The project “Social Navigator” of the news agency “Rossiya Segodnya” has unveiled this year’s national ranking of Russian universities (link in Russian), analysing each institution’s demand in the Russian economy. The research took into account 448 universities organized into six core groups, including classical universities and those in the fields of engineering, agriculture, humanities, medicine and management. As with last year, ITMO University came second in the ranking of engineering universities. Also in the top three are Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI, 1st place), and Bauman Moscow State Technical University (3rd place).
In 2014-2016, Uliana Pinaeva was studying Molecular Bio- and Nanophotonics (MONABIPHOT), a double degree program conducted by ITMO University and ENS de Cachan (France). During her time in France, she decided to continue her education as a PhD student abroad. To get a corresponding grant, she passed a three-stage selection conducted by the University of Paris-Saclay. Currently, Uliana is a second-year PhD student working in a laboratory at École Polytechnique - one of the most prestigious universities in France. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she gave advice on developing one’s career on an international level and getting funding for studying in France.
The DreamDorm.Shine contest has launched at ITMO University. Its goal is to encourage students to treat their dormitory with care, develop their communication skills and promote cooperation. In this endeavor they will be assisted by ITMO’s Student Dorm Council, which has recently won the second place in a city-wide competition for the best university & college student dorm council of St. Petersburg.
Winter in St. Petersburg! A wonderful time, if you know how to spend it - and don’t let the cold fool you: this is no time for slumber and there are plenty of things to do around the city. Just take a walk down Nevsky Prospect and soak in the holiday spirit! And if you’re not sure how to entertain yourself, we’ve rounded up some tips and ideas.
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 offers scientists around the world opportunities to develop fundamental knowledge and innovation. Most notable, it provides access to international expert knowledge and research infrastructure. But the rules for participating in the Horizon 2020 programme restrict direct funding for scientists from a few countries, including Russia. As a result, Russian researchers started to lose interest in participating. In order to resolve the situation, a delegation of the European Union to Russia, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, conducted an information session on participating in Horizon 2020, which was held at ITMO University. Participants had a chance to learn about the top-priority fields of scientific cooperation between the EU and Russia, the financing mechanisms for Russian organizations, and rules for writing and submitting tender applications, as well as to personally ask questions to the experts of Horizon 2020
From November 27 to December 6, ITMO University hosted CROPS 2017 - a Chinese-Russian symposium for young scientists in the field of optics and photonics. The event gathered 76 researchers from both countries.The Chinese side was represented by scientists from Changchun University of Science and Technology, Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Huazong University of Science and Technology, and Nankai University. Amongst the Russian participants were representatives of Orel State University, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Crimean Federal University, Saratov State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University and ITMO University, as well as research fellows from the Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aleksandr Martynov, Lead Programmer at Netcracker Technology: We Need Programmers Who Understand What They Code For
These days, programmers are expected to not only know how to code, but also be well-versed in the business processes of the field they are working for. A good specialist is someone who can create solutions for unique tasks, effectively communicate with customers, cooperate with colleagues to solve various problems and is not afraid to take initiative. Aleksandr Martynov, lead programmer at Netcracker Technology, an international company that deals in development, introduction, and maintenance of BSS/OSS systems and SDN/NFV solutions, talks to us about how requirements to programmers change over time and what skills every employee of a major IT-company should possess.
ITMO’s freshmen’s team won the first place at Robotex-2017 competition, which has recently become the largest robotics competition in Europe. The competition included 24 categories. ITMO’s team won in the category DJI Drone Race, getting ahead of the Tallinn University of Technology. ITMO.NEWS shares about the new team of winners: who these freshmen students are and what they do.
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.