curious about how to talk about such difficult topics in a different way from the usual way," says Ms. Petraitytė, the reason why she joined the Creative Emotional Journey project. She says that being part of the project has opened her eyes to the fact that these topics are very close to all of us - much closer than we think - and that some of the milder expressions of violence and bullying are normalised by society.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

Another participant, A. Volkova, noted that the term "bullying" itself is probably already a nuisance at school: "There are many projects and thematic lessons on this topic, and it becomes a kind of mystical phenomenon that doesn't seem to happen. However, bullying is a very real phenomenon, but perhaps sometimes there is a lack of more realistic examples of what people face, of tools to recognise violence and bullying, and of education on these topics." She points out that it is important to teach not only how to deal with the consequences, but also how to prevent them, starting at school. For example, a popular example is when boys grab girls by the scrubs and advise them not to tie them. It should be the other way around, talking to the abuser about the act itself and the consequences it creates.

Watching and doing nothing – as well as getting involved

Augustina and Anastasija, participants in the “Creative Emotional Journey” project, are unanimous in their belief that the topics of violence and bullying, no matter how much we may not want to admit it, are connected to each one of us. "During the project, I had the opportunity to learn about the different roots of violence and bullying and how it affects many different groups of people. At the same time, I also heard other participants' personal experiences, which gives me an even different, closer insight into the topic, a feeling for it, because it makes everything much closer, it doesn't just remain as something you've read or heard."

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Project participants Justina, Anastasija, Augustina, and Normantas in Italy | Photo from personal archive

"In my opinion, it is harder to spot people affected by violence and bullying in academia. However, we are older and more used to hiding our emotions. And when we arrive in a new environment we want to make a new life. So if we don't analyse our friends' behaviour and the problems they face, we won't notice whether they are being bullied or abused or not," says Petraitytė. When it comes to the signs that can help us assess this, she says, the main ones would be an apparent distrust and frustration with other people, a marked reluctance to violate personal boundaries, and a marked uncomfortableness in the face of this. The participant stresses that if these signs are observed, it is not possible to say with certainty that the person is experiencing violence and bullying.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

The Creative Emotional Journey methodology opens up avenues to start the conversation. According to Augustine, even though it is very difficult to have a conversation, we have many different unconventional ways to make it easier. "The main thing we can and should do is to be interested in the topic and talk about it. Observing violence or bullying and doing nothing about it is also engaging with the abuser. Even if you can't help directly, there are always other ways to help, so the circle is closed - we need to be interested and talk about it so that we can do it," adds Anastasija.

The final events of the project – a new stage in its action

Members of the Creative Emotional Journey team in Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Lithuania were invited to the final events of the project, which included not only a presentation of the methodology but also guest speakers.

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Moments from the event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

In Vilnius, the event brought participants under the vaults of Vilnius University to listen to Justina Krauledaitė's presentation "How do creative solutions help overcome emotional challenges?" Dovilė Masalskienė from the Women's Information Centre presented the situation of domestic violence in Lithuania, initiatives, and organisations that can be contacted for help. Inga Abramavičienė, a psychologist from the VU Community, told how everyone can help themselves and their loved ones to discover their inner problems. After the presentations, the participants were invited to a guided tour of the central ensemble of Vilnius University.

Although the content development phase of the project is now over, a new phase awaits it - embedding in organisations.

Find out more about the Creative Emotional Journey and the tools it developed here.

2023-03-02

Coherent Solutions named scholarships for VU MIF students

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To contribute to the growth of talent, the international company Coherent Solutions has established incentive scholarships for students of Vilnius University Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (VU MIF) who show the highest learning results.

"Our long-term strategic goal is to encourage young people to pursue a career in information technology. The IT market is highly competitive, but the demands on future employees are also growing. The strong theoretical foundation gained at university is the foundation for a future career, so this and other similar business initiatives are an additional incentive for students to achieve high results," says Lina Šiumetė, the company's Head of Lithuania.

L. Šiumetė says that the VU MIF student scholarships are allocated with a purpose: "Our company is constantly looking for programmers and data science specialists. We appreciate the quality and focus of studies at Vilnius University and decided to contribute to encouraging the most talented students educated here."

