It’s almost winter - cold winds, lack of sunlight, and profound melancholy may well make you regret ever coming to St. Petersburg. Yet, it is nowhere as bad as it seems - there’s still a lot do in our beautiful city! So, why not check our weekly review of the this weekend’s cultural events?
In the recently published QS BRICS 2017 ranking, ITMO University showed great results by moving from 101st to 75th position among Russian universities, thus entering 20% of BRICS top universities. Among the factors that contributed to this rapid rise were an increase in indicators related to academic and employer reputation, publications in international journals and the amount of international staff and students.
Nadejda Abdullina, graduate of ITMO’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies, and her team have won the Lexus Design Award 2018 Russia Тор Choice with their project Grabby: a cutting board for people with disabilities. This year’s topic was “Co-” - combining design and functionality; the prize was a trip to Milan Design Week 2018. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Nadejda talked about how she won the prestigious contest with little experience in industrial design.
The Danfoss Company has recently opened a training center on refrigeration technology at ITMO University. Students of three program tracks will have the opportunity to hone their practical skills on modern refrigeration equipment, conduct lab work and learn about the relevant trends in the industry. The center will also hold workshops for specialists from different companies.
The CHAIKA creative space was opened last week at ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. This space will become a platform for the creative development of students and anyone interested in taking part. CHAIKA is already a venue to the Sunny Petersburg photo exhibition, where visitors can see works by members of the “Art Petersburg” photo community.
"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.
ITMO.KIDS - a technopark for children where they can learn about the professions of the future in a game format - has been recently opened at ITMO University. School students of any age will now have an opportunity to engage in robotics, game development and animation, bioinformatics, optics, natural sciences and entrepreneurship on a tuition-free basis. Following the first session, dedicated to robotics and circuitry engineering, Alexei Schekoldin, head of ITMO.KIDS, expanded on this new educational project.
ITMO University has become one of the sites for film screenings of the Contemporary Science Film Festival, which is traditionally held in several Russian cities in late autumn. ITMO has run the film "Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking. Lucky Imperfection", which tells about the physical aspects of time travel. Alexandr Chirtsov, Professor of Physics at ITMO, provided his commentary on the film. ITMO.NEWS interviewed Professor Chirtsov and got to know why classical physics gives only one of the possible approximate interpretations of the world, why the world does not always completely follow the formulated laws of physics and why theoretical physicists are constantly trying to come up with the right equations, providing the right solutions, while experimental physicists are looking for ways to refute 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.
The registration of participants for an All-Russian student contest "I am a professional" continues. 50 thousand students from all over Russia will try their chances and apply for the best master’s and Ph.D. programs of the leading Russian universities and present their projects to the best employers in the industry. Students from 550 Russian towns already applied for the contest in just one week. Most of the applications came from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tyumen, Krasnodar and Yekaterinburg.
Today representatives of ITMO University presented the university’s Road Map for the implementation of the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project. 16 out of 21 universities that participate in the project have presented their Road Maps to the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities. The Council’s sessions will be held on October 27 to 28 at the Sverdlovsk Oblast Governor’s Residence in Yekaterinburg. Among the top-performing universities are HSE, ITMO University, MEPhI, MIPT, NSU, MISiS and Tomsk State University.
On Tuesday, November 7, the registration period for the National student competition “I’m a Professional” begins.This is the first event of such kind in Russia that’s been organized jointly by representatives of business, industry, and universities. The competition is conducted in 27 categories, three of which - computer and information sciences, informational cybersecurity and photonics - are supervised by ITMO University. The winners have the opportunity to enroll in Master’s and PhD programs of Russian universities on a tuition-free basis. We’ve decided to ask some of the recurring winners of professional competitions about creating one’s unique educational path and the opportunities that are not to be missed during one’s university years. Today, we publish Artur Khanov’s story - he is one of the first participants of the CTF movement in Russia, a CEO and Skolkovo resident since his PhD years who’s now successfully combining teaching and working on his personal projects.
