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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.
Last week, the latest in a series of public lectures about science and technology, organized by ITMO University’s Science Communication Center, was held at the New Holland creative space. This time around, attendees had the pleasure of hearing from Alexander Boukhanovsky, PhD, the head of ITMO University’s School of Translational Information Technologies and the eScience Research Institute, who spoke about the modern state of digital identity technologies and their applications. Below are the key highlights of his talk.
ITMO University students continue to secure victories at major hackathons. At the recently-concluded HackUniversity, students from ITMO placed first in the Logistics and Big Data categories. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the winners to learn more about this national competition, its challenges, and prizes.
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.
This past weekend, ITMO University held the first ever datathon on texts annotation. Over 80 participants from different fields, from programming to humanities, competed to solve the tasks on the linguistic annotation of historical and culturological sources. The datathon came hand in hand with an extensive educational program presented by educators of the seminar on natural language processing organized by ITMO together with Huawei. In their presentations, they focused on topical tasks of the applied artificial intelligence and modern trends in the field of natural language processing. Here’s more about the datathon.
What can data from blogs and social networks tell us about their users? Is it possible to develop mechanisms that will allow us to identify fake information? Specialists from a dozen universities and organizations from all around the world are solving these issues as part of the RENOIR project. Its key goal is to develop new means of processing social information. Joanna Toruniewska, a PhD student from the Warsaw University of Technology, has come to ITMO as part of the project. She spoke with ITMO.NEWS about her work and how computer science can be used to process social information.
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.
According to urban development specialists, Big Data analysis can help people form close-knit communities based on shared values and interests. This is the main objective of a new project with the working title ‘Affiliate-Friendly Advertising Network’, launched by the Quality of Urban Life Laboratory (QULLAB), a resident of ITMO’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies. What this network does is it gathers and analyzes data about citizens’ visits to restaurants, cafes and other eating spots in St. Petersburg. The laboratory’s project even became the winner of a competition organized by the Institute of Media, Architecture and Design as part of the In the City Conference.
ITMO University has recently hosted a scientific seminar of the National Center for Cognitive Technologies. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Anna Lutsenko, the Deputy Director of eScience Research Institute, and Klavdiya Bochenina, an associate professor at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, about the Center’s development plans.
Every year more and more devices emerge that help us monitor our health. Many people, and especially the younger generations, enjoy using various gadgets to track the amount of exercise they do, their diet and daily routine. These devices can help us move forward from reactive healthcare to preventative healthcare. Dr. Anthony Faiola, is Professor and Head of the Biomedical and Health Information Sciences Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, gave a keynote at the conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS) at ITMO University. He spoke about recent developments regarding mobile health information technology, and how his team uses them. Here are the highlights of his report.