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Putting Scientific Ideas Into Business Suits: Lecturer Meriç Biçakçioğlu On Turning Research Into Business Projects
Meriç Biçakçioğlu, an entrepreneur and academician, has spent several years working with startups and supporting corporate innovation efforts. He helps commercialize and scale ideas – and teaches students and employees of companies to do the same. For four years now, he has been a lecturer in the course International Research Management Essentials at ITMO, where he talks all about turning research ideas into business projects that are accessible to their respective audiences. In this interview, we discussed his area of expertise and the opportunities for future scientists that can be found at ITMO’s soft skills courses.
His passion for programming, zeal for academic excellence, and desire to do good brought Vladimir Kartashev, an international student from Kyrgyzstan, to ITMO. Here, he puts all his rigor into his studies and projects, but also makes sure to spend some time exploring the city to the sounds of his favorite music. Read on to discover his story in full in this interview.
As we are welcoming December, the city is slowly dressing up in all sorts of holiday decorations – and, most importantly, crispy white snow. Let’s enjoy every day of the coming week with concerts, exhibitions, and even a market to boot.
With electrochemical analysis (a high sensitivity method for detecting target substances in solutions) and machine learning at its core, the new technology developed at ITMO can automatically detect the exact quantity of antibiotics in milk. Apart from protecting consumers from harmful substances, the new solution can be used to analyze other environments, such as oil (for revealing unwanted contaminants), coffee (for determining its quality), and wine (for verifying its authenticity). The technology with its underlying research was described in an article in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Until December 20, second- to fourth-year Bachelor’s students from ITMO University, the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, and Tomsk State University can apply for the DVIZH academic mobility program and win a chance to spend a semester at one of Russia’s top universities. Learn more in this ITMO.NEWS article.
At the newly opened coworking space, school students will get to work on their interdisciplinary research, conduct experiments, and learn to work with such high-tech equipment as a robot chemist, an incubator for growing cell cultures, or an atomic force microscope. Operating within the project Chemistry of the Future: Field-Specific Education in Contemporary Science, this brand-new space is a collaboration between ITMO University and Academy of Talents.
Breast cancer is one of the most widespread types of cancer in the world. In 2020 alone, it took the lives of 685 million women. What’s the most efficient way to treat this disease in conditions when few people are ready to undergo timely screening procedures? Can AI come to the rescue? Why are clinicians already studying programming languages and should we expect AI assistants at pharmacies? We asked these questions to Olga Puchkova, a radiologist and head of the Mammology Center at Ilyinskaya Hospital. In collaboration with ITMO’s public health sciences researchers, she is studying Russian cancer diagnostics methods and evaluating their efficiency.
Rise and shine! Even though the days are now as short as they can get and the sun is a rare visitor in town, we’re still up and about. What’s the secret? Why, it’s our pep-up playlist, of course! Add it to your morning routine and you’ll be on your feet in no time.
Four research projects developed by scientists from ITMO University received the top accolades in this year’s Blue Sky Research competition, which focuses on AI applications in agricultural and food industries, with winners receiving 1.5-million-ruble grants. This competition aims to support young researchers with promising high-risk ideas.
Businesses are becoming increasingly involved in higher education, with some companies even establishing their own universities. Is corporate EdTech becoming a threat to higher education? What does the perfect university-industry collaboration look like? Opinions from Yandex, Sberbank, VK, and Tinkoff insiders were shared during a discussion as part of YAC/e, the major educational conference organized by Yandex. The discussion was moderated by Daria Kozlova, ITMO University’s First Vice Rector and director for education at Yandex.