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This year, the competition was held for the second time in a row. ITMO organized one of the winter schools and a number of educational tracks. The winners got the opportunity to be enrolled in Master's and Bachelor's programs of leading Russian universities without any additional exams. Those who had ITMO as their university of choice told us about the reasons behind it as well as the benefits of such student contests.
ITMO Scientist Mingzhao Song: Each Time My Phone Runs out of Battery, I Realize That I Have to Work Harder
ITMO University’s PhD researcher Mingzhao Song, one of the authors of the “smart table” technology that allows to charge electronic devices with no cords and plugs needed, will defend his thesis on September 13. He spoke about his predictions for the future of wireless power transfer, what differentiates research in China from that in Russia, and why he is so fascinated by Peter the Great’s imagination in an interview with ITMO.NEWS.
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.
In 2017, ITMO University, together with 18 other higher education institutions, was granted the right to award candidate of sciences and doctor of sciences academic degrees, as well as to establish its own academic degree councils and define the latter’s remits. The university held its first independent thesis defenses in December last year. The list of successful candidates includes Galina Lavrentyeva and Andrey Oleynik, whose research on solutions to different audio-visual data tasks yielded them the degree of a candidate of sciences. They have received their diplomas during a recent official ceremony that took place at ITMO University.
Hybrid metal-dielectric structures hold great promise for the development of new data recording devices, improved sensors and optical chips. This is the field that Yali Sun, a PhD student from ITMO's Faculty of Physics and Engineering, focuses on. Back in China, she obtained education in the field of electronics, and then chose to focus on nanophotonics. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about the differences between education in Russia and China, gender issues, and working in this new relevant field.
Today, some of Russia's educational establishments have the right to award academic degrees. Last week, ITMO University had its first independent thesis defenses. We spoke to members of the thesis board, opponents and candidates to learn what is different about ITMO's own procedure and what they believe to be its most important difference from the classical system.
ITMO University scientist Alexey Slobozhanyuk has been proclaimed the winner of the Jagadishwar Mahanty Prize. Established by the Australian National University (ANU), this annual award is given to the researcher with the best PhD thesis defended in the School of Physics and Engineering of this university. As part of his studies on the joint ITMO University-ANU PhD program, the young scientist researched metamaterials and application of their unique properties in the development of innovative devices of the future, such as highly effective MRI coils and next-generation optical electronic systems. It is this work that was recognized by the prestigious 2018 Prize. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Alexey expounds on the prospects for his research field and his experience of doing fundamental and applied research at the same time.
Vitaly Aksenov, staff member of ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, graduated from school at the age of 15. At the age of 24, he got his PhD at a leading French university. During the past several years, Vitaly has been working in the field of concurrent computing, solving fundamental tasks that have to do with optimizing data structures. In future, he is planning to continue his research in Austria. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the young scientist spoke about his research interests, experience, and ideas.
The 2018 admissions campaign at ITMO University has come to a close; the lists of students admitted to Bachelor’s and Master’s programs have been published (links are in Russian). This year’s Bachelor’s students have, as usual, demonstrated high Unified State Exam (USE) scores. A large share of the newly-admitted Master’s students are graduates of other universities.
Ekaterina Kolesova, a second-year PhD student at the Department of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, recently joined the “Night of Science” initiative to talk about the lessening effect of antibiotics and their future alternatives; she also took part in Science Slam, where she spoke about ITMO University’s involvement in a European Union project on digital twins. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Kolesova about her work and how antibacterial systems will help prevent new epidemics.