How do scientists work with living cells? And how can advanced software be of help in this line of research? On March 14 at the seminar “The Fundamentals of NMR and GC-MS metabolic synthesis with the use of the SIMCA program”, professor Jacobus Johannes Marion Meyer from the University of Pretoria and his graduate assistant Sewes Alberts expanded on these issues. The event was organized by ITMO’s Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium International Research Center.
Being a newly-minted plant lover, I never miss a chance to visit the true mecca for nature enthusiasts of all sorts that is the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden. After my latest retreat to this tropical paradise away from March’s mud and gloom, I decided to share how excited I feel about this place with a friend of mine. “How often do you go there? Every month? What on earth can you do there every month?” was her reaction. Many things, actually.
At the beginning of March, a number of ITMO University students went to Innopolis University to participate in the Competition of the National Technology Initiative, which they ended up winning. Previously held exclusively for school students, in 2019 the competition was spread to university students. By participant’s accounts, the organization process wasn’t always up to standard, but the four days of dynamic work and exciting collaborations at the state-of-the-art science center and communication were worth it. More on the competition and life in Innopolis below.
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are among today’s most promising technologies. Despite the growing popularity, one can get a free introduction to this field at one of the world’s best universities, Oxford Brookes. Yulia Trushina and Alena Jigalova, ITMO Master’s students from the Multimedia Technologies, Design and Usability program, who recently participated in this educational course, share their experience.
On March 15, Netflix launched its new animation anthology Love, Death & Robots. Produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (Fight Club), this series of 18 Sci-Fi shorts is a brainchild of teams from 11 countries. Such a potpourri of ideas boiled down to a kind of animation speed dating with no plot strings attached, instead opting to woo the hearts and minds of spectators with its dazzling visual effects and spectacular genre variety.
Catch the exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s works, listen to classical music at St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and go to space at the Virtual Reality World show! Here is our weekly list of the best events taking place in St. Pete this weekend.
A group of researchers from ITMO University and the company Knomics conducted a month-long experiment studying how the microbiota of 150 volunteers responded to regular consumption of probiotics-enriched fermented dairy products. Published in Nutrients, the findings demonstrate that the introduction of these dietary changes increases the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which in its turn can have a positive impact on the overall health condition. The project was conducted with the participation of PepsiCo R&D Inc.
Should we perceive a city according to its administrative layout, or it is better to consider how its citizens fathom the urban environment? In the late 1960s, American geographists introduced the term “vernacular region”. In recent years, Russian urban scientists also started to research this subject. At a joint seminar organized by ITMO’s Institute of Design and Urban Studies and MLA+, experts discussed why it’s necessary to study regions that are not outlined by official borders, and how that can contribute to improving the urban environment.
Moving to a new country can be daunting and it comes with many twists and challenges. I know this from my own experience and talking to friends who have lived abroad. Here are some tips that I hope will help you when you move to Russia!
Ksenia Mosina, a Master’s student at ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory, went to Canada as part of her student exchange program to participate in research on the synthesis of gold core-shell nanoparticles for biosensing and photocatalysis. The results of the research were published in Nanoscale. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Ksenia shares about her experiences and the skills she acquired in the Canadian laboratory.
On December 18, the Winter School “It’s Your Call!”, organized by ITMO University and Sberbank, began its second season. 180 bachelor and Master’s students from all over Russia joined each other in St. Petersburg. On the first day, Andrey Sebrant – Yandex company’s Director of Product Marketing – welcomed the students and shared some advice on how not to get lost on one’s journey into the future.
QS WUR by Subject 2019: ITMO University in Top-150 in Computer Science and First in Russia in Art & Design
The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 have just been revealed. ITMO University has strengthened its positions in three subject rankings – ‘Computer Science & Information Systems’, ‘Engineering: Electrical & Electronic’, and ‘Physics & Astronomy’ – in two of which the University has risen by 150 places. ITMO also appears in three other QS subject rankings. In the ‘Art & Design’ ranking, ITMO University has made its debut in the global top-200 and secured the first place among Russian universities.