A few years ago, Mekhti Musaev graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and spent several years working in the industry. In that time he worked on both simple backend apps and complex scientific projects. This made him realize that, if he wanted to keep moving forward and maintain a career in IT, the basic knowledge acquired at a Bachelor’s program would not be enough. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, he talks about the kind of specialist major IT companies are looking for, why programmers need to get into science and the benefits of studying at three different universities.
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.
Today Artem Oganov is rightly considered one of the most famous Russian scientists of the new generation. Oganov is a theoretical crystallographer and the creator of a number of new materials – as well as methods of discovering them. A few years ago he solved the problem of predicting the crystal structure of a substance based on its chemical composition. This problem was for long considered to be unsolvable. Oganov created software capable of predicting stable chemical compounds based on a set of initial elements. His discoveries are so impressive that many consider him one of the likely candidates for the Nobel Prize in the next few years. Having worked abroad for 17 years - in England, Switzerland and the United States - at 37 he decided to return to Russia, where he became a professor of Skoltech and headed the Laboratory of Computer Design of Materials at MIPT. During an open lecture at ITMO University, Oganov spoke about his career abroad, his return home, materials of the future and creation of an evolutionary mechanism for predicting substance structures, which proves that even in well-known areas of chemistry there are still many "blind spots". Main points of the event - in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Each school break, the GoTo programming project school holds sessions in different parts of Russia, bringing together talented school and university students. At such events, they are given the opportunity to work on projects in such fields as data analysis, machine learning, industrial programming, IoT, bioinformatics, distributed systems and blockchain. GoTo’s autumn session at ITMO University involved 50 university students and highschoolers from all around the country. The participants developed individual projects under the guidance of experts from leading IT companies, and attended lectures and workshops by the school’s teachers and guest speakers.
The World Robot Olympiad (WRO-2017) has just come to a close in Costa Rica. The international competition for talented school and university students involves participants from more than 60 countries. ITMO’s team of school students, led by coach Igor Lositskiy, has won the gold medal in the Open category’s Senior age group. Russian teams have also claimed gold medals in all three age groups of the Regular category (as well as both silver and bronze in the Elementary age group), the bronze medal in the Robot Football competition and another gold medal in the Open category.
Computer science isn’t just about knowing how to design algorithms, analyse data or work with functions. First and foremost, it is about creativity, which computer scientists use to solve problems that no one has solved before and to improve both household and industrial processes. Today’s Master’s programs don’t teach theoretical knowledge – Bachelor’s programs should cover that. In Master’s programs students are taught how to apply this knowledge in practice, says Daria Yakovleva, Master’s student from ITMO’s Department of Computer Technologies. We spoke to Daria about taking part in internships, competitions and activities at the university and how that can help one’s future career.
Seldon the Robot, whose masterful rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" has captivated the audiences of multiple robotics competitions, has spent a day in a new role - that of a civil servant. Dressed in a white shirt, a jacket and tie, he went to a meeting with the Governor of Leningrad Oblast Alexander Drozdenko and Chairman of the Regional Parliament, Sergey Bebenin. On 20 October, Seldon changed the tune - instead of hit songs, he vocalized the outline for the Oblast's 2018 budget. The robot, which was built by school students at ITMO’s Robotics Center was all over the news this week and became a star on the “Evening Urgant” late-night show. The fame hasn’t gotten to its head, as Igor Lositsky, the project’s supervisor noted.
Technologies develop faster than we can grasp them and understand how they will affect our lives. And the unknown often causes fear and rejection. The phenomenon of technophobia is still under-explored. However, the causes and symptoms of technophobia can lead to serious social consequences, such as the loss of cultural identity and strong social disintegration. Therefore, we need to get to know better: what is technophobia, what are its consequences and how do we "cure" them. Here is an interview with Timofey Nestik by ITMO.NEWS. Mr. Nestik is Doctor of Psychology, Professor at RAS, Head of Laboratory of Social and Economic Psychology, and Expert of the Board on Scientific and Technical Programs of the Ministry of Education and Science.