Art is never boring, you just need to approach it right to fall under its spell. What you’ll be rewarded with is a whole new (but at the same time, wonderfully age-old) world of beauty, nuance, character, and history, as well as a potentially great new hobby and topic for small talk when the weather just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. How do I approach it right then, we hear you ask? Here are some of our tried-and-true tips on how to make museum-going less of a yawn and more of a yay, through the example of Russia’s (arguably, not to offend the feelings of the ever-irritable Moscovites) best museum, the State Hermitage.
How does one build a billion-ruble startup from scratch? On December 3 the founder of iGoods Grigory Kunis took part in a meet-up as part of the "Everything Is Possible in St. Petersburg" project. He spoke about his 25 years’ worth of experience of working in mass media and how it helped him to develop his new venture. ITMO.NEWS put down the highlights.
Light-guided photonics is one of the most rapidly developing disciplines of modern physics. Cutting-edge research in this field fosters the creation of new measuring systems for practically any physical value out there; one example is gyroscopes, which are integral for the effective operation of navigation systems. These next-gen optical fiber devices are the focus of ITMO University’s Laboratory of Alignment and Assembly of Light-Guided Photonic Devices, which is part of the Research Institute of Light-Guided Photonics headed by Prof. Igor Meshkovsky. ITMO.NEWS met with the Laboratory’s Head Stanislav Aksarin to learn about its creation and its current work.
How to set priorities and organize the learning process in the new digital era? By sending tasks via SMS or turning stuffy classrooms into interactive spaces? Marina Kazantseva, a business coach for personal effectiveness, and Maria Ososkova, an expert on career guidance, addressed the current issues of today's education in an interview for Megabyte Media.
ITMO University has recently hosted the School of Technology Brokering. The sixth event of this kind brought together specialists from companies and universities from 14 regions of Russia. The school's participants attended lectures by guest speakers and developed methods for commercializing scientific inventions. ITMO.NEWS spoke to the school's organizers and participants to find out about the program's strengths and weaknesses.
Now that we’re approaching the thick of December, there are more and more winter events on the horizon. Here’s our separate overview of those, but for the time being, we’re proclaiming our weekend guide an (almost) festive-free zone (you’re welcome). On this weekend’s agenda, art exhibitions by the truckload, one very lustrous festival, an observation of the Sun, and some niche holiday shopping!
The 11th St.Petersburg International Innovation Forum ended last week. Its participants from Russia's different regions, universities included, demonstrated their inventions in the fields of IT, security and medicine. ITMO University presented the concept of ITMO Highpark and the best startups developed by its students and staff.
ITMO University has recently hosted a scientific seminar of the National Center for Cognitive Technologies. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Anna Lutsenko, the Deputy Director of eScience Research Institute, and Klavdiya Bochenina, an associate professor at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, about the Center’s development plans.
Winter is here, and so is the festive spirit. Throughout December, numerous fairs, festivals, and meetups will pop up all around St. Petersburg. Here’s a handy guide to the most notable ones: from classic Christmas-y festivities and food fests to Soviet-style New Year’s celebrations.
Head of the .NET-Development Department at JetBrains Sergey Kux: Don’t Build a Process Just for the Sake of It
Many companies are now turning to specific technical solutions in their pursuit to streamline business processes and improve communications between teams. For the .NET-development Department of JetBrains, these consist of CI-integrated merge robot and organizational silver bullets such as EAP (Early Access Program), Feature Freeze, and others. In his recent visit to ITMO, Head of the .NET-development department of the company Sergey Kux met with the university’s students and staff and told them about effective practices for managing the development processes that are used at JetBrains.
From November 22 till December 15, 2018, an exhibition of concept designs for ITMO University’s new campus and innovations center Highpark will be hosted in the ITMO building at Lomonosova St. 9. Students, staff and guests can learn about each of the four architectural proposals and cast their vote by filling out a form on the spot or taking the online survey.
It’s a wrap for this year’s World Robot Olympiad (WRO-2018), an international competition for talented school and university students from more than 60 countries, and a good one at that for ITMO University’s robotics team, who took first prize in the Senior High age group. The team was led by coach Igor Lositskiy. In total, Russian teams have claimed three medals in all age groups of the Open category.
Researchers from ITMO University developed a method to enhance the activity of enzymes by using radio frequency radiation. The method requires making a special complex consisting of enzymes and magnetic nanoparticles. The particles can adsorb radio emission and convert it to heat, resulting in enzymatic processes acceleration by more than four times. At the same time, the particles-covered enzyme becomes more resistant to high temperatures. Such method can be used to create radio-controlled biochemical systems, as well as to adjust metabolism in living organisms. The results are published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.
For the first time ever, ITMO University students won the annual regional student competition in physics. Denis Sedov and Anton Shubnik, second-year Bachelor’s students at the Faculty of Physics and Engineering, took first place in both team and individual championships. The competition was held at St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the winners share their advice on how to solve competitions tasks to succeed.
ITMO University PhD student Gennadiy Korotkevich took first place in this year’s Topcoder Open Marathon Competition, which was held in Texas (US) on November 13-16. During a ten-hour final round, he left behind 11 other participants. What is more, this year, Gennadiy Korotkevich and Boris Minaev, ITMO graduate and ACM ICPC-2015 champion, got to the finals in the Algorithm track.
On November 17, the first session of ITMO Highpark’s international expert council was held as part of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The discussion revolved around proposed architectural and planning solutions for ITMO University’s innovative new campus in the Yuzhny satellite city, in the Pushkinsky District of St. Petersburg. Design concepts were showcased by bureaus from the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Russia. After reviewing the proposals, the international expert council is expected to pick one that will determine the future look of ITMO Highpark.
Last week, the Association of Student Sports Clubs of Russia (ASSC) celebrated its fifth anniversary and organized the National Forum of Student Sports Clubs, which took place in St. Petersburg and brought together 1,000 participants from 73 regions of Russia (250 universities). During the course of a week, they discussed ASSC’s development strategies and the future of student sports in Russia and chose the best student sports club. ITMO University’s club KronBars topped the ranking.
Last week, the St. Petersburg Committee on Science and Higher Education unveiled the results of a competition for the Government of St. Petersburg’s prizes in the field of science education. Its aim is to boost the youth’s involvement and support the training of young specialists in science and technologies. Several ITMO University staff were recognized for their innovative academic works. ITMO.NEWS met the winners to discuss their achievements and plans for their prizes.
Times Higher Education has published the latest global subject rankings in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering & Technology. This year, ITMO University has demonstrated the best performance of all Russian universities in the Computer Science rankings, whilst also remaining in the global top-100 for the third year in a row. As for the Engineering & Technology ranking, in which ITMO University made its debut last year, the university is among the top-3 Russian universities.
Neural Network-Generated Illustrations and Food Delivery App for the Visually Impaired: Teens in Tech School at ITMO
Teens in Tech, a school of technological entrepreneurship for high school students, was recently held at ITMO University. During the course of four days, the school’s participants listened to lectures, solved various tasks and worked on their own projects. Read about the most exciting ones in this article.