A special international summer school for urban studies was held in August, organized by HafenCity University Hamburg. ITMO Students from the Institute of Design and Urban Studies have been participating in the event since 2014. This year, two Master’s students went to Hamburg to participate, Ekaterina Ilina and Mulud Bashir-Sherif. More about the summer school and the 60 students from 8 countries who participated is described below.
Three centuries ago, Peter the Great had decreed that St. Petersburg’s streets were to be lit with oil lanterns. Thus, the country’s new capital became the first Russian city to have public lighting. Today, St. Petersburg remains one of the country’s best examples of urban light environment. But each year, new approaches to lighting design, architecture and smart-city engineering appear all over the world. This field itself is becoming a platform not only for lighting designers, architects and artists, but for scientists, researchers and IT specialists as well. Participants of the roundtable discussion “Light in the City: design or programming. New technological developments and tools for modern urban analysis” discussed the future, why modern cities require more than a safe light environment, and how to use new technologies to change the approach to street lighting.
Last night, at Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg, a special opening of the Russian Youth Foresight Festival “Pravo Rulya” [or “Go Starboard!”] took place. The festival is devoted to transport and traffic. ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations (FTMI), St. Petersburg’s Education Committee and St. Petersburg’s City Youth Art Palace are organizing the event for the second time for school and university students from the ages of 7 to 25. The festival will go on for an entire week, during which future transport systems will be discussed. ITMO.NEWS writes about the opening and what to expect in 2050.
Today, TV sets based on quantum dots are becoming a common thing, which means that one of the most interesting quantum technologies invented in the 1980s is being gradually introduced in our everyday life. Thanks to the development of colloid synthesis, quantum dots are now applied in many optoelectronic devices that can already compete with their regular counterparts - photovoltaic elements, LEDs, photon detectors. So, what are the key advantages of this technology, and are the new devices ready for mass production? What are the relevant issues that scientists will have to solve in the nearest future? A group of researchers from ITMO University answered these questions in a review on the new concepts and progress in studying quantum dots published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A - a title by the British Royal Society of Chemistry.
It’s Wednesday again, which is the time for our usual review on the noteworthy events and activities that will take place in St. Petersburg this week; so, make your choice and remember: studying may be a priority, but a good rest is most essential to keeping up with it!
Yesterday marked the seventh time when students, staff and friends of ITMO University meet with Rector Vladimir Vasilyev for a picturesque bike ride in St. Petersburg’s seaside district. This year, the baton was picked up in Vladivostok, where the international conference METANANO-2017 is currently underway. After midnight in Moscow time (7:30 AM in Vladivostok), 40 participants of the conference, including Russian and international professors, scientists and students, started the final day of the conference with an invigorating bike ride. How a tradition brings together people from the opposite ends of a continent and across all generations – all that and more in our article.
Scientists are still trying to figure out how music affects our brain and why, just like any other art, we all experience it differently. But new discoveries in understanding the physical effect of music on the human brain are made all the time. It has been revealed that music can modify the brain structure, affect the taste of beer, and make men more attractive; it also turns out that the upbeat Beatles and the depressive Nortt are equally as good at making us feel better. In this ITMO.NEWS article, find out what scientists have learned about our relationship with music.
ITMO University’s high school students’ robotics team has made it into World Robot Olympiad, which will be held in November in Costa Rica. The main theme of this year's competition is sustainability, creating sustainabots that can change our world without affecting it, integrating environmental, social and economic aspects. So, the special team trained at ITMO will show the world their Forester robot, which can automatically monitor the environmental status of forests. In addition to "Forester", three more Russian robots will go to Costa Rica.
Last week we told you about the advantages students in St. Petersburg have when getting around the city and exploring its cultural heritage. But what about having fun and feeling the taste of St. Petersburg? Today, we’ve prepared a list of the privileges that students and members of ITMO’s Student Union have in terms of going to the movies and theatre, eating and finding entertainment. After all, studying at the university is much more fun when you also get to enjoy yourself every once in a while.
