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How does the nation’s top IT university develop biotechnologies? By bringing in the right researchers! Anna Fakhardo, a second-year PhD student at ITMO’s International Laboratory “Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies” (SCAMT), is one of the first to initiate biological research at the lab. The young scientist also oversees two projects as part of the Pharma 2020 federal program, which both include pre-clinical trials. In late 2017, she became the recipient of the SCAMT Achievement Award. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Anna about her research.
Just imagine that you get to manage a company, and all of its management has just been dismissed? You only have the enterprise's financial data, and you have to choose the optimal strategy that will enhance its investment appeal. What’s more, you only have a day to solve this task, and you don’t know anyone on the team you’ll be working with! These are the kinds of tasks that the participants of the Manage! cup, a countrywide management tournament for students, have to solve. The cup’s semifinals have just taken place in St. Petersburg; the 30 best teams were chosen to participate in the finals in Moscow on March 11-12. The tournament’s winners will be offered internships at the country's leading companies, as well as the opportunity to participate in Global Management Challenge - a national business management championship.
Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, has been around for nearly three millennia. February 16 will mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog in the Lunar Calendar and the festivities will last for nearly a week. Learn about the various events in St. Petersburg dedicated to this holiday in the fourth installment of our winter holiday series.
In early 2018, ITMO’s resident NT-SPb finished equipping five regional quantoriums with their products. These new “High School Laboratories for Nanotechnology” will become a space for high school students to study a new field of science, as well as conduct interdisciplinary projects that stem from real nanoindustry tasks. Aleksander Golubok, Professor at the Department of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials, and Ivan Mukhin, Research Fellow at the Metamaterials Laboratory, talk about high-tech equipment that is safe for children, the new School Laboratories for Nanotechnologies and the prospects of this new undertaking.
Bernardino Ondo Abaga Ada and Juan Zacarías Okue Ondo Mbang, two international students in their third year of studies at the Faculty of Technological Management and Innovation, came to study in St. Petersburg four years ago from Equatorial Guinea. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS they told us about how they took preparatory courses and learned Russian, how they entered the bachelor's program and some of the peculiarities of studying in Russia.
When we first introduced it as one of our core values, many were shocked. But the truth is for most of us ITMO University is more than a job – it’s a deep commitment, it’s fun, it’s family. It’s the knowledge that what we do together is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s late nights and early flights. It’s thinking big and investing even bigger. It’s completely changing education and science in Russia, and putting a heart on it.
This week, Russia celebrates Maslenitsa - arguably its oldest holiday that marks the imminent end of winter. Expect lots of fun, blini, and curious folk rituals like burning of human-sized effigies or jumping through bonfires! Traditionally, this is going to be a citywide celebration; yet, we’ve decided to give you an account of the most popular venues in our This Weekend in St. Petersburg review.
What are effective ways to organize teamwork, streamline new ideas and make presentations to large audiences? These are just some of the topics of the new courses and workshops at ITMO’s Personal Development Center. In the coming months, established entrepreneurs, business trainers, marketing experts, HR-specialists and psychologists will teach their students to be successful in negotiations, properly analyze potential customers, and give emotionally intelligent presentations.
Starting in 2018, all newly-enrolled Bachelor’s and Master’s students at ITMO University will study digital culture regardless of their area of studies and educational program. This new subject will provide them with the skills needed to utilize modern IT tools. The demand for programming skills among employees continues to grow year after year. In this article we’re going to look at why everyone needs to know about programming today, where to begin when studying it, and what makes these new skills useful.
The “It’s Your Call!” Winter School that brought together the best participants of the “I am a Professional” academic competition has just ended at ITMO University. Recently, Bachelor’s and Master’s students from 33 Russian cities that showed high results in the competition’s three tracks (Computer Science, Information and cybersecurity, and Photonics). Andrey Sebrant, Product Marketing Director at Yandex and author for the @techsparks popular science channel, gave an open lecture on machine learning, the development of technology and the professions of the future. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, he shared about the prospects of using machine learning and the issues related to public confidence, as well as the skills sought-after by leading IT companies and the fundamental problems of modern education.
