Can school students predict the outcome of e-Sports tournaments and solve serious tasks on data analysis? This week, Sberbank’s “Contribution to the Future” foundation launched the AI Academy project that aims to give every school student an opportunity to find out more about AI technologies, machine learning, and Big Data analysis, as well as develop their competencies in programming and mathematics. As part of this project, ITMO University hosted open lectures on machine learning and Big Data for 7-11 grade students.
Imagine not having to go anywhere to vote in the elections, or having an ID card that you can use to make an appointment at the doctor’s or pay for parking online. This is how it’s done in Estonia, which now boasts one of the world’s best e-government systems; tellingly, the country is often dubbed “e-Estonia” due to the state of its digitalization. Yaroslava Tensina, Master’s student at ITMO’s Department of State Information Systems Management, learned about Estonia’s e-government practices during her recent internship at the Tallinn University of Technology. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about the peculiarities of studying in Estonia and how proper management of information systems can help fight bureaucracy.
30 students from Finland and Russia are currently attending the “Project-Based Approach to Business Canvas Model” intensive program in St. Petersburg. They learn about the use of business process engineering tools and work on cases of major companies like Valio, SOK and Bonava. ITMO University was chosen as one of the program’s main venues. The week-long course was made possible thanks to collaboration between ITMO University and the Tampere University of Applied Science, and a grant from the FIRST+ program, which promotes collaboration and partnership between universities of Russia and Finland.
The winter snow has finally started melting, the sun is shining brightly, and it’s the perfect time to brush off the apathy of the long hibernation - so let’s take a look at the different events that can help you with that!
On March 15, the St. Petersburg Stadium, also known as Zenit Arena, hosted a Europa League game between Zenit St. Petersburg and RB Leipzig; ITMO University’s Zenit FC fan-club and KronBars sports club took part in the pre-game Fan Promenade. Zenit Arena will now host a regular ITMO University area, while the university’s students can win tickets to Zenit’s games and participate in fan events.
Every year, some time around March 21st, the sun shines on the whole planet equally. On this day, when the sun rises on the North Pole for the first time, people from many countries in the northern hemisphere celebrate this day as the beginning of a new year and the start of spring! We talked to some of our international students and staff here at ITMO to learn more about how this event is celebrated in their home countries and what it means to them.
12 teams took part in the DemoDay for the GenerationS TechNet Track, and five winners were named. They were invited to the GenerationS Superfinal, which will take place on April 27, and where they’ll compete for the prize of 16 million rubles.
Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists of our time, died on Wednesday, 14 March, at the age of 76. Stephen Hawking is best known for his outstanding book A Brief History of Time and his enormous zest for life (he floated in zero-gravity and even wanted to go to space, suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He helped popularise science and became “the No. 1 celebrity scientist”. In April 1988, his book, A Brief History of Time, was published and became a best-seller. Then the books Black Holes and Young Universes (1993) and The World in a Nutshell (2001) were published. In 2005 A Brief History of Time was reprinted. But this is not the whole list of Stephen Hawking’s books. So, we decided to review all his books and describe the role of these books in his life.
An international research team has produced an analog of a solid-body crystal lattice from hybrid photon-electron quasiparticles - polaritons. In the resulting polariton lattice, certain particles’ energy does not depend on their speed. At the same time, the lattice’s geometry, particle concentration and polarization properties can still be modified. This opens up new perspectives for study of quantum effects and the use of optical computing. Results of the study were published in Physical Review Letters.
In late February, ITMO University became one of the 30 sites of the QCTF Starter competition. Each year, more than 300 teams from all around Russia take part in the event; this time, 43 teams competed at ITMO only. As result, one of ITMO student teams won the competition and took the first place in the national ranking. Lubov Yurtaeva, the team’s captain, speaks about the competition’s procedure and tasks, and training in hacking offered by ITMO’s SPbCTF team.