Popular science is becoming more and more in-demand by the modern society: science lectures gather audiences even on weekends. But does that mean that people are becoming more interested in science? Or does it happen because they see popular science as just source of entertainment? Anna Krongauz, the editor of popular science website N+1, discussed these issues in an interview with ITMO.NEWS. As she explains, not only does the public want to know more about science, but it is already unwittingly engaged in the discussion about the high-technology future. In short, our society is becoming all the more interested in popular science.
To accept the challenges of the 21st century, to remain open to the most outlandish ideas, to share their last bitcoin with their friends and to try not to hack Pentagon without a good reason – these are the promises made by the thousands of first-year students of the “first non-classical” as they began the new academic year at ITMO University. The massive open-air event unfolded on a square in front of the “Baltiyskiy Dom” theatre in Alexandrovskiy Park. There, ITMO University’s new students learned about the new opportunities provided to them by the university, raced against each other, played tug-of-war with an enormous USB cable and took part in raffles. As per tradition, they sealed a “Memory Stick” with their messages which will be read out in six years on their graduation day.
The summer is over, you got a new roommate in the dorms, and the first lecture will be this week already - scary, isn’t it? After the summer holidays, adapting to a new lifestyle of work or study may take a long time, and the unfinished projects would just pile up towards the end-of-semester exams… Read about the ways to increase - or, at least, retain your efficiency in an article by ITMO.NEWS!
ITMO’s Higher School of Lighting Design entered the top-5 universities according to PLDC (Professional Lighting Design Convention) and was nominated for the prestigious PLDR award. Among the short-runners are universities and professionals from the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and Great Britain. The winner will be announced this November during the PLDC conference in Paris. Read more about the convention and reasons behind the School’s success in an article by ITMO.NEWS.
Times Higher Education has published the results of its World University Rankings 2017−2018 (THE WUR 2018). 18 Russian universities have been named among the world's top-100 educational institutions; ITMO University took the 501-600 position. In comparison with last year, it has succeeded in improving its International Outlook indicator, which reflects the increase in the number of international lecturers and students, as well as the number of papers written in collaboration with foreign researchers.
Two new Master's programs in English - Nanoengineering for Green Chemistry and Advanced Materials and Molecular Biosensing and Biorobotics - were launched this year at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology of ITMO's Biochemistry cluster. These educational programs adhere to the modular approach, hence the students can choose the subjects they want to learn, make the most of the lectures read by internationally renowned guest speakers, as well as participate in academic mobility programs and plan their unique educational paths. Yet, education is not the primary goal here, but just a great complement to intensive work at the SCAMT (Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies) International Laboratory. Students will take part in relevant research projects and publish their papers in top-rated science magazines. Thus, the new programs gathered the most promising graduates from the country's best universities; the new Master's students shared about the kinds of research they are interested in, what they expect from studying at ITMO University and how its Master's programs differ from those in other universities.
From August 14 to 25, ITMO hosted the first Algorithm summer school on machine learning, organized in collaboration with the STC (Speech Technology Center) IT company. Any technical student, starting with third years', as well as young scientists and specialists could participate in the school; all one had to do is pass the entrance competition. Read more about the new initiative and how such programs can become a start of one's career!
This summer the Girls4Tech project school for female programmers, engineers and entrepreneurs was launched in St. Petersburg and Moscow. It is organized by ITMO University, the Moscow Polytechnic University and the Moscow office of international accelerator NUMA. In late August, a hackathon was held as part of the program. Participants from both cities met at ITMO University in the offices of the IdealMachine accelerator to try and solve case tasks from ITMO University and the Petrovich and Bayer companies.
Natalia Khanzhina, Ph.D. student at the Computer Technologies Department, is the recipient of a scholarship from Sberbank. The fledgling researcher took part in an IT project competition that required her to make a system that would create customized investment portfolios for customers. The program involves deep-learning technology; after completion, it will be adopted by the bank’s system while Natalia herself will have the opportunity to intern in the company’s IT department or even find employment there.
Every ITMO student has the opportunity to participate in international exchange programs; in essence, all you have to do is make up your mind, choose a program, and put together the necessary paperwork. In this article by ITMO.NEWS, the International Educational Programs Department and some of the recent exchange students share their advice and experience.