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Skoltech's Tatiana Podladchikova Receives Honors

Tatiana Podladchikova (Photo by Olivier Boulvin & Skoltech)

According to the news from Skoltech and Skolkovo, Dr. Tatiana Podladchikova was presented with the honor at a ceremony at the 12th European Space Weather Week in Belgium yesterday. The doctor's work has significantly advanced the field of space weather prediction, according to the news. The award was presented to Podladchikova by Alexander Razumov (feature image), the director of the Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo. The medal goes to young researchers in the field, and in the Skoltech scientists case, for developing stunning new capabilities for filtering previously unusable data. 

Dr. Podladchikova's research has been in the realm of extracting useful signals from what once seemed only "space noise." By developing a new Kalman filtering model, the scientist has fascilitated real-time reconstruction of the radiation belts around the Earth. Using new techniques powered by this filtering, scientists can now predict solar activity and magnetic storms far more accurately. This capability allows for far better forecasting for such things as navigation, moving object trajectories, and even advanced research into solar physics and geomagnetism. 

Last year, Dr. Podladchikova’s post doctoral work focused on a joint project in between Skoltech, UCLA and MIT, aimed at solving this predictability problem. This current award comes as a culmination to part of her research within  this field. With this new research, the Skoltech scientist has essentially empowered a whole new sphere of Earth forecasts in weather and even ocean dynamics. 

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university at Sklokovo, Russia. Established back in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates international scientists and innovators in order to help usher in technologies that address humankind's most pressing problems and potential.