ITMO University and Government of Moscow’s Department for Education and Science to Launch IT Classes in City’s Schools
Isaac Kalina, a minister in the Government of Moscow and head of the latter’s Department for Education and Science, and ITMO University rector Vladimir Vasilyev have signed a road map on the implementation of the project “IT classes in Moscow schools”. Earlier, the initiative was put forward by the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin. The classes, which aim to introduce school students to modern information technologies, are to be launched starting from September 1, 2019.
Helping Sleepwalkers, Fighting Excessive Snow and Ensuring Better Security on Campus: Best Projects by 2019 “It’s Your Call!” Participants
“It’s Your Call!”, a winter school organized by ITMO University together with Sberbank, has just come to a close. Attending this year were 180 contestants of the five educational tracks (Programming and IT, Data- and Cybersecurity, Big Data, Robotics, and Photonics) of the national student competition “I am a Professional”. Over the course of five days, the students took part in project work to find a solution to topical social and infrastructural issues with the help of modern technologies. All project work topics went under the common banner of “campus life”. ITMO.NEWS reports on the projects that made it onto the winners’ podium.
Last weekend, the Ingria business incubator hosted the 4SPB: Machine Learning for Civil Projects hackathon. For two days more than 50 participants, including students and staff of ITMO University, worked with data from ecological, human rights and charity organizations as well as social and urban projects. In this article, we'll be talking about how machine learning can be used to develop food-sharing services, solve the issue of human rights violations and promote citizen activism.
The results of the safety review of ITMO University’s buildings on Lomonosova st. 9 (Building 1-М, Building 3-В and Е, Building 4-Б), confirmed that the collapse that occurred in Building 2-А, had no effect on the main bearing elements and foundations of other buildings. The continued functioning and maintenance of the current buildings have been deemed feasible. In this regard, access to buildings 1 and 3 will be open from March 18 for all employees of the University. On March 19, the classes will resume in buildings 1 and 3. The modified schedule for March 19 will be available in the University information system (ISU) from Monday and will be updated daily during the week. Building 4 is planned to be opened in April, once a safe entrance from other buildings is put in place.
The long-awaited Russian videogame Atomic Heart is embroiled in controversy. It wasn’t long ago that the game’s trailer racked up over 500,000 views on YouTube – a near-unprecedented number for a Russian game – but some of the game’s developers have anonymously complained of unnecessarily rough management at the studio and constant, unpredictable firings. We spoke to members of the Russian GameDev community, educators, and partners of ITMO University’s Master’s program ‘Game Development Technologies’ to find out if the rumors about Atomic Heart have any weight to them, and how newcomers to the industry can avoid such situations.
Georgiy Bobashev is a Fellow at the RTI International (USA), an independent, nonprofit research institute. Today, the institute uses Big Data analysis to study various aspects of life in the USA, primarily those concerning healthcare. Researchers work on issues related to drug addiction, medical products, the propagation of diseases such as HIV or diabetes, and other topics. Georgiy Bobashev has recently come to ITMO University for an open lecture and spoke to ITMO.NEWS about his experience with analyzing medical data, what socially significant research is being done in the USA right now, and which scientific methods give us answers to some of the most important questions.
Bioinformatics specialists from ITMO University and the Institute of Gene Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences have recently published a children’s book about germs. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Alexander Tyakht and Dmitriy Alekseev from ITMO’s laboratory ‘Computer technologies’ share about their book and the importance of explaining complex scientific concepts to kids.
Evolutionary Biologist David Seaborg: Science Enriches Our Lives with Fantastic Ideas and Discoveries
When talking about science, David Seaborg says that the music, art, and theater are important in exciting people and catching their interest about science and scientific issues, such climate change and the extinction crisis. A renowned evolutionary biologist and the son of Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg, David has founded and currently leads the World Rainforest Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the rainforest and preserving biodiversity worldwide. This year, David Seaborg will speak at the 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table that will take place at ITMO University. We talked to the scientist about the usefulness Periodic Table, the promising potential of alternative energy sources, and why establishing a dialog between politicians and society is so important.