NEWSRAU Mobility Students Won in the Best Idea Category at Open Science Hackathon in Sweden


RAU Mobility Students Won in the Best Idea Category at Open Science Hackathon in Sweden

RAU mobility students George Gevorkyan (RAU Institute of Engineering and Physics) and Eliz Sargsyan (RAU Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science) who are studying at the Linnaeus University this spring semester, participated in Open.Science.Hack, a 24-hour hackathon that took place in Växjö, Sweden, on  April 6-7, 2019. 
The hackathon, aiming to promote open science and open source, is Vaxjo’s biggest IT event and was organised by local networks – Kodkollektivet, Spiik, WiTech and Vxodev – and the researchers at Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA). More than 50 people – students, business professionals and researchers – came together in Växjö to programme and to be inspired by each other.
During the hackathon, eight teams got to dig into different data sets related to diabetes networks on Twitter, discussions of the 2016 US Election on Reddit, events from the ALTO Very-High-Energy gamma-ray detector project, and annotated images of Common Objects in Context.
There, RAU students teamed up with a local senior programmer and won in the category Best IdeaUsing their knowledge of physics and machine learning methods, they analyzed data of particles (muons) coming from outer space.
Jury included innovation lead from Södra (one of the biggest wood technology companies in Sweden) and a researcher from a gamma-ray observatory. 
In addition, RAU students have been invited to continue and present their work at Big Data conference in Kalmar on  December 5-6, 2019.