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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.
It was not so long ago that bioinformatics specialist Alexey Komissarov joined the team of ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory, where he conducts the assembling and annotation of complex genomes of animals and humans. At the end of 2019, the Applied Genomics research group, which he heads, received a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Their project will be dedicated to the analysis of genes and proteins in nerve cells of lampreys, which could help in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases. ITMO.NEWS met the scientist to find out more about his research.
Vladimir Uliantsev, head of ITMO University’s International Laboratory “Computer Technologies,” has presented the lecture "Bioinformatics: How genomic data helps study the origin of people and the mechanisms of disease development" at the New Holland Island Open Lecture Hall. Those who came to the event learned how today’s scientists acquire genome data, the role of programmers in that process, and what makes the results of that research so valuable. Find the highlights of last week’s lecture in the article below.
ITMO University Bachelor’s student Sviatoslav Oreshin became the winner of the competition for the Best Student Presentation, which was held as part of the international conference Smart Education & E-Learning (SEEL) 2019. Held in Malta for the sixth time, the conference brought together a large number of researchers in the field of smart education technologies. In his project, Sviatoslav Oreshin explores machine learning applications for enhancing students’ motivation for participation in online courses.
ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship international conference on robotics and automation. Hosted on May 20-24 in Montreal, Canada, this year’s conference included a new addition to its program, AI Driving Olympics, which is a contest on applying AI to the operation of self-driving cars. Representing the project JetBrains Research, the team JBRRussia emerged as the absolute winner of the competition. The team, which was headed by Kirill Krinkin, consisted of nine members, five of them students of ITMO University’s Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics.
During her open lecture at OKHTA LAB, Elnara Petrova, the CEO of SMM agency NextMedia, shared some tips on building a personal brand, working with your audience, attracting interest, taming algorithms and dealing with negativity. Below are key excerpts from Ms. Petrova’s lecture.
IT products and services are one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing markets. Sophisticated and effective solutions in the field of software development are as valuable and sought-after as ever. But authors of such solutions don’t often think about their rights to the intellectual property they created, and the issue of exercising these rights is almost never on the cards. In a bid to modernize the sphere of software development, the IPChain Association joined forces with ITMO University to host a hackathon for developing the best mobile app for mathematicians and programmers intended to bring about radical simplification of managing intellectual property rights on algorithms and elements of software code.
St. Petersburg has recently hosted the first PyLadies meetup in the CIS countries. PyLadies is a community of women Python developers with chapters in 76 cities all around the world. The group’s mission is to help more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community, as well as create a platform for sharing knowledge and establishing useful connections. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the meeting.
Last Sunday ITMO University announced the results of the ITMO VK Olympiad. This year, more than 3,000 school students from 70 regions of Russia and CIS took part in the competition that tested their knowledge in 6 disciplines. The finalists got to attend an open lecture on data analysis and machine learning technologies by Andrei Zakonov, the head of growth and research at VK and a graduate of ITMO University. Speaking to ITMO.NEWS, he revealed how machine learning is changing Russia’s biggest social network, how school students can get started in that field and what kind of skills VK looks for in its employees.
An international group of scientists which included researchers from ITMO University has developed an algorithm that can determine a person’s age, based on their nationality and sex, using an online blood test. Data from more than 120,000 people from Canada, South Korea, and Eastern Europe has been used to identify the key ageing indicators of these populations. Then, they taught neural networks to account for the relevance of particular indicators. This contributed to improving the technique’s precision: for now, the standard deviation is less than six years.