Last weekend, ARTPLAY design space hosted the gaming festival Game Planet 2.0. ITMO University, too, joined the fun, setting up its own interactive zone at the venue. Guests honed their gaming skills, watched a cosplay show and attended lectures. Among the speakers was Andrey Karsakov, an Associate Professor at ITMO’s High Performance Computing Department and head of the “Technology of Game Development” Master’s program. Karsakov spoke about higher education in the field of gamedev in Russia and the world and its future prospects.
This year, the Jewish Festival of Light – Hanukkah – takes place from December 12 to 20. St. Petersburg has a rich Jewish history and is the site of Europe’s second largest synagogue. The story of Hanukkah has to do with oil – so it’s also a time when you’re free to stuff yourself with all kinds of fried goods like doughnuts and latkes! Whether you’re interested in exploring your own heritage or looking to learn more about a different culture, there are quite a few events in the city – check them out:
Yulia Andreeva and Elizaveta Anastasova, Master’s students from ITMO’s Department of Food Microingredients Processing and researchers at the SCAMT International Laboratory, have recently returned from their two-month internship at Trinity College (Ireland). In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the students talk about what made this internship so different from other, more conventional ones, and what opportunities are offered to students by the Erasmu+ program.
Winter has truly come to St. Petersburg. The streets are fluffy with snow, and each week sees more and more Christmas fairs. Even though the days are getting darker, don’t let that get you down - this weekend, get out and embrace the festivities! And if you haven’t yet decided where to go, use our handy guide.
On his first official visit to St. Petersburg since his appointment to the position in October, Ambassador Huntsman set time aside to visit ITMO University. The visit took place on 29th November 2017; the Ambassador met the University’s administration and students to consult about future collaborations.
As part of the ITMO.REGIONS trans-regional network of startup schools, an expert team from ITMO University has conducted two training programs on technology entrepreneurship and fundraising at the Volgograd State Technical University. The initiative is part of the “Conveyor of Innovations” strategic project; among its partners are the Volgograd Oblast business incubator and the regional government.
An international research team has developed a device capable of improving the performance of MRI units. The technology is based on local redistribution of a magnetic field with the help of a metasurface made of metal resonators. It was proven experimentally that the metasurface is capable of reducing the power required to produce high-quality images using an MRI unit. The use of MRI units of lower intensity makes it possible to make MRI diagnostics safe for people with medical implants. The results of this research are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.
Before I moved to Russia, I was really anxious about the cold; but I had also convinced myself that it's so cold in Russia that all diseases freeze and I won't ever get sick. Wishful thinking! Getting a cold is just a natural part of the full winter experience. Besides some positive thinking and consuming as much citrus as you can, you might be interested in some popular home-style Russian remedies that get anyone from Vladivostok to Murmansk feeling good when they’re under the weather. Some of these were recommended over the last few years in Russia by friends or doctors and many have helped me when I wasn’t feeling well.
On November 30, Vladimir Vasilyev, ITMO’s Rector, announced at the "Ecosystem of Innovations" forum in Sochi that the university’s business incubator is undergoing a serious transformation. ITMO is to close down the incubator in its current form and create a new structure that will focus on the acceleration of projects.
Being a programmer at a major company doesn’t mean that you’ll get to relax while writing code and using the technologies you like most; on the contrary, you’ll have to look for new solutions, meet strict deadlines, learn to read code written by others and be really meticulous about the development process. Nikolai Filchenko, senior developer at Yandex, speaks about the issues that novice programmers starting work at major companies have to deal with, and the skills that are essential so as to not lag behind in today’s labor market.
Each school break, the GoTo programming project school holds sessions in different parts of Russia, bringing together talented school and university students. At such events, they are given the opportunity to work on projects in such fields as data analysis, machine learning, industrial programming, IoT, bioinformatics, distributed systems and blockchain. GoTo’s autumn session at ITMO University involved 50 university students and highschoolers from all around the country. The participants developed individual projects under the guidance of experts from leading IT companies, and attended lectures and workshops by the school’s teachers and guest speakers.
Alena Shchelokova, Presidential Scholarship Recipient: To Achieve Something, You Have to Get Over Yourself
Over the course of one’s life, everyone has to make decisions that can change its course and open new opportunities. Alena Shchelokova, PhD student at ITMO’s Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials did not shy away from leaving her home country for St. Petersburg, focusing on a new field of science, participating in a contest and going to Australia to conduct research. The young scientist spoke about how leaving one’s comfort zone can become a h abit and wh y it is essential to know your work’s worth and take pride in it.
The World Robot Olympiad (WRO-2017) has just come to a close in Costa Rica. 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.
Neurotechnologies can offer humans incredible opportunities: stimulate brain activity and increase its performance, control household devices with one's mind, talk to others without need for words or messenger apps. Moreover, the NeuroNet market is listed as a key market in the Russian National Technology Initiative. But first, it needs to overcome some major challenges in order to get to the stage of actual sales. Participants of the NeuroForum "NeuroNet development opportunities in global markets" discussed key tasks for the NeuroNet market past Thursday. The event took place at the “Boiling Point” space in St. Petersburg with the support of ITMO University.
"Travel Is The Key To A Career In Science": Biophotonics Specialist Maria Borovkova On How To Be Successful, While Studying And Working In Three Countries
Photonics is a scientific field which studies the applied aspects of working with optical signals; for many, it is still an obscure area. According to Maria Borovkova, PhD student at the University of Oulu and ITMO, who studies in Finland on a double-degree program, photonics, first and foremost, is a source of countless applications for optical signals. Photonics research makes possible the invention of devices and technologies that are designed to make people's lives easier. Biophotonics, which Maria is currently doing research in, helps solve some of the most challenging issues on the planet: cancer detection, Alzheimer's disease and many others. Maria Borovkova told ITMO.NEWS why photonics is one of the most important areas today, what is so special about the life of modern scientists and what opportunities should not be missed while you are still studying.
This week, more than a 100 countries across the world will celebrate International Charity Day. Despite this being only the second time that Russia participates in it, it is already quite popular here. ITMO University has joined the initiative, too. On November 28, ITMO.DoBro initiative begins. Any participant will be able to not only support the university’s projects aimed at developing both research activities and ITMO’s infrastructure in general, but propose their own ideas, as well. The most active participants will receive gifts and awards.
Professor Fabio Bagarello from the University of Palermo (Italy) came to ITMO to give a talk on the applications of quantum theory in the mathematical modeling of various systems. He told ITMO.NEWS about the possible use of quantum computation in modeling and why quantum computers are not on sale yet. Professor Bagarello is certain: students and scientists still have a lot to learn and work on in this field. The newly opened Master’s program "Cognitive Technologies and Quantum Intellect" - one of a kind in Russia so far - will train specialists in the field of mathematical modeling of complex socio-economic processes using modern methods of quantum information theory and cognitive technologies. Read our material and find out more about quantum computations, areas of their application and why specialists in the field of quantum mechanics need to have a good knowledge of sociology, political science and economics.
On December 3, the semi-finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest were held at ITMO University. The university was one of the four venues for the Northern Eurasia regional contest for Russia and CIS countries, in which more than 300 teams participated. 16 teams were selected to take part in the final stage of the contest, which will take place in Beijing in April of 2018. ITMO University’s team is also among them,
An intellectual competition for future international Master’s students, the Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project, is kicking off soon, with registration of participants beginning on Nov. 20, 2017. Winners will get an opportunity to study tuition-free, courtesy of the government of the Russian Federation, at Russia’s leading universities. The subject areas include Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Economics. The contest is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and is organized by the “Global Universities” Association.