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ITMO University Strengthens Partnerships with Swiss Universities

ITMO University Strengthens Partnerships with Swiss Universities

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.

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Startup Funbo Offers Educational Courses in eSports

Startup Funbo Offers Educational Courses in eSports

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.

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New Blockchain-Based System Will Control Quality of Medical and Chemical Products

New Blockchain-Based System Will Control Quality of Medical and Chemical Products

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.

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NSP2018: Scientists Discuss Nanostructures in Photonics

NSP2018: Scientists Discuss Nanostructures in Photonics

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.

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Scientists Develop Improved Model for Study of Zika Virus

Scientists Develop Improved Model for Study of Zika Virus

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.

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This Weekend in St. Petersburg: May 26-27

This Weekend in St. Petersburg: May 26-27

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!

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BigXP: Unique Service, Unique Opportunities

BigXP: Unique Service, Unique Opportunities

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.

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ITMO Students Perform Karl Capek's R.U.R. on Stage

ITMO Students Perform Karl Capek's R.U.R. on Stage

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.   

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ITMO Hosts Conference on Cognitive Technologies and Quantum Intelligence

ITMO Hosts Conference on Cognitive Technologies and Quantum Intelligence

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.

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ITMO University Invites Young Scientists to Study Graphene-Type 2D Materials

ITMO University Invites Young Scientists to Study Graphene-Type 2D Materials

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.

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