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    ITMO University Staff Win Government Award for Translational IT

    Alexander Boukhanovsky and the team

    ITMO University’s team headed by the Director of the School of Translational Information Technology Alexander Boukhanovsky received an award from the Government of the Russian Federation for the creation and implementation of "Complex Methods for the selection and training of highly quality personnel of a world-class level in the field of Information technology" known as ICT Excellence.

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    Professor Xi-Cheng Zhang Is Awarded by Selby Scientific Foundation

    Professor Xi-Cheng Zhang

    Xi-Cheng Zhang, head of ITMO’s International Institute "Photonics and Optical Information Technology", received a prestigious award by Selby Scientific Foundation established by Australian Academy of Science. Every year this award is given for only one international scientist.

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    ITMO got the Russian Federation Government Prize in Education of 2016

    Minister Olga Vasilyeva and ITMO Team

    The House of Government of the Russian Federation hosted the award ceremony for the Russian Federation Government Prize in Education of 2016. Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education and Science, and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets awarded the 19 laureates. Five awards were given to members of ITMO University for developing a complex procedure for selecting and training highly qualified world-class personnel in the field of Information Technologies.

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    ITMO University took first place in HackerRank

    HackerRank platform published the results of the UniversityCodeSprint, the international contest for programmers. This year ITMO University took first place (361.9 points) by a significant margin (the team placed 2nd got only 299.58 points).

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    ITMO University in QS World Subject Rankings for the First Time

    ITMO University

    The QS World University Rankings by Subject, carried out annually by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds, evaluates universities from 74 countries for 46 different subjects. The following indicators are included in the ranking: academic and employer reputation, number of research citations of the university and H-index.

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    ITMO Programmers Set Record with 7th Win at ACM ICPC

    Ivan Belonogov, Ilya Zban, Andrey Stankevich and Vladimir Smykalov

    ITMO University programming team became World Champions at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals that took place in Rapid City (USA) on May 24, 2017, setting a new record in the history of the contest. No other university had been able to win it seven times.  Vladimir Smykalov, Ivan Belonogov and Ilya Zban – all students of the ITMO University Computer Technologies Chair – successfully and quickly solved 10 out of 12 problems and beat some 133 teams from around the world.

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    ITMO in Top 10 Russian Universities

    ITMO Students

    The eighth annual national university rankings prepared by the International information services group "Interfax" have been published, formed on the basis of the 2016-2017 academic year. The number of universities included in the rankings has increased by 26 with a total of 264 Russian universities. ITMO has climbed five places, and is not the 7th top university. 

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    ITMO University’s Scientists Receive Prestigious Ulrich Award

    The award for achievements in the field of sol-gel technology was granted to Vladimir Vinogradov, Head of ITMO University’s International Laboratory "Solution Сhemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies" (SCAMT) and to Alexander Vinogradov, head of ITMO’s Biochemistry cluster. This prestigious international award has been given to young scientists from all over the world since 1991; 2017 marks the first time it goes to scientists from Russia.

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    ITMO University Peak

    Mountaineers Name Peak After ITMO University

    Vadim Veiko, head of ITMO University’s Department of Laser Technologies and Systems, who has been a mountaineer for more than 50 years, and Alexei Orudzhev, an ITMO alum, engineer and a mountaineering club trainer, have successfully climbed an unexplored peak in the Pamir Mountains, located at 4729 meters above the sea level. The previously unnamed mountain, located near the Lenin Peak, now bears the name of ITMO University Peak.

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    ITMO won Silver "Dolphin" at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV awards

    This year, ITMO University participated in the event for the first time, winning the silver “dolphin” in the “Marketing Communication - B2C” category.

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    Prime Minister Medvedev Announces Start of ITMO Highpark Construction

    Concept design of the new campus in Yuzhny

    During the “Open Innovations” forum, on October 17, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the start of construction at ITMO University’s new campus in the south of St. Petersburg – JSC "ITMO Highpark". The corresponding directive was published on the website of the Russian government. The joint-stock company "ITMO Highpark", with 100% shares owned by the state, will act as the operator of the largest scientific, educational, innovative and industrial cluster in the south of St. Petersburg.

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    ITMO Robotics Team Gets Gold at World Robot Olympiad 2017

    Maksim Mikhailov, Daniil Nechaev, Igor Lositsky and Gleb Zagarskikh

    The international competition for talented school and university students involves participants from more than 60 countries. ITMO’s team of school students, led by coach Igor Lositskiy, has won the gold medal in the Open category’s Senior age group. Russian teams have also claimed gold medals in all three age groups of the Regular category (as well as both silver and bronze in the Elementary age group), the bronze medal in the Robot Football competition and another gold medal in the Open category.