The scholarships are paid monthly from March to June. The best representative of each programme will receive 250 euros each month.

Students who have completed the first semester of their studies and have no debts or academic arrears are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

2023-02-28

VU CYBERTHON 2023: Joint Cyber Security Forum, Conference and Ethical Hacking Competition

On 23-25 February, for the third year in a row, Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty is organising VU CYBERTHON 2023, an online international cyber security competition for high school and university students, as well as cybersecurity experts. The scope of the event has been increasing each year, with the VU Institute of International Relations and Political Science joining the team in 2023 as well.

2023 02 22 Kibernetinis saugumas380x250The event is organised for educational purposes: in the context of an unstable geopolitical situation, the topics discussed in it are becoming more and more relevant on a global scale for both amateurs and professionals. Participants will be invited to explore cyber security topics, national and private sector cyber security challenges, analyse the cyber resilience and security situation in Lithuania, develop critical thinking and to use their creativity in solving various tasks prepared by the organisers.

On 23 February, 9:30 EET, the event will start with a live webcast of the cybersecurity forum How Secure is Lithuania's Cyberspace? (presented in Lithuanian). The two sessions will focus on national cyber capabilities, with panellists discussing the public and private sectors, their challenges and future developments. The state of Lithuania's cybersecurity, the most important innovations to ensure defence capabilities against cyberattacks and expectations for the future will be among the discussed topics.

On 24 February, 9:00 EET, the remote Cyber security conference will showcase research from higher education institutions, business-developed solutions and institutional expertise. The presentations will be streamed live on the Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty Twitch account. The guest speakers will present in English.

25 February is the day of the competition. Registered participants will have access to the task platform. You can participate individually or in teams. Participants are given 12 hours to solve the tasks, which will cover web application security, cryptography, steganography, information intelligence, computer network security, forensics and other areas, and will be presented in English. Highest scoring participants will be awarded with cash prizes.

The event has been continuously supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Lithuanian Forensic Expertise Centre. Traditionally, the cash prizes will be awarded by NORD Security.

Follow the link for more information and to register: https://www.cyberthon.lt/

2023-02-22

Registration for the "Science Sprint" Is Open

2023 02 07 Paskaita380x250On the eve of Vilnius university’s (VU) 444th birthday, we would like to invite you to participate in the “Scientific Sprint” competition!

This scientific communication event requires participants to present their research or scientific idea they find fascinating in 3 minutes. The authors of the best presentations will be awarded cash prizes. The teams chosen to compete will be able to participate in a special training course.

The competition will involve teams of 2 people: a member of the academic staff and a student. Each team will have to present a research idea or scientific interest in 3 minutes. We kindly invite you to form these teams, which must consist of a student from any academic year and area of study and a member of the academic staff. Teams should consist of a student at any level and a lecturer(s) or researcher(s). Once you have received your team member's agreement, please register your team before 3 March. All teams will receive an offer to participate in the training course.

CONDITIONS

Contestants will have up to 3 minutes to present: their own or other scientists' research OR a scientific idea that fascinates them.

There will be a jury panel comprised of representatives from various scientific fields and the media, who will consider the relevance of the research or idea, scientific accuracy, clarity of the message and the ability to speak about science in an entertaining fashion Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

You can register here until the 3rd of March.

If you would like to participate but are unsure whom to invite to join your team or have other questions, contact us: .

2023-02-07

Information about MIF e-mail

Please be informed that on 30th January the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics staff email accounts will be moved to a new server. Please note that this may cause malfunctions and make email communication more difficult.

The Outlook application should configure itself automatically. Otherwise (if an error message appears), simply restart Outlook and re-enter your login details.

After the migration, you will be able to access your email account via your web browser at https://outlook.office.com/mail.

If Outlook stops working on mobile devices, remove your existing email account and reconfigure it.

Please follow the instructions if you need help:

If you encounter problems, please contact your faculty IT administrators or ITPC.

2023-01-27

 

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