ForewordOur lab at Kazan Federal University is the leading Russian research group in the area of Semantic Web, and one of the leading Russian academic research groups in natural language processing and information retrieval.
Recently, we have had a fruitful in-house discussion about ways to boost our research productivity. I herewith would like to provide some of the insights (after making proper generalizations) that may be useful for emerging and not well established labs in computer science from elsewhere (not only in Russia). These principles are as follows (the order is rather haphazard):
1) Aligning the research schedule with leading conferences' deadlines
2) Organizing access to powerful machines for real-world experiments
3) Boosting collaboration between departments and labs at university
4) Boosting collaboration between researchers in the lab
Finally, regular research seminars about current progress are also important. Inviting speakers from other universities and companies from industry (financially supported if necessary) is a good practice I saw at Emory University (USA). The similar Russian initiative is perhaps Computer Science club in St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and, since recently, in Kazan.