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  • ITMO Scientists Create Method to Quickly Detect Painting Authenticity

    In collaboration with the staff of the State Russian Museum, researchers from ITMO University have developed a new method for detecting painting authenticity with infrared spectroscopy. The method will allow the museum’s experts to quickly identify a painting’s chemical compounds and the century it was created in, as was demonstrated by a test analysis performed on a copy of one of Ivan Aivazovsky’s creations. In the future, the new method will help identify the authenticity of pieces from the era of Russian avant-garde.


  • Heritage Science at ITMO: Collaboration With Russian Museum and French Colleagues

    The Heritage Science Lab was established at ITMO in 2020 after the corresponding megagrant application was approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Chosen to lead the new research unit was Olga Smolyanskaya, an associate professor at the Faculty of Photonics. Studying Russian art alongside her are ITMO scientists and students, as well as leading French specialists in cultural heritage studies: Michel Menu and Vincent Detalle. ITMO.NEWS spoke to the researchers and learned about their work’s results thus far, the lab’s current development, and its future plans.


  • DH Week in St. Petersburg: The Future of Digital Humanities in Russia and the World

    Throughout the past week, an event series at ITMO tackled the subject of digital humanities: over the course of five days, guest speakers spoke at length about neural networks, big data, deepfakes, and neuroart.


  • 5 Things That Make St. Petersburg Russia's Cultural Capital

    St. Petersburg is a city with many names and faces: the Venice of the North, the Cradle of Three Revolutions, the City of White Nights – and, above all, the cultural capital of Russia. And if you’ve ever wondered about the origins of this honorable title, here are some facts and figures to convince you of its right to bear it. 


  • ITMO and St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts Innovate Cultural Heritage Preservation

    Working in cooperation with the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, ITMO University initiated an interdisciplinary project on applying image holography technologies to the field of culture and arts. Driving the cooperation is both universities’ ambition to develop novel approaches to preservation of information on cultural heritage objects using full-color analog pictorial holograms as an aesthetical storage medium.


  • Assassin’s Creed Won’t Help: An Expert’s Opinion on Restoration of Notre Dame

    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.


  • Digitally Immortalized: How the Solovetsky Monastery is Finding a New Life in Virtual Reality

    Digital preservation of cultural heritage is becoming more and more trendy in both Russia and the world in general. The abundance of grants and commercial projects in this area signifies just how much the idea of digital preservation of historical, religious and cultural heritage of humanity is popular with the people; for that reason, numerous historical objects are now being memorialized in digital format. The Solovetsky Monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, is no exception. For the past year, ITMO University staff, in collaboration with the scientists at the Solovetsky conservation area, have been working on creating a digital representation of the monastery, including a virtual 3D model of the monastery as it appread in 16-17 centuries, as well as an interactive map and virtual tours on the monastery grounds using Video 360 and Unity 3D technologies.