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If you’ve already become familiar with every corner of your home, sorted all your books in alphabetical order, and learned to play the clarinet, but are still struggling with self-isolation-inflicted loneliness and anxiety, a new app by ITMO University researchers is just what you need. HowWeSurvive allows you to explore an interactive world map and learn how people are dealing with quarantine in other countries, in other cities, or on your block. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with the app’s developers to learn more.
Quadcopter vs. Traffic Safety Inspectors: Researchers Test Drones for Traffic Road Accident Analysis
Robots are gradually permeating into more and more areas of our daily life: smart cars are at work on storage facilities and production sites, they test delivery services. Researchers in St. Petersburg are designing a mobile autorobotic inspector (MARTI) that will help the State Road Traffic Safety Inspection officers by documenting details of traffic road accidents and detecting traffic code violations. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with Professor Oleg Basov, deputy dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies, to learn why one quadcopter can create a better accident plan than three inspectors, and how MARTI will be able to model traffic road accidents.
In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia, Russian higher education institutions will continue the educational process through distance learning. Education at ITMO University will resume on Monday, April 6, and will take place completely online using distance learning technologies. From April 4 till April 30, the University will move the maximum number of staff to remote work and will also offer financial aid to students whose families experience temporary financial hardships because of the current situation. ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev signed the corresponding order on April 3, 2020.
The members of ITMO University’s robotics team from Creative Robotics Lab have been put in the spotlight in the documentary by an American documentary maker and director Mark Decena. Me & My Robot follows the young roboticists as they compete for gold at the World Robot Olympiad. The documentary has been presented at CPH:DOX, one of the largest and most prestigious international documentary festivals currently being held online. You can watch the film for free until April 5.
Many had expected to spend the quarantine playing video games, but online learning turned out to be just as challenging as regular studies. ITMO University has found the best way to have your cake and eat it, too: now, students can receive points to go towards their physical education grades by playing video games alongside their peers and taking part in online competitions.
ITMO University and MTS, one of the largest Russian telecommunication companies and a digital services provider, are launching a new program for the 5G track. It’s meant for the residents of ITMO University’s Accelerator: for technological entrepreneurs who, after completing the program, can become MTS 5G Center’s residents in Moscow and receive a grant for the development of solutions in this field.
Food delivery is one of the best inventions of the modern age, if you ask me. It’s a great option when you’re tired (or lazy), busy, or simply bored with what you usually eat. It may also come in handy during these troubling times when you shouldn’t leave the house too often. We have compiled a guide to food deliveries available in St. Petersburg based on personal experience.
Think Andy Warhol’s soup cans were iconic? Russia has its own cans that are just as famous, with their contents inspiring midnight pantry raids.
As the national week off begins, we must remind you again that this is the time to do the best for you and yours by staying home. But isolation doesn’t have to be boring, so join us as we GO ONLINE. And to help you stave off any loneliness, we’ve created a series of special self-isolation cards which show our city’s top landmarks – the Bronze Horseman, the sphinxes, the titans, and others – adapting to life in the online realm. Soon, a time will come when we shall once again take walks past Peter the Great’s striking visage; but for now, stay safe and take care of your loved ones.
In these hard times, we listen harder! To scientific advice and to music, that is. Refer to the trusty WHO for the former, and as for the latter, here’s what has been the ITMO.NEWS editorial team’s music escapism of choice this month.