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    ITMO University among the Leaders of Project 5-100

    ITMO University was selected among the leaders of the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project for 2015 at the meeting of the International Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers in Moscow on March 18 – 19, 2016. On the basis of its' success and plans for further development, ITMO University is to be awarded 900 million rubles in subsidies for 2016.
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    ITMO Students take silver at ACM ICPC World Finals

    ITMO University team got a silver medal at the world's most prestigious student sport programming contest АСМ ICPC. The final stage of the competition has finished today on Phuket, Thailand.
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    Nature Index names ITMO a Rising Star

    Tracking research at over 8,000 institutions worldwide, the index draws out countries and institutions "that are the players to watch." The authors noted that ITMO U "saw a leap of 184% in its WTC."
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    ITMO U receives UNESCO Medal​

    Rector Vladimir Vasilyev accepted the UNESCO Medal "Contribution to Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies" in recognition of "the university’s outstanding achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies and fruitful international scientific cooperation in this field."

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    First in Russia Science Communication Program is launched at ITMO​

    Both online and face-to-face versions are now live and are training the next generation of science communicators tasked with making research transparent, accessible and understandable for the general public.
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    ITMO University in Times Higher Education Ranking for the first time

    And straight to the 351−400 group! The only two Russian universities ahead of us were Lomonosov Moscow State University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. We also landed the 56th place worldwide in the Computer Science category. A newcomer to THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Ranking, we’re in the 27th position.
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    English version of ITMO U website Wins QS-APPLE Award

    The bronze creative award for "Best International Website page" was awarded to our team at the QS-APPLE higher education conference in Malaysia.

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    Vinogradov Center for Chemistry and Biotechnology at ITMO opens its doors ​​

    The combined entity will train over 300 students a year and is the launchpad for several international research and education teams.

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    ITMO University is in the Top-100 for Computer Science According to THE

    Times Higher Education subject rankings were announced for Computer Science. ITMO University has never been represented in these rankings before and this year took 56th place, just one of two Russian Universities in the top-100 (along with Lomonosov Moscow State University).
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    ITMO University’s Optical Student Chapter – best OSC in the world

    American Optical Society awarded ITMO University’s OSA Student Chapter Excellence Prize. Chapter’s Secretary Vladimir Borisov received the prize at the annual Student Leadership Conference in San Jose, California.

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    Russian robot “Butterfly” – among best robots of the year

    Roman Usatov – Shiryaev and Osams Khatib, “Educational Robotics”

    At ICRA-2015 International Conference in Seattle, Russian robot “Butterfly” got second place. The project was created by a startup “Educational Robotics” with support from ITMO University and a mini-grant from “Skolkovo” Fund.  

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    Victory in ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest

    The team consisted of Gennady Korotkevich, Artem Vasiliev and Boris Minaev.

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    Victory in Topcoder Open 2014

    Once again Gennady Korotkevich takes gold, this time in the prestigious international competition Topcoder Open in USA.

    In 2014, Gennady won all major international programming competitions: Google Code Jam, Facebook Hacker Cup, Yandex.Algorythm, Russian Code Cup.

     
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    Nano-sensor that tests the quality of medical drugs is developed by the team of ITMO’s “Physics of Nanostructures” Center

    The research was part of a megagrant program by the Government of Russian Federation.

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    ITMO Student Gennady Korotkevich – winner of Facebook HackerCup

    The finals brought together 25 top programmers, including five from ITMO’s Chair of Computer Technologies.

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    ITMO University’s project FUEL (Future University and Entrepreneurship Leaders) won a $2 million grant for 2013 – 2014

    The goal of the project (in partnership with University of California, Los Angeles and Higher School of Economics in Moscow) is to support economic development of Russia’s regions through effective collaboration of the leading regional universities with other members of innovations ecosystem and building a system for commercializing universities’ intellectual property with outside partners through a “startup flow”. Based on the experience of the EURICA pilot project, ITMO kicked the project off in the regions, including Mordovia, in 2013.

     
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    ITMO team – absolute champions in programming with the victory in the Annual World Finals of the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest in Warsaw

    The team included Michael Kever, Niyaz Nigmatullin, Evgeni Kapun, and Coach Andrey Stankevich.

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    Victory in the Robotics Competition in China

    The students of ITMO’s Chair of Control Systems and Informatics won the first prize.

