Last week representative of ITMO University met with Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, Switzerland’s State Secretary for Education, Research, and Innovation. During the meeting, ITMO University and the Swiss delegation discussed plans for closer collaboration between the university and its Swiss counterparts.
In January 2018, the startup Funbo began to organize online games where fans could play with professional cyberathletes . By February, the project’s authors had already conducted about 10 games with different professional players, but they also faced issues that made them consider changing their project’s format. It turned out that the main motivation for playing with an accomplished cyberathlete is to learn something new, improve one’s skills, and get valuable advice, which is why the team decided to focus on an educational course that can turn an amateur gamer into a successful professional.
Scientists from ITMO University’s international research laboratory SCAMT, together with developers from Aira and information security experts, are developing a system for end-to-end monitoring of the manufacturing of medical and chemical products. The system is based on the lab’s “Nanodoctor” – a chlorine dioxide-based drug capable of neutralizing nearly all viruses and bacteria. Among its advantages are an improved structure that prevents the accumulation of harmful substances during manufacturing, and a new quality control system based on blockchain technology. The project’s concept allows end customers to learn about each of the production stages using a QR code printed on the packaging and make sure that the process occurred without any infractions and the active ingredient content is within the stated amount.
Earlier this May, 60 participants from 14 countries attended the international workshop and school Nanostructures for Photonics 2018. Among the participants were heads of major research laboratories and international projects, including the megascience project European XFEL (X-Ray free-electron laser). The guests spoke with ITMO.NEWS about current research trends, practical applications of nanostructures in nanophotonics, and future collaboration in this area.
An international research team has developed a new animal model used to study the pathogenesis of the Zika virus. Scientists were able to make the disease develop in mice in a way that is similar to what happens in humans. The new model reflects the most dangerous manifestation of the Zika virus: infection of the fetus from a pregnant woman, which leads to developmental problems. Such an advancement was achieved due to a new, more pathogenic virus strain, as well as a specially bred group of mice with a human-like immune response. The new model paves the way for more detailed study of the Zika virus, which should result in a more effective fight against it. The research is published in Cell Host & Microbe.
This Sunday St. Petersburg celebrates its 315th birthday, which means there is no shortage of great events for you to attend. Here is our list of what we feel are some of the best things to do in St. Petersburg on this special weekend!
It often happens that one needs to contact an IT specialist from a particular field in order to get help with conducting a code review, realizing some function, configuring VPN, and such. BigXP is a unique marketplace where IT professionals offer expert services; amongst these experts are top-tier specialists from Yandex, Facebook, ITMO University, and other IT giants from the fields of both industry and education. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Ilya Zelenchuk, one of BigXP’s founders and staff member for the CODA Technologies ITMO-affiliated SIE, to find out more about the novel service.
On May 18, a premiere performance of “Rossum’s Universal Robots” was staged in English by the Foreign Languages Training Center at ITMO University. The play was directed by Valentina Diulger with the script adapted by Alexandra Nikitina.. Students from both ITMO University and the Higher School of Economics acted in the play. It was attended by students and lecturers, friends and relatives of the actors and participants of IEEE ICPS 2018 conference.
Last week, ITMO University hosted the first international Cognitive Technologies and Quantum Intelligence conference. The event brought together scientists from interdisciplinary fields that study the application of quantum approaches in researching human cognitive and psychological processes. The experts also discussed the capabilities of quantum computations in analyzing Big Data, and presented a series of reports on the subject of studying and manipulating public opinion in social media.
ITMO University’s Laboratory of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures has begun active research into the optical and electrical properties of two-dimensional materials. Two-dimensional materials are atom-thin structures, graphene being the most well-known example. The laboratory was recently joined by Ekaterina Khestanova, an experimental physicist with a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she studied two-dimensional materials. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, she talks about her past research and her plans at the laboratory.
On May 14, ITMO University launches a new system of electronic checklists for graduating students. This means that students won’t have to waste any more time in lines with a paper form. The information about unfulfilled requirements can now be found in the “My Page -> Education” section at isu.ifmo.ru. The project was initiated by Special Projects Center and the Department of Information Technologies. Ekaterina Kalkina, the project manager, told ITMO.NEWS about all the important steps to be taken to graduate as planned.
