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.
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.