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Meet Lasse Schneider, a German PhD student in Management of Social and Economic Systems. He came for an exchange semester, but fell in love with the city and the university – now he is finishing his first year of PhD studies. At the same time he writes for ITMO’s blog. Find out more about his incredible story in this interview.
Summer is just around the corner – and the White Nights are in full swing – which means it’s high time to venture out and explore the international side of St. Petersburg, plunging deeper into European culture. So grab a bike, put your favorite sneakers on, and let’s spend this day in a German way!
A team of ITMO University specialists and their German colleagues have successfully used the world’s largest free-electron X-ray laser to conduct an experiment on ultrafast demagnetization of ferromagnetic material using femtosecond IR excitation. While studying the dynamics of this process, the scientists had discovered a new type of X-ray scattering in ferromagnetic material, which occurs immediately after the laser pulse and lasts for some 100 picoseconds. Their findings were recently presented at the European XFEL Users’ Meeting in Hamburg, which brought together over 1,300 participants from 30 countries. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with Igor Pronin, the head of this project, who presented a plenary report on the study during the event.
Gideon is now a Master’s student at ITMO University’s Faculty of Information Technology and Programming, but before that, he studied philosophy and economics in Germany, where he got into game theory and rationality while improving his programming skills. When it came time to travel to Russia, he shared he wasn’t prepared at all for what was going to happen.
In April, a group of ITMO students went to Germany for an exchange. Accompanied by their German peers, they went to several cities in Bavaria, explored the local universities, and visited modern laboratories that work in close collaboration with BMW and other major companies. Yulia Usikova, vice director of ITMO’s sports and recreation center Yagodnoye, and student Ekaterina Tkacheva expanded on their experience.
Having graduated from ITMO University’s double-degree PhD program with the University of Bonn, Mikhail Galkin decided to stay in science despite numerous work offers from leading companies. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the researcher shares about his experience of studying in Germany, working with industrial partners and traveling the globe while at it.
How to defend your thesis and win two grants at the same time? What is it like being ITMO’s Ambassador? How to combine working in an international laboratory in Berlin and parenting? Irina Martynenko, a graduate student of the Department of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, knows about it firsthand. ITMO.NEWS asked her some questions about her experience.
Alexandra Borisova from ITMO’s Science Communication and Outreach Office spent a year in Germany at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, one of Europe’s leading science communication centers. She was awarded a German Chancellor Fellowship (the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) that allowed her to work on her research project on science communication in Russia. ITMO.NEWS asked Alexandra some questions about the program, her research, and about ITMO’s new European partners.
According to the estimates from the World Bank and General Electrics, the widely discussed Industry 4.0 can bring the world’s economy up to 30 trillion dollars. Even though fully-automated operations where robots and program agents are solely responsible for the production cycle are still more of a dream than reality, some of Europe’s top companies have already started to introduce Industry 4.0 concepts in their work. A model of a multi-agent system is now being developed by ITMO students in collaboration with their colleagues from Hochschule Emden/Leer. ITMO.NEWS interviewed them about the project.
On November 7, the first four graduates of the joint double-degree Master’s program between ITMO University and the University of Rostock “Business Information Systems” received their diplomas. Present at the ceremony were Kurt Sandkuhl, program co-lead, Vladimir Parfenov, head of ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, Ekaterina Tulugurova, head of International Educational Programs Department, and the program’s professors.