MATH
OF
MACHINE
LEARNING
O.MML
Olympiad & MSc Degree
at Skoltech & HSE
Skoltech and HSE invite students in their last year of math- and IT-related bachelor's studies to compete in solving advanced challenges in machine learning as part of the Math of Machine Learning Olympiad 2021. Applications are accepted by the end of the day on April 20th, 2021.

Winners of the Olympiad will get a huge round of applause, prizes from the organizers and automatic enrollment into the joint Master's program of HSE and Skoltech "Math of Machine Learning". Winning the Olympiad is equivalent to passing the program's selection for admission.
This olympiad was formerly known as "Statistical Learning Theory", but in 2021 Skoltech and HSE decided to rename both the competition and the master's program. Now you will will find it under "Math of Machine Learning".
Finalists announcement:
May 4, 2021
The final round:
May 15-16, 2021
The official language:
English
Format and location:
Online
Why participate
The main goal of the participation in the Olympiad is admission to the Joint Master's Program in Mathematics of Machine Learning offered by HSE and Skoltech. This program prepares specialists and researchers in the key theoretical unit of ML, one of the fastest-growing fields of information technology.
This program knows no equals at the current Russian universities. It lies at the confluence of statistics, optimization, and machine learning. It unites science and the most advanced technologies in the field of information technology. We offer our graduates great opportunities in the academic domain as well as in business and innovation.
Dr. Vladimir Spokoiny
Head of the program, Professor at Skoltech and at HSE Department of Mathematics and Economics, Humboldt University and Weierstrass Institute
How to participate
Graduates and senior bachelor's students pursuing Bachelor's, Specialist's or Master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Information Science or related fields can participate in the Olympiad.

To apply, please fill out the application and upload all the necessary documents here:
Online selection round
Online selection round includes portfolio competition. It is required to upload the following documents in the online application system by 11:59 PM on April 20:
    CV in English
    Academic transcript or supplement to bachelor's/specialist's/master's diploma
    Motivation letter in English (500-1000 words)
    One recommendation letter from a supervisor or academic advisor (original in any language and translation into Russian done by an applicant)
    Description of research projects or publications in peer-reviewed journals (if applicable)
    Awards, certificates, diplomas for winning field-oriented competitions, Olympiads or participating in conferences
    Final round
    The final round will be held for two days (May 15-16) and include three selection components:
    Written test in Mathematics
    (click here to see last year test sample)
    Interview with professors from HSE and Skoltech
    Paper-based English exam TOEFL ITP
    If you win
    Winning the Olympiad will be equated with obtaining the highest possible score for the entrance examinations for the Master's program in Mathematics of Machine Learning offered at HSE and Math of Machine Learning track of the Master's program in Data Science offered at Skoltech.

    The Program starts on September 1, 2021.
    MML Olympiad Experience
    Meet Aleksandr Rubashevskii, a Skoltech PhD student and graduate of a Skoltech-HSE joint Master's program Math of Machine Learning. After his Bachelor's studies, Aleksandr was in the search of a high-class machine learning experience. He applied for the Olympiad and has never looked back. Read his story >>
    FAQ
    How will my portfolio be evaluated
    during the online selection round?
    The result of the online selection round will be estimated by the amount of participants' points for each document in the portfolio in the following way:
    • CV: up to 10 points
    • Academic transcript or supplement to bachelor's/specialist's/master's diploma: up to 10 points
    • Motivation letter: up to 10 points
    • Recommendation letter: up to 10 points
    • Description of research projects or publications in peer-reviewed journals (if applicable): up to 10 points for each project/publication but not more than 30 points in total
    • Awards, certificates, diplomas for winning field-oriented competitions, Olympiads or participating in conferences: up to 10 points for each award but not more than 30 points in total
    What to expect at the
    final round of the Olympiad?
    The final round includes the following components: a written test in Mathematics, an interview with the members of the methodological panel and faculty of the Organizers, TOEFL ITP exam.
    How will the test
    in mathematics be organized?
    The test in Mathematics will be organized as so:
    • Olympiad participants will be asked to log in to an online testing platform
    • After confirming their identity, participants will be asked to solve the test. They may only use scratch paper.
    • The test will be proctored by the Olympiad admissions committee
    How will the interview
    be organized?
    Interview with the members of the methodological panel and faculty of the Organizers is conducted with each Participant for 15 minutes. For the interview, each Participant is required to prepare a presentation of their individual academic achievements. Time limit of the presentation is 5 minutes.
    How will the English exam
    be organized?
    Written English exam TOEFL ITP will be organized by the following procedure:
    • Written English exam TOEFL ITP will be organized by the following procedure:
    • Olympiad participants will be asked to log in to an online testing platform
    • After confirming their identity, participants will be asked to solve the English exam.
    • The test will be proctored by the TOEFL ITP administration.
    How can I learn
    my results?
    Based on the results of the Olympiad final round, the participants will be awarded with first-/second-/third-degree certificates. Winners of the Olympiad are the Participants who are awarded with the first-degree certificates. Prizewinners of the Olympiad are the Participants who are awarded with the second-degree and third-degree certificates. Winners and prizewinners are selected not later than two weeks after the final round of the Olympiad. The organizing committee documents the results in a protocol and informs each participant via email not later than two weeks after the Olympiad final round.
    What if I live in another city?
    The Olympiad will be conducted fully online, so you do not need to worry about traveling for it.
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    Contact
    Admission inquiries at Skoltech:
    hse-olymp@skoltech.ru

    Admission inquiries at HSE:
    iyakovleva@hse.ru

    You can visit us any day Monday through Friday from 9 AM till 6 PM.
    To visit us, please make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance by emailing us to admissions@skoltech.ru. Please make sure to receive an appointment confirmation.