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Russia by Rail: A First-Hand Experience

Russia by Rail: A First-Hand Experience

Tiny beds, crowded spaces, boiled eggs, instant noodles, cup-a-soup, new friends, riding on the open road: these are some of the endearing features of the legendary Trans-Siberian railway that so many foreigners long to experience. While I’ve never taken the full route from west to east, I’ve had a fairly full experience of Russian train travel and it turned out more fun than I ever expected.

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Sberbank President Herman Gref: ”R&D That People Ridiculed Yesterday is Taking Over Markets Today”

Sberbank President Herman Gref: ”R&D That People Ridiculed Yesterday is Taking Over Markets Today”

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.

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This Weekend in St.Petersburg: February 23-25

This Weekend in St.Petersburg: February 23-25

This week, we’ll be resting for three days in a row. Friday, February 23 is the Defender of the Fatherland Day (or simply Men’s Day), which is a national holiday - and an official day off. Every holiday comes with celebrations of its own - so let’s have a look at the different events that will help you make the most of winter’s last weekend!

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METANANO-2018 Conference: How to Participate and What to Expect

METANANO-2018 Conference: How to Participate and What to Expect

The International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics METANANO 2018 will be held for the third time on September 17-21 in Sochi. Scientists from all around the world will come together to discuss the latest scientific discoveries and achievements; approximately half of the event’s guests will come from foreign universities and research centers. The METANANO conference is becoming increasingly popular due to its large scientific scope. This leads to more interdisciplinary research and, therefore, more practical applications are made for theoretical inventions.

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Digital Humanities: Education in 21st Century

Digital Humanities: Education in 21st Century

Modern information technologies are helping linguists, sociologists, culturologists and art experts quickly complete tasks that would have taken them years otherwise. New tools don’t just make things easier, but offer a new outlook on the challenges faced by researchers in humanities. Antonina Puchkovskaya, a teacher at ITMO’s Foreign Languages Department, has recently returned from a trip to New York where she held a workshop titled “How to Make Your Humanities Course More Digital: the Syllabus Redesign” as part of the NYC Digital Humanities Week. She spoke to ITMO.NEWS about the benefits of digital technologies in education and humanities.

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Academic Mobility: ITMO Student on Studying in Poland

Academic Mobility: ITMO Student on Studying in Poland

Artem Koksharov, Master’s student at ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations spent the last semester at one of Poland’s most prestigious universities - Wrocław University of Science and Technology. In the course of a single semester, he studied management in the field of computer technologies, got to know the European approach to personal data security, started to learn Polish and visited seven different countries in his free time.  In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Artem talked about the peculiarities of studying in Poland, and why Wrocław is one of the best European cities for students.

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ITMO Graduate’s Startup Uses Neural Networks to Make Online Ads Useful

ITMO Graduate’s Startup Uses Neural Networks to Make Online Ads Useful

ITMO graduate Vitaly Sotnikov’s startup NativeOS provides a way to automate native video advertising. The algorithm chooses which videos to embed the client’s advertisements in so that they fit the needs of its viewers. NativeOS is currently preparing for a full-on launch on the US market. Vitaly Sotnikov came to his alma mater on business – and found time to talk to ITMO.NEWS about his project and how it works.

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Apps We Love Here at ITMO

Apps We Love Here at ITMO

There’s an app for everything now – from travel to news to decoding DNA. We asked ITMO University team members about their favorite apps, and found a few we might just download too.

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ITMO Professor Emeritus Yuri Kivshar Among Winners of Web of Science Awards 2017

ITMO Professor Emeritus Yuri Kivshar Among Winners of Web of Science Awards 2017

The Web of Science Awards 2017 were presented in Moscow to scientists and scientific organizations for their contribution to science. Sixteen Russian scientists received awards, including Yuri Kivshar, research director of ITMO’s Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials and a professor of the Australian National University.

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Different Challenges, Different Teachers: Tatiana Chernigovskaya on Challenges of Digital Age

Different Challenges, Different Teachers: Tatiana Chernigovskaya on Challenges of Digital Age

Today’s computers allow us to conduct the most complex genomic research, and specialized software has long bested humans at chess and Go. Still, though we’ve lost to machines in terms of processing speed, our brain still exceeds the most powerful computers in terms of complexity. But do we really know how it works? And how can we apply this knowledge in the conditions of the ever-changing environment? Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Head of St. Petersburg State University’s Department of the Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, talked about the new challenges in cognitive science during an open lecture at ITMO University.

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