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    Victory in 33th Annual World Finals of the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest in Stockholm

    The team included Maxim Buzdalov, Vladislav Isenbaev, Evgenii Kapun, and Coach Andrey Stankevich.

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    ITMO became a “base” college in IT for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization University

    SCOU is a network of colleges and universities in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, and Tadzhikistan for regional studies, ecology, energy, IT and nanotechnologies.

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    Victory at the 32the Annual World Finals of the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest

    The team that included Dmitry Abdrashitov, Dmitry Paraschenko, Fedor Tzarev and Coach Andrey Stankevich became the absolute world champions in programming.

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    Museum of Optical Technologies opens at ITMO

    The Museum is a part of the Innovations Education Program.

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    Victory in the 31th Annual World Finals of the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest

    The team included Iskander Ikashev, Mikhael Dvorkin, Roman Satjukov, and Coach Andrey Stankevich, the Department of Computer Technologies.

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    Optical blocks “Hydro-Russar SP” successfully complete the trials

    Hydro-Russar SP

    Prototypes of the unique optical equipment for working under water as part of the emergency automated placement of a rescue deep-water apparatus onto an emergency submarine were developed and manufactured by ITMO as part of the State contract. The project was completed in collaboration with the “Russar” Center.

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    Gold medals in the Finals of the 29th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Shanghai, China

    Dmitri Pavlov, Pavel Mavrin, Coach Andrey Stankevich and Sergei Orshanksi

    The team included Pavel Mavrin, Dmitri Pavlov, Sergei Orshanksi and Coach Andrey Stankevich, under the leadership of Professor V. Parfenov.

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    Absolute victory of ITMO’s student team at 28th Annual World Finals of the ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest in Prague

    Pavel Mavrin, Dmitri Pavlov, Sergei Orshanksi and Coach Andrey Stankevich

    The team included Pavel Mavrin, Dmitri Pavlov, Sergei Orshanksi and Coach Andrey Stankevich, under the leadership of Professor V. Parfenov. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with the winners in the Kremlin on May 28.

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    Golden medals at the 27th ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest

    Evgenii Yuzhakov, Timofei Borodin, Aleksandr Shtuchkin

    ITMO’s team took gold at the Championship’s final that took place on March 25, 2003 in Beverly Hills, USA. The team included Timofei Borodin, Aleksandr, Shtuchkin, Evgenii Yuzhakov, with the coach Andrey Stankevich and team leader V. Parfenov, dean of the Information Technologies and Programming Department. Over 3,850 teams from 1,329 universities participated in the contest.

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    Satellites “Yamal-200” reach orbit

    Yamal-200

    ITMO’s team in collaboration with “RUSSAR” Center manufactured quality optical equipment for spacecraft orientation, which allowed two new satellites “Yamal-200” to successful reach orbit and take a stable position there.  

     
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    Optoelectronic, Infrared and Laser Technologies Center Launch

    The Center was created as part of the “National Technological Base” federal program.

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    Optics and Scientific Instrumentation

    This Research and Education Center was created as part of the Federal program “Integration”.

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    Professor V. Vasilyev, PhD, Became University’s Rector

    Professor V. Vasilyev, 1996
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    “Optics” Research and Education Center

    “Optics” Research and Education Center united instructors and researchers from LITMO, Vavilov Institute, Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Institute of Silicate Chemistry of the RAS and the Library of the RAS to improve the learning process and carry out joint research in optical sciences.

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    RUNNet hub

    As part of the “Russia’s Universities” program, ITMO University became the St. Petersburg hub of the Russian federal university computer network RUNNet (Russian UNiversity Network) (scientific director – Professor V. Vasilyev).

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    From 1989 to 1991 UNIDO Center for Optics Technologies in Syria

    UNIDO Meeting

    Staff of the Optics Profile Chair was involved in the UNIDO project to develop a Center for Optics Technologies in Syria (development and manufacturing of biological microscope prototypes. It was the best UNIDO project of 1991.

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    Engineering Center for Electrical Drop-Jet Technology

    Improved Printer

    LITMO became home base for the USSR Ministry of Education Center for Optical and Instrumentation Education, and the Engineering Center for Electrical Drop-Jet Technology, which received Russia’s State Award in 1991.

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    Telescope for Automatic Interstellar Station “Vega-2”

    Was aimed on studying of Halley’s Comet. The telescope was developed under the leadership of Professor G. Tzukanova, associate professor of LITMO’s Chair of Optical Devices Theory.

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    First in the Country System of Automated Optics Design

    Professors V. Zverev and S. Radionov of the Chair of Optical Devices Theory received the USSR Ministers Council Award for the development of one of the first systems of automated optics design (“Optica”).

