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The largest Russian festival of science fiction, fantasy, film and science