In late April, the final stage of Google Hash Code 2018, the programming competition which brings together thousands of students and professionals from Europe, Middle East and Africa took place in Dublin. ITMO University’s student team, which included Ilya Zban, Ivan Belonogov, Mikhail Putilin and Adam Bardashevich, all medal winners of the recent years’ ACM ICPC competition, secured the first place by outperforming 39 teams from 15 countries.
Seven years ago, ITMO University launched the Metamaterials Laboratory. It all began with a grant won by Yuri Kivshar, a world-class scientist and one of Russia’s top physicists. Since then, the university has also launched the Department, and later, the International Research Center of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials. Under Yuri Kivshar’s leadership, the center’s researchers were the first in the world to venture into a completely new field: dielectric nanophotonics, or, as the scientist calls it, “metaoptics”. ITMO.NEWS met with Yuri Kivshar during his latest visit to St. Petersburg to discuss his current work, the future of the most unorthodox field of nanophotonics, and why a scientist shouldn’t stick with the same field of study for their entire life.
Russian Industry and Education Representatives Meet With Presidential Adviser on Internet Development
On May 3, members of the industry, education, legal professionals and others, concerned with Roskomnadzor federal agency’s blocking of various online services in connection with its blocking of the messenger service Telegram, met with German Klimenko, the Presidential Adviser on Internet Development. Earlier on, ITMO University’s Rector Vladimir Vasilyev addressed Mr. Klimenko in a letter, in which he described the consequences that blocking of IP-addresses in the “pursuit” after Telegram will have on the nation’s science, education and economy. After the letter evoked a wide public response, representatives of the university were also invited to the meeting. Anatoly Shalyto, head of ITMO’s Programming Technology Department, and Roman Elizarov, an ITMO alum and one of the creators of the Kotlin programming language, participated in the discussion.
Want to enter ITMO University without taking entrance examinations by the middle of June? Everything is possible if you have completed your Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, taken part in research projects and competitions, and can explain in detail why you want to study at ITMO University. In other words, students can now apply to ITMO through the portfolio competition. To learn more about this tempting opportunity, read our interview with last year's winners!
Egor Smirnov, a graduate student at ITMO, who is currently working at ITMO’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies has come up with an algorithm for planning path networks using dynamic behavioral modeling. The project will soon be presented at the ICCS Conference in China. Egor Smirnov told ITMO.NEWS about why pedestrian networks planning is important and what ordinary people can do to solve this problem.
All of ITMO University’s online resources will soon be united by a common style; this year, the university’s UI/UX design team has begun the development of its own design system. Its introduction will increase the university’s brand recognizability as well as shorten the time needed to create websites and landing pages for its many departments, says Marina Kholodova, head of UI/UX Design at ITMO University. In the first stage, the project team will provide a landing-creation tool for internal customers. In the future, this will let university staff create and edit landing pages for various events on their own.
This July (10-21) the University of National Technical Initiative "20.35" will hold its first intensive training course for 1000 Russian technological leaders on Russky Island. The training organizers (University of NTI "20.35", ASI, RVC, Data Economy Russia 2024 and FEFU) will use these eleven days to provide the participants with all the skills necessary for digital economy development that usually take months to acquire. The participants will work with big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, new and portable energy sources, wireless technologies, neuro-technologies, virtual and augmented reality and new production technologies. In this article, we will tell you what awaits the participants and how to become one as well as whether the project is worth skipping a few nights of your usual 8-hour sleep.
This August, students from ITMO University have the opportunity to go to Japan as part of a Japanese-Russian youth exchange program. Nearly all of the trip expenses are covered by the receiving country; all the students have to do is to apply for it and wait. Read on to learn what the lucky students will get to do in Japan and how one can join them.
ITMO University took the first place in computer science and the third place in chemistry and chemical technologies in Expert Analytical Center's subject rankings of Russian universities. The independent ranking focuses on evaluation and assessment of scientific work in universities.