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    Large Alt Azimuth Telescope

    Large Alt Azimuth Telescope

    A group of LITMO experts headed by professors V. Zverev and S. Radionov participated in the development and exploitation of the Large Alt Azimuth Telescope (mirror diameter- 6 m). For the first time, it used the original control schemes and advanced computer processing for analyzing control data. Professor V. Zverev and his group received the Lenin Award for the project.

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    Laser Technology Laboratory

    At the Research Lab

    One of the first laboratories in this field started researching various methods and means of force action of coherent laser radiation on various materials.

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    First Computer for Engineering Calculating LITMO-1

    Computer

    The machine was developed by the Chair of Calculating Devices headed by Professor S. Izenbeck. It consisted of 2,000 electronic lamps and performed 100 operations per second, with 1 kb of memory.

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    First Foreign Students

    The institute started accepting international students from Hungary, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Germany, Egypt, China, Cuba, Romania, and others.

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    From 1950 to 1953 the “Peacock” Clock and the First in the USSR Mechanical Cardiograph

    Repairing of “Peacock”by LITMO team
    • LITMO’s professors S. Zuckerman and N. Savitzki in collaboration with the staff of the Military Medical Academy developed the first in the USSR mechanical cardiograph. Some 60 pieces were made in LITMO’s workshops before moving the device into mass production.   
    • The Hermitage’s famous “Peacock” Clock was repaired by a team of the Fine Mechanics Chair headed by E. Kuklin with participation of E. Livshitz, L. Saravaiski, O. Sergeev, as well as the mechanics G. Smirnov and N. Springe.
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    First in USSR Survey Gyrocompass

    Check-up of Gyrocompass Model

    The first in the country survey gyrocompass M-1 is developed in collaboration with the National Survey Institute. The project received the USSR State Award.

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    From 1941 to 1950 Three Awards for Developing Unique Optical Equipment

    Mikhail Rusinov, Prominent Scientist in Optics

    Professor M. Rusinov, PhD and head of the Optical Devices Chair, received three Stalin Awards in Research and Technology:

    • 1941 — for developing aerial photography lenses Russar-21-22-23-24

    • 1949  — for new optical devices

    • 1950 — for development and production of wide-angle multi-complexes for processing aerial shots.

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    First in USSR Laboratory for Calculating Machines

    At the Research Lab

    Lab is established with Professor M. Malikov at the helm. Later it was transformed into the Chair of Mathematical and Calculating Devises (since 1963 – Chair of Calculating Equipment). By the fall of 1939 the Chair was already among the leading in the institute and was developing electromechanical calculating devices and controls. Some of the courses were taught by the leading industry experts.

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    First Research Lab at the Chair of Optical Glass Technologies

    At the Research Lab

    The equipment was made at the institute’s workshops. The lab was geared towards developing the technologies for processing abrasives of optical materials to eliminate importing expensive abrasives.

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    Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics

    In 1930, the college was transformed into Leningrad Training Center, and in 1933, Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (LIFMO) became a separate college. Its first research laboratory was established in the Department of Optical Glass Technologies. Thanks to research here the USSR could get away from importing expensive foreign abrasives.

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    ITMO’s Newspaper Launched

    “Experts Mint” Newspaper’s List

    The newspaper was originally titled “Experts Mint” and in 1956 renamed “New Experts for Instrumentation”. In 1994 it got the new name of “Technical University ITMO,” and in 2003 received its current name “ITMO University”.

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    First Major

    Prof. Ignatovsky Syllabus Main Page

    First year of offering a college degree program for engineers in Fine Mechanics and Optics.

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    In 1917 the Mechanics, Optics and Watchmaking Department became its own entity - Petrograd Technical College for Mechanics, Optics and Watchmaking

    Norbert Boleslavovich Zavodsky became its headmaster. In 1920, most of its classes were transformed into Petrograd College for Fine Mechanics and Optics (later – Leningrad). The municipalities allocated a building for it in Demidov Pereulok. The colleges’ manufacturing facilities made a variety of complex optical and fine mechanics products.The first in USSR group of instrument engineers graduated here in 1931.

     
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    Foundation Year

    On February 28, 1900, the State Council of the Russian Empire proposed to establish the Mechanical and Optical Department of the Prince Nicholas Vocational School. The decision was approved by the degree of Emperor Nicholas II and became law on March 26 (March 13 by the old calendar) 1900. The date is considered the foundation of the first in Russia specialized college for experts in Fine Mechanics and Optics.

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