It’s hard to see through that sparkling Miyazaki haze that surrounds Japanese anime culture, but once you do, you’ll find that the Land of the Rising Sun is awash with other genius animators who are no less worthy of attention. As much as we love the maestro himself (keep your eyes peeled for our Studio Ghibli best-of!), we’d like you to meet our other anime idols; we promise that they’ll woo you just as much!
Last week ITMO University was host to the second International Conference “Lab Space Design”. The conference is organized in collaboration with Bicasa SRL (Italy), a leading manufacturer of laboratory furniture and fume hoods, the Rosanalit-Test engineering company and ITMO University’s International Research Center "Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium". Guests of the conference discussed the modern architecture of research centers, safety standards, ergonomics, eco-friendliness and complex solutions for lab spaces. Fabio Biffi, head of Bicasa SRL, spoke about his company’s main principles in designing lab equipment.
ITMO University is currently hosting the 10th international conference "Basic Problems of Optics" (BPO'2018). From October 15 to 19, scientists will be discussing the relevant issues of theoretical research in the fields of optics, photonics, and quantum technologies, as well as their practical applications.
“What do you think was the first chemical reaction in the world?”, it is with this curveball that Vasily Filippov, founder of MEL Science, a company which designs chemistry kits that help children make their first steps in science, opened his lecture at ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory. But this experiments-based venture is an experiment for Vasily himself: he embarked on this adventure after an impressive fifteen-year record of developing mobile apps. Daria Lampadova from Megabyte Media, a student media outlet powered by ITMO University, quizzed the entrepreneur on what prompted him to quit his successful career of a programmer and how he plans to revolutionize the approach to modern education.
This February, the team behind the telemedical healthcare startup Laeneco won a pitch session organized by ITMO University’s Technopark together with Japanese business experts. This victory gave them the opportunity to bring their hi-tech device for monitoring lung conditions to Fukuoka (Japan), where they participated in the prestigious WARAKU SUMMIT. The project has already made its entrance on the Japanese market, having received the backing of the country’s government. ITMO.NEWS met with Laeneco’s founder Ilya Skorobogatov to find out why the Land of the Rising Sun is so receptive to telemedical services and why launching on the Japanese market is often much easier than doing the same in Europe or the US.
Twirl and pirouette at a classy ballroom dance, get a glimpse of the Eternal City, immerse yourself into the early 20th century Russian music scene, and travel back to the Art Nouveau era with a fashion exhibition – this weekend’s line-up offers lots of opportunities to get away from the autumn’s doom and gloom!
In the past year, profit from video gaming amounted to 137 billion USD. The moviemaking industry, for comparison, “only” makes two-thirds of that, a measly 90 billion. And the market for games keeps on growing as handheld devices start to surpass PlayStation 3 in performance. Artem Polyakov, a business development director at TRACE Studio, came to ITMO University last week to talk with students about making it in today’s expanding market.
On September 30, a course on ‘Circular economy and sustainable natural resources management” was launched as part of the CREA-RE-RU international project. Led by the Faculty of Food Biotechnologies and Engineering’s teacher Anastasia Pavlova, four ITMO students majoring in ‘Ecological engineering’ and ‘Industrial ecology and cleaner production’ visited the University of Latvia to work on real-life tasks in the field of resource conservation. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the participants talked about participants talked about what a green economy is all about and discussed the importance of such international initiatives.
ITMO University has improved its position in this year’s QS BRICS 2018/19 ranking, moving up 11 places and placing 64th in the Top-400. Every year, the ranking evaluates the performance of universities in the five BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Often referred to as the Cultural Capital of Russia, St. Petersburg is all about galleries, exhibitions, art spaces, museums, concerts, creative meetings, poetry readings and street art. But its main attraction is theater, “a true temple of art”. Classic or modern, royally chic or hidden in dark cellars, with a rich history or brand new, innovative, social or bold, you can find whatever you like! Stop, you don’t like theater at all? You just haven’t found the right one for you yet! You're just starting to learn Russian? You don't have to understand everything to enjoy the atmosphere and the experience. Here we have several modern and unpretentious theaters you can start your search with…
Mikhail Mirzayanov, the founder of the Codeforces competitive programming platform, will teach web development at ITMO University. He moved to St. Petersburg from Saratov, where he was engaged in the development of the Olympiad Training Center for students. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he talked about his motivation to join ITMO team and create his online training platform for programmers.
