Georgy Kopanitsa has worked as an expert on data-driven medicine at the Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. According to his estimates, in just a few years new medical data systems will make doctors’ work easier while reducing the cost and improving the quality of medical analysis. As a new participant of ITMO University’s Fellowship program, he recently spoke with the University’s students about his research and the goals of data-driven medicine.
On April 15, a massive fire engulfed Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. While the fire destroyed its roof and iconic spire, firefighters were able to save the famed bell towers. The French government has already established four reconstruction funds (over €1 billion has been raised to date), while French President Emmanuel Macron promised that the landmark will be fully restored in five years with the help of the world’s best architects. Can 3D modeling benefit the reconstruction process? Could video games come in handy too? In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Artem Smolin, the head of ITMO’s Educational Center of Graphic Technologies and the Center for Usability and Mixed Reality, shares his opinion on the use of modern technologies in the cathedral’s reconstruction.
Working at a university can be a good start of any student’s career, and for field-specific specialists and researchers, it provides an opportunity to do interdisciplinary research and become a part of an internationally renowned research team. ITMO University has recently launched job.itmo.ru, a web portal for all prospective employees where you can quickly and efficiently find the right position, submit your application and CV, and get in touch with the associated specialist. As of now, about 400 job offers are available at the University’s various subdivisions.
ITMO University’s Open Fintech is a course about how we make purchases, manage finances, and invest money. Last week’s lecture of the course focused on the topic of behavioral economics. Maxim Korotkov, a graduate of ITMO’s Computer Technologies Department, an MBA of the Vlerick Leuven Ghent School of Management, and a practice manager in corporate payments at FIS Global, explained why the laws of logic don’t apply to insurance policies, and why intuition always loses to the most primitive modeling.
Enjoy the extraordinary sound of a carillon in the very heart of St. Petersburg, admire the wildlife of China and ride a vintage steam train! Here is our list of the coolest things going on in the city this weekend.
The last changes to the Periodic Table, which will celebrate its 150s anniversary this year, were made in 2016. Then, it was complemented with four new elements: moscovium (115), tennessine (117), oganesson (118) and nihonium (113). The latter was discovered by scientists from RIKEN, a major Japanese research institute. The new element’s name stems from “nihon”, one of the two Japanese pronunciations for the name of Japan. We spoke to Hideto Enyo, Director of RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, about the synthesis of elements, science communication in Japan, and their key research tasks. In July 2019, Dr. Enyo will be one of the speakers at the 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table that will take place at ITMO University.
This year, ITMO University acts as the co-organizer of Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s conference “Master’s Degree++: Programming the Future Education” conference. The event will take place in St. Petersburg on April 25-27 and will bring together the best lecturers for Master’s programs from Russian universities who became winners of the Grant Competition of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. Among the speakers will be rectors of Russian and international universities, leading researchers and representatives of companies.
Comfort food is never about the calories. And almost never about the money. It might be about the simple science of sugar and fat coming together to trigger the hormones of happiness. But we like to believe that it’s about reconnecting to our younger selves and our cultural identity in general. Could the key to the mysterious Russian soul be found in a... pyshka?
For almost half a century, ever since the end of the Apollo program in 1971, humans haven’t gotten any higher than 600 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. However, some scientists believe that we may soon see a new era of space exploration. Among them is Dmitry Oliferovich, a journalist and science communicator, who gave an open lecture on Cosmonautics Day and spoke about the construction of a space station on the Moon’s orbit and sending humans to Mars. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.
8th Congress of Young Scientists: Genetic Algorithms, Robotic Intelligence and Struggle Against Infections
16 years ago, ITMO hosted the first inter-university conference for young scientists. At that time, it brought together about a hundred participants, and its program featured six sections only. With time, the conference attained national recognition and the status of a congress. Last Monday it was the opening of the 8th Congress of Young Scientists, featuring 49 sections, 11 sessions of science schools and 7 school sections, as well as a report contest whose winners will get the opportunity to join ITMO’s Master’s programs without entrance examinations. This time, the event brought together over 2,500 young scientists and students from 200 educational establishments from 45 Russian cities and 10 cities of the neighboring states, as well as 200 school students and representatives of 20 enterprises.
A joint Siemens-ITMO University research lab has been launched in St. Petersburg. Its goal will be to develop unique industry solutions based on systemic AI using the methods of machine learning, big data analysis, and cognitive technologies for applications in economics and the social sector.
The main goal of Master’s education today is to provide students with a variety of choices to create their own development path and apply their skills in different fields. As of today, ITMO University offers four types of Master’s degree programs: research, corporate, industrial, and entrepreneurial. Sergey Kolyubin, head of the University’s Master’s Degree Department, explains how to choose the right track, apply for research grants as an ITMO student, and which opportunities for enrollment are available to prospective students.
On April 4, the final stage of the International Collegiate Programming Contest took place in Porto (Portugal). A team from Moscow has claimed the champion title of the world’s oldest and most prestigious programming contest. This year’s winners represented the Lomonosov Moscow State University, who won last year’s contest with the same line-up. In second place is the team from MIT. It was also announced that next year’s ICPC will take place at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
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.
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.
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.
The results of the 2019 national student competition “I am a Professional” have just been announced. From a total of 500,000 students from all over Russia participating in this year’s competition, 3,472 became prize winners. This roll call of participants with the best results includes 80 ITMO University students, five of whom were even awarded gold medals. Diplomates of “I am a Professional” get admission perks when applying to Master’s and PhD programs at Russia’s leading universities, as well as an opportunity to partake in an internship at major companies.
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.
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.
The annual Cozzarelli Prize acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality. Among the 2018 Cozzarelli Prize recipients in the field of physics and mathematics is Russian physicist Alexey Melnikov. His research focuses on quantum machine learning technologies, as well as the development of new machine intelligence methods. The researcher works on a range of projects at the University of Basel (Switzerland), ITMO University, and the Valiev Institute of Physics and Technology of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.