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Russia has joined the European Empowering Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region (EmPaci) project. Its goal is to create the mechanisms that will allow to involve more citizens into the process of participatory budgeting. The project is implemented by a consortium of 20 partners from Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia. ITMO University acts as a coordinator from the Russian side. The participants discussed the tasks and implementation plan of the project as part of the international seminar “Electronic participation and participatory budgeting: best practices in the North-West of Russia”.
Serious Science: How School Students Create Projects at Sirius and Develop Them Under the Guidance of ITMO
This summer, dozens of Russian school students came to Sirius to work on projects in 12 different tracks, from Nanotechnology to Cognitive Studies, New Materials and Smart cities. Researchers from ITMO University’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering participated in the program as mentors and project developers. With their guidance, the students developed breakthrough nanostructured antibacterial surfaces and a metalens for focusing Wi-Fi radiation. To continue working on their projects, the students came to ITMO where they not only attended lectures but also got a chance to visit ITMO’s many laboratories and work on real-life lab equipment. Read on to learn more about their project results and plans for the future.
A group of St. Petersburg media artists and scientists have found a way to make creation of art more accessible to blind and vision-impaired people. As part of their project, artists translate emotions into abstract graphic artwork and use them to create a sculpture garden on the premises of the Konstantine Grot boarding school for the visually impaired. Mikhail Klimovskiy, advisor to ITMO University Rector, and Yuri Didevich, a filmmaker, media artist and independent researcher, acted as the project’s curators. Read more about their project, future plans, and inclusivity in art in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
August 30 marked the end of the 2nd St. Petersburg Digital Forum, a platform for communication between public authorities, transnational companies, startups, and citizens. The program of the forum included round tables and panel discussions of the most topical questions concerning digitization. Participating in the forum were, inter alia, three graduates of the Future Technologies accelerator, the prototype of ITMO University Accelerator. Read on to learn more about their projects.
For three years now, ITMO University’s entrepreneurship and innovation infrastructure includes a business accelerator. This is a model of early-stage support for businesses created by ITMO students which implies intensive development of a project in the shortest period of time possible. Starting from the new academic year, the accelerator has changed its structure and expanded on the formats of its interaction with the students. It can now offer its services to those who don’t yet have a clear-cut idea for their project. The accelerator staff note that the new programs give all participants the opportunity to fast-track their way to new practical knowledge and skills. Applications are already open. ITMO.NEWS have spoken to Alexey Solomatin, the new head of the accelerator, ITMO University alum and top manager at the international company ThingLink, to find out more about the revamped business program.
On August 16-17, 2019, the annual international festival of light art “Light Nights in Gatchina” took place at the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum. Each year, the festival brings together students of Russian and international universities, artists, designers, multimedia professionals and creative collectives and design studios from Russia, Europe and beyond. 2019 has been the third year that the students of ITMO University’s Master’s program “Lighting Design” participate in the official selection of the international festival. This year, it was ITMO’s students Lyubov Angelova, Mikhail Andreev, and graduate Valeria Molodovskaya that took part in the event’s art residency.
ITMO Fellow Fabio Bonsignorio and Professor Alexander Kapitonov: Research Reproducibility Will Generate a Sea Change in Our Economy
Fabio Bonsignorio is one of the most prominent researchers in the field of biorobotics and technologies of the future. He is also a participant of the ITMO Fellowship program. Together with Alexander Kapitonov, associate professor at the Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics, the scientist works on a range of projects on research reproducibility and openness, using blockchain technologies for communication between automated systems, and other fields. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the two researchers to find out how blockchain and robots can change the industry, what is research reproducibility and why it is important.
Apart from taking entrance exams, there are other ways to join a Master’s program at ITMO University. For one, you can get a tuition-free position by winning the report contest of the annual Congress of Young Scientists. The winners of this year’s event are already known. ITMO.NEWS talked to them about their projects, as well as the educational programs they chose to follow.
Helping Sleepwalkers, Fighting Excessive Snow and Ensuring Better Security on Campus: Best Projects by 2019 “It’s Your Call!” Participants
“It’s Your Call!”, a winter school organized by ITMO University together with Sberbank, has just come to a close. Attending this year were 180 contestants of the five educational tracks (Programming and IT, Data- and Cybersecurity, Big Data, Robotics, and Photonics) of the national student competition “I am a Professional”. Over the course of five days, the students took part in project work to find a solution to topical social and infrastructural issues with the help of modern technologies. All project work topics went under the common banner of “campus life”. ITMO.NEWS reports on the projects that made it onto the winners’ podium.
The ITMOSTUDENTS.Initiative grant is a new way for ITMO students to receive support for their dream projects. To apply for funding, all you need to do is fill out an application, outline your project’s goals and decide on the amount of funding you’ll need. Ekaterina Mashina, this year’s grant winner, shared with us her tips on how to apply and win.