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On May 20, ITMO University will host ITMO.Career, an open forum on career prospects that will bring together experts from Unilever, SberBank, JetBrains, T-Systems, Gazprom Neft, and 15 other major Russian companies and prospective employers.
Everyone from school students to CEOs complains about stress. Stress is considered to be one of the key factors that reduce life expectancy. Does this mean that stress is our enemy? Elena Rybnikova, DSc and deputy head of scientific affairs at Pavlov Institute of Physiology RAS, gave a lecture about fighting (or helping?) stress as part of the Open Lectorium of New Holland Island and the Mental Health Month.
Researchers at ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty created a model that can tell responsible loaners from those who don’t pay back their bank loans by the spending pattern. The algorithm can also serve as the basis for a system that would notify credit card users about their risky behaviour. ITMO.NEWS asked Andrey Filchenkov, associate professor at ITMO, head of the Machine Learning Lab, and one of the authors of the project, how the algorithm works, if it is possible for it to make a mistake, how ethical it is to use it, and, most importantly, why people keep viewing neural networks apprehensively despite their obvious successes.
The genomes of 26 African and Asian leopards, including Amur leopards, were analyzed as part of research. As a result, the scientists uncovered surprising differences between the African and Asian groups of subspecies and noted a high level of inbreeding among leopards living in the Russian Far East, which might threaten the long-term existence of this subspecies. The research paper was published in Current Biology.
Only a week ago it was possible to freeze if you didn’t dress carefully enough, but now you are more likely to get sunburnt. That’s St. Petersburg in all its unpredictability! We are highly predictable though, for it’s Wednesday and here comes another weekend guide: a wide range of exhibitions and even a marathon – we have ideas for every taste. Enjoy!
SEWAN 2021 International Conference: How Pandemic Affects Energy Industry and Vaccine Storage Management
ITMO University has held the third International Scientific Conference on Sustainable and Efficient Use of Energy, Water and Natural Resources SEWAN 2021, where the university acted as the organizer together with Tomsk Polytechnic University. At the conference, researchers discussed when the global fuel and power complex will return to pre-COVID metrics, how to maintain the temperature conditions for vaccine storage, and how to make houses more efficient.
Daria Fedorova, a Bachelor’s student at ITMO’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations, was named one of the winners of the NEXT5 contest organized by Pyaterochka retail company. Together with her friend, Daria suggested a modification to the company’s corporate application that would allow potential employees to experience a sneak preview of their job in a virtual simulator, while current retail and storage facility workers would accumulate points to be counted towards their promotion or a salary raise. We reached out to Daria to ask her why she decided to apply, how long it took her to develop the concept, and why she thinks it useful to take part in such events.
The competition is open to Bachelor’s students from around the world wishing to pursue their Master’s degree at ITMO’s Faculty of Physics. During their first semester, winners will receive a stipend of 5,000-15,000 rubles per month in addition to the state scholarship. The competition will be held in several waves, with the soonest one taking place on May 14-15.
On May 3-8, classes at ITMO University will continue both online and on-site: students will be able to attend in person or remotely. Learn more below.
This time, it seems that our weekend will last a wee bit longer than usual, with the annual May holidays being extended over the whole of next week. No worries, though: in addition to two exhibitions and two festivals, we have more ideas in store to keep you entertained. Enjoy!