Can a school student make a battery all by himself? How to grow chemical seaweed and jellyfish, and explain ionic replacement reactions to primary school students? ITMO University and the Mel Science company launch a new affiliate program that will teach kids chemistry in a way that is both enticing and safe. The children will get to work with chemical agents, explore many natural processes, and learn why chemical experiments are not only spectacular, but immensely interesting, as well. The program is feasible for children who are eight years old and older.
QS has revealed today its 2018 World University Rankings by Subject. This year, one of the most influential rankings in the world reviewed the performance of over 1,000 universities from 151 countries. QS researchers ranked the universities in 48 subjects and five general subject areas. ITMO University is now present in three subject rankings and, for the first time ever, is included in the Engineering & Technology subject area. ITMO’s highest position is in the Computer Science & Information Systems ranking, where it has gone up by 100 spots as compared to last year.
Sberbank President and Chairman of the Board Herman Gref delivered an open lecture at ITMO University yesterday. He stressed the importance of being the first to reach the future and developing information and digital technologies today that will change the way we live tomorrow. What are those technologies and how are they changing business models? What mode of thinking should be adopted by the professionals of the future? ITMO.NEWS sums up the key points.
How to defend your thesis and win two grants at the same time? What is it like being ITMO’s Ambassador? How to combine working in an international laboratory in Berlin and parenting? Irina Martynenko, a graduate student of the Department of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, knows about it firsthand. ITMO.NEWS asked her some questions about her experience.
The countrywide “I am a Professional” competition, which was launched in December of 2017, has recently come to an end. Nearly 300,000 participants from all over Russia participated in 27 different tracks. Medalists and runner-ups were presented with their awards on March 14 at a special ceremony. All of them will be offered preferential admission to the best universities of the country, as well as internships in major companies.
Scientists from ITMO University have developed magnetically-driven nanoparticles containing thrombin. A drug based on these nanoparticles can be injected intravenously and delivered straight to the site of a vascular injury to stop internal bleeding. It can accelerate local clot formation and reduce overall blood loss by up to 15 times. The nanoparticles are not toxic to humans and can potentially be used for safe treatment. The results were published in Scientific Reports.
Dmitry Moscovich, CIO at Gazprom Transgaz Saint-Petersburg, on Introducing IT Systems at Enterprises
In 10-12 years, there will be a great demand for specialists who can develop IT systems for business processes, believes Dmitry Moscovich, CIO at Gazprom Transgaz Saint-Petersburg. During a guest lecture at the Department of Information Systems and Technologies in High-Tech Business, he gave advice to novice specialists in this field, and expanded on the internships that the company offers to students.
Anton Gusarov, a PhD student at the High-Performance Computing Department, spent nearly three weeks working on the European Union’s project SILIKA as a visiting researcher at the Chalmers University of Technology. The project aims to establish a technological foundation for next-gen 5G mobile networks. Funded by the EC Horizon 2020 program, it involves scientists from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as representatives of major companies.
Back when ITMO student Yaroslav Prikazchikov was training at a vocational school (referred to as “colleges” in Russian) he already thought that it’s really uncomfortable that students have to keep track of changes in their schedule on the college’s website, and the communication with group presidents and fellow students is quite ineffective, so they often fail to receive important information on time. In order to optimize this process, he and his team first developed a chatbot for VK, then a mobile app, but never ceased to work on a better solution. Today, his new project is being accelerated at the Future Technologies accelerator. Several of St. Petersburg’s vocational schools already plan to give the new service a try, and in the future, Yaroslav is planning to introduce it in the regions. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, he shared about his project and the peculiarities of working with vocational schools.
Horum is a virtual lecture hall where users can study any subject they like. The project’s team has been working on this service for more than three months, and they already have a demo lesson accessible to nearly any smartphone released after 2012. What is more, the online service can also be used to access the user’s VR projects and conduct lab work in a remote format. Starting with last year, the project is being accelerated as part of ITMO’s Future Technologies START program.