Today marks the start of the registration process for the ‘I am a Professional’ national competition for students. For a second year in a row, students from all over Russia can try their hand at the competition’s challenges in a bid to win an internship in a major company, a money prize, and easy access to Master’s and PhD degrees in leading Russian universities. This year’s competition consists of 54 tracks, five of which are coordinated by ITMO University.
It was only two years ago that ITMO University graduate Alexander Golovatiy came up with the idea of ‘Surprise Me’, an app that allows users to create and sell their own quests. He enlisted the help of two of his friends and started working weekends. Today, the company raises up to 400,000 roubles of monthly revenues and is to hire five new staff and receive its first investor backing. After the first interview with Alexander in 2016 when he had only just unveiled his Surprise Me project, ITMO.NEWS follows up on how the startup has changed over the years.
Vitaly Aksenov, staff member of ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, graduated from school at the age of 15. At the age of 24, he got his PhD at a leading French university. During the past several years, Vitaly has been working in the field of concurrent computing, solving fundamental tasks that have to do with optimizing data structures. In future, he is planning to continue his research in Austria. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the young scientist spoke about his research interests, experience, and ideas.
Scientists from ITMO University’s Research Institute of Laser Physics have developed a high-power laser with short pulse duration for use in a lunar laser locator. The locator will make it possible to measure the distance between the Moon and Earth with a margin of error of just a few millimeters. This would make it possible to correct calculations of celestial coordinates of the Moon in order to improve the accuracy of satellite navigation systems. An article on the new laser was published in Optics Letters.
International Olympiad in Informatics 2018 Winners: Even If You’re Tired, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goals
This September, Russian school students managed to win not one, but four prizes at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Japan. Two members of the winning team, golden and silver medalists Ramazan Rakhmatullin from Kazan and Mikhail Anoprenko from St. Petersburg, have now enrolled at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, where they continue their training under the associate professor Andrey Stankevich and dream of one day becoming champions of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. ITMO.NEWS met the students to find out how to get into programming, why you shouldn’t give up if you haven’t made it to an international competition on your first try, and how being a contestant can come in handy in everyday life.
The Nobel week has just ended in Stockholm. Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou, and Donna Strickland were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for breakthroughs in the field of lasers. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, “the inventions being honored this year have revolutionized laser physics”. In this article, ITMO researchers talk about the significance of the inventions.
Yesterday marked the ninth time when ITMO’s students, teachers, staff and friends met with Rector Vladimir Vasilyev for a picturesque bike ride in St. Petersburg’s seaside district. This time, they were accompanied by the participants of the METANANO 2018 International Conference that is taking place in Sochi. This year’s ride brought together more than 200 people, including the University’s research associates, exchange students from different countries, and even 2010 Nobel Prize winner in physics Prof. Andre Geim.
The Limitless Fashion project was founded in 2016 by Valeria Kudrina, a student of Saint-Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design who’d been working with disabled people for several years by then. Some time later, she was joined by Polina Andreeva, her peer. The two students who studied on a costume design program started to develop a project on designing adaptive clothing for wheelchair users of different ages. The project got second place in the People Need You! federal contest conducted by ITMO’s Volunteer Center, and got into Tommy Hilfiger’s selection of top-20 socially important projects. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Polina Andreeva spoke about how their project helps integrate handicapped people into society.
The Sirius Art & Science Park in Sochi has recently hosted a four-day Conference School on Photonics, Radio Physics and Nanotechnologies. More than 60 students from Russian universities attended lectures and workshops, competed in a hackathon, and visited their first “real” science conference, METANANO-2018, which brought together more than 300 experts in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials from all over the world. Speaking to ITMO.NEWS, the students shared the details of their research and gave their answers to the question of why fundamental science is relevant today and why conferences matter.