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The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) market has been witnessing increasing growth both in the US and around the world over the last five years, says the review by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to experts, the global market of commercial drones is growing fast – even faster than it was originally envisaged. The specialists and students of ITMO University’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies conduct research in this exciting new field. As part of this, they have recently visited the G.S.Titov Youth Cosmonautics Club to pilot a Boeing 737 with the use of a professional flight simulator. Why do programmers need to get a feel of the sky like real pilots, and how this internship can prompt new research studies? Read on to find out.
A group of engineers from St. Petersburg including ITMO University specialists is working on the development of a new autonomous aerial vehicle designed for remote sensing of the environment with the use of a new hyperspectral camera. ITMO.NEWS talked to Andrei Karmanov, an associate professor at ITMO’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies, about the new drone and what kind of equipment it carries.
Every year, dozens of universities both in Russia and abroad organize summer schools for students, which provide them with a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and familiarize themselves with a new culture. ITMO University students often take part in such events thanks to a student mobility program that covers up to 70% of all travel expenses. This year, several Bachelor’s and Master’s students went to the Technical University of Madrid, one of the biggest technical universities in Spain, where they attended lectures and worked in a laboratory. The students shared their experiences with ITMO.NEWS.
Held by the Ilmenau University of Technology, Mile of Technology is an eminent robotics competition setting the stage for a technology-themed festival attended by over 15,000 visitors each year. This year’s competition took place in early May, with ITMO University’s robotics team, who received a special invitation to participate, placing third in the Drone Race track. ITMO.NEWS spoke to them about their experience.
December 3 marked the final round of Robotex, the largest robotics competition in Europe. Last year, ITMO University team Cepheus took first place, while this time our students placed second and third, losing to students from Germany. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, they share about what challenges they faced during the competition.
ITMO’s freshmen’s team won the first place at Robotex-2017 competition, which has recently become the largest robotics competition in Europe. The competition included 24 categories. ITMO’s team won in the category DJI Drone Race, getting ahead of the Tallinn University of Technology. ITMO.NEWS shares about the new team of winners: who these freshmen students are and what they do.
The growth of cities, increased density of their population and the transportation issues that result from it are making car manufacturers look to the sky for solutions. The first prototypes of flying taxis, as well as personal or public transportation are already being made. ITMO.NEWS takes a look at the existing models and asks experts: how realistic are these projects?
Have you heard of robot economics? Robot economics is the economics of robotization. People have been talking about “robots replacing people” for a long time, but robot economics isn’t just about the automation of tasks – first and foremost it is a system in which humans interact with robots. This technological challenge can open the doors into a world in which all industrial processes are tracked, deals are 100% transparent and pizza is delivered by drones. Yet this future also comes with many risks and unsolved problems. These were discussed at Airalab’s Robonomics-2017 conference last month.
Do you live in St. Petersburg? Then you’re likely aware of what it’s like to live in a rainy climate. You always need an umbrella, your choice of clothing is limited, driving is a hassle, you need to carry around all the extra stuff, can’t spend as much time in parks as you’d like to and, of course, the rain outside puts you in a mood. Do not fret – the age of technology has a solution to any problem. ITMO.NEWS has put together a list of inventions, both clever and odd, that help people live, laugh and love despite the rain.
The company AGCT, a resident of ITMO University’s Technopark, will receive funding of more than 44 million rubles from RBV Capital Fund. The contract was signed during the Startup Village conference. The company is working on development of a complete cure for HIV. Startup Village also featured the residents of the Future Technologies business accelerator and the “New Generation of Supercapacitors” project headed by advisor to ITMO’s Vice Rector for Research.