In search for some music inspiration? A diverse mix of genres and countries awaits in this monthly playlist by the ITMO.NEWS editorial team!
Students of Three European Universities Visit Russia to Study Closed-Loop Economy on the Example of St. Petersburg Companies
CREA-RE-RU is a joint project by ITMO University, University of Gävle (Sweden), Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), and University of Latvia. For two years now, the project’s participants have been solving real-life business cases provided by production plants and companies by developing effective schemes for utilizing natural resources. The project is divided into four study sessions: each semester, the participants are welcomed by a different partner university. ITMO University became the final venue, hosting the international students on February 17-21.
Smaragda (Esmeralda) Georgouli comes from Greece, she is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s in Athens, studying European and International Studies, at the University of Piraeus. She came to ITMO for an exchange semester in Industrial ecology. Fascinated by her point of view on different subjects — especially on her interest in art — we decided to have a small chat.
Scientists Develop Algorithm for Researching Evolutionary History of Species with Whole-genome Duplications
An international team of scientists created an algorithm for studying the evolutionary history of species with whole-genome duplications, chiefly yeast and plants. The program can be used to analyze the genetic information about these species and make conclusions on how whole-genome duplication took place and why it secured a foothold in the process of evolution. The article was published in Oxford Bioinformatics, one of the leading titles in the field of Computer Science.
ITMO collaborates with over a hundred universities all over the world and its students regularly participate in international internships and semester exchanges. In this article, the students of ITMO’s SCAMT Laboratory who’ve recently come back from European universities share their experience and advice on how to take part in an internship abroad and what perks this gives.
This weekend in St. Pete, celebrate Maslenitsa, stock up on homemade goods, and indulge in some opera – a fun program awaits!
On February 1-23, the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications hosted Measure of Chaos. Science as a Means of Communication, a wide-ranging Art&Science project that included workshops and lectures on this interdisciplinary field. LIFE FORMS, one of the key tracks of the project, focused on generative biology, bioethics and other disciplines within BioArt, which is among the most popular fields of Art&Science. ITMO University took part in this track by organizing a BioArt weekend. Laura Rodríguez, a specialist in the field of microbiology and a second-year Master’s student at ITMO’s Art&Science Master’s program, hosted two workshops on BioArt.
Clarivate Analytics Expert on Why Russian Researchers Get Cited Less and Universities Aren’t Included in Innovation Rankings
Today, sciento- and bibliometrics are very important: researchers worldwide are supposed to get published often and to check their papers’ citation index. However, experts note that bibliometrics is a sophisticated tool that needs to be applied properly in order to be actually useful for science and research. ITMO.NEWS met with Pavel Kasyanov, a scientometrics expert at Clarivate Analytics, a company that owns Web of Science, and found out why historians and physicists can’t be compared, why Russian researchers don’t get as many citations as their international colleagues, and why many experts criticize the Hirsch index.
EMI in Practice: ITMO Staff Participate in an English as a Medium of Instruction Internship at Boston University
A group of 15 ITMO University lecturers, including specialists from the Foreign Language Training Center, have participated in a three-week course at Boston University (the US). The program included theory and practice of English as a Medium of Instruction, as well as lectures and workshops delivered by experts of the American university. More about the lecturers’ experience in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Here's a peek at what students do at the ITMO University FabLab for everyone who's interested in DIY as part of student initiatives.
Sergey Makarov, Head of ITMO University’s Laboratory of Hybrid Nanophotonics and Optoelectronics and senior research associate at the Faculty of Physics and Engineering, became a laureate of the President of Russia Award for Young Scientists in the Field of Science and Innovation. The official results have been announced today, February 3, in Moscow, with the related decree published on the website of the president of Russia. The award recognized the physicist’s contribution to the studies of optical properties of resonant semiconductor nanoparticles the use of which can help improve solar cells and optical microscopes, and, in the future, advance in the fight against cancer as well as the creation of optical computers. More about the researcher’s work and its results in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Representing ITMO at the hackathon were four teams, two of which won in their respective tracks and passed into the finals. One of them, Golden PSZh, became the all-round winner of Russia’s first large-scale hackathon on digitalization in the field of tourism. Right now, the students are in discussions on incorporating their system into a potential customer’s operations. More on the students’ training in the Digital Generation club, the tracks and the solutions, as well as their impressions of the event in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
ITMO University has opened its 2020 admissions to Bachelor’s and Master’s studies. Applicants can already create a page on the admissions website and vie for a spot at ITMO. Here’s a short guide to the process.
Greg Tkachenko graduated with a Master's degree from ITMO University's Information Technologies and Programming Faculty in 2017, but he achieved his first professional successes while still a student. As a second-year student, Greg, along with a few other students of the Computer Technologies Department, was invited to take part in an internship at Yandex, where he spent almost two and a half years. Then, he received offers from Mail.ru Group and Facebook, which he turned down to work on the startup AI Factory, which he co-founded with Alexander Mashrabov and Victor Shaburov. In December 2019, the company was acquired by Snapchat’s parent company Snap for $166 million. Greg Tkachenko sat down for a chat with ITMO.NEWS and told us where to find ideas for your tech startup and how to deal with failure.
Infochemistry is a new experimental field of science that studies the storage and processing of information at the molecular level. What does it mean? Who exactly studies it? And what does it have to do with IT? That was what we asked the specialists now at work at ITMO’s Infochemistry Center. Read on to learn more about this new field, the full potential of which is yet to be discovered, in our illustrated series.
The Art of Managing the University of the Future: A Roundtable on Effective University Governance Held in St. Petersburg
Recently, the European University at St. Petersburg hosted a roundtable on the topic “By whom and how a modern university should be managed: top-down vs shared governance”. In the course of the discussion, experts and representatives of universities weighed up on the questions of which challenges today’s universities are faced with, whether they should change, and which governance model is the most effective.
Digital Humanities Week: Physicist and Mathematician Ivan Yamshchikov on the Use of Algorithms in Humanities Research
ITMO University is currently hosting the SPBDH Week Digital Humanities Week, which features lectures, discussions and workshops on interdisciplinary communications and research. Opening the event was physicist and mathematician Ivan Yamshchikov, who presented his research on the topic of “Data Analysis, Reproducibility and Living People”. The researcher also expanded on the use of algorithms and data analysis in humanities research. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.
A group of researchers from ITMO University has come up with the concept of a new drug against cancer: a nanorobot made of DNA fragments, which can potentially be used not only to destroy cancer cells but also to locate them in the body. The research is published in Chemistry – A European Journal.
Over the course of five days, students from all over Russia will be attending lectures, taking part in workshops and preparing team projects. The winners will get the opportunity to enroll in ITMO’s Master’s and PhD studies without entrance examinations. The event’s general partner is Sberbank of Russia.
Smart Cities, Robot Bureaucrats: Japanese Digitalization Expert on Building the Right Kind of Society 5.0
In recent years, Japan has been moving in the direction of creating a new strategy of socio-economic relations and cultural development of the country. Dubbed Society 5.0, the strategy puts an emphasis on the proliferation of high technology in all spheres of life. At the end of January, St. Petersburg welcomed a leading Japanese expert in the field of digitalization – Toshiyuki Zamma, Executive Advisor to Government CIO (Government of Japan Chief Information Officer). In his lecture, which took place at ITMO University, the expert spoke about the successes Japan managed to achieve in integrating high technology in different spheres of society, and also tried to warn about the problems and pitfalls awaiting the society and government on this uneasy path.