Surely, you know well the stereotype of “typical” programmer who is bearded, gloomy and always wearing a sweater? And though Steve Wozniak doesn’t look anything like Linus Torvalds, much like thousands of IT-specialists are really different from their colleagues in the way they look, most people would still use the same old attire when thinking of how a programmer looks like. Still, does one’s profession really affect one’s outward appearance? This is the question that specialists from DataArt, an international company that focuses on design, development, and support of IT solutions, tried to answer. Having analyzed several thousands of photographs featuring developers from eight different countries, the project’s authors succeeded in creating the portrait of a typical programmer.
An international group of scientists which included researchers from ITMO University has developed an algorithm that can determine a person’s age, based on their nationality and sex, using an online blood test. Data from more than 120,000 people from Canada, South Korea, and Eastern Europe has been used to identify the key ageing indicators of these populations. Then, they taught neural networks to account for the relevance of particular indicators. This contributed to improving the technique’s precision: for now, the standard deviation is less than six years.
It's time to start thinking about how you want to spend your summer. In the next few days and weeks application deadlines for awesome summer schools, internships and special workshops are running out. Read about how some of our students spent their summer last year - and then check out these five summer opportunities worth considering! Once you’ve sent in your documents for these, we’ll give you another five next week.
According to CoinMarketCap, in December of 2017, the total value of the cryptocurrency market finally surpassed $500 billion. The cryptocurrency market is currently inferior only to the world’s five biggest public companies – Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The past year was also marked by a rapid growth in the number of cryptocurrency exchanges, which continue to attract new users. But how does a newcomer make money on cryptocurrency, save the investors’ money and avoid scammers? Having experienced failure with cryptocurrency himself, ITMO student Alexandr Romanov founded the blockchain marketplace Cryptopus, which aims to establish a network of relationships between investors and traders. The project’s creators spoke to ITMO.NEWS about its features and development.
Applications are open for ITMO’s academic mobility programs. You can go abroad for a week, a semester or even a full year with a double-degree program for Master’s students. Here’s how to take part, how to avoid trouble when doing so and some answers to the most common questions. Competition is open until February 17!
On February 8, the 14th Baltic Science and Engineering Competition ended in St. Petersburg, in which more than 500 Russian high school students participated. Among the winners of the competition was Maksim Mikhailov, a member of ITMO University's School Robotics Team. At the competition he presented the robot Forester, which can monitor forest health with the efficiency of ten human workers. Now, Maksim will represent Russia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for high school students in the United States.
In the course of her scientific career, Ekaterina Skorb has worked in four different countries. After receiving her education in Minsk, she continued with her research at Max Planck Institute in Germany where she led a research team and developed smart biomaterials. At Harvard, she worked in the team of George Whitesides, the world’s most cited chemist, on several fundamental projects, including the Origins of Life. As of now, Ekaterina Skorb is a professor at ITMO University, leading a research team in its Biochemistry Cluster. Among its key projects are creating dynamic optical materials, biochips that would allow to diagnose a wide range of diseases, and fundamental research in the field of storing information with the help of chemical systems. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she talked about her work in the world’s major universities and moving to Russia, key research areas, and combining chemistry with IT.
A team of scientists from ITMO’s International Research and Education Center for Physics of Nanostructures, together with their colleagues from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), have been awarded a grant by the European initiative ERA.Net RUS Plus. Their three-year project concerns the modeling and design of new functional nanomaterials with potential applications in biomedicine and diagnostics. As the researchers note, nanomaterials based on ternary quantum dots can be used to create a sensor platform with unprecedented filtering and sensitivity capabilities for the purpose of multiplexed single-cell pathogen analysis. In the future, results of this research can contribute to the development of more precise and compact devices used for fluorescence analysis of nanostructures.
ITMO University recently hosted the 7th meetup of the St. Petersburg community of blockchain developers - the city’s largest professional community headed by Sberbank employee and ITMO graduate Dmitriy Plakhov. During the event, specialists shared about some of the peculiarities of working with blockchain systems. The event also announced the launching of ITMO’s new Blockchain Campus - an open space where anyone would be able to get the resources necessary for conducting projects in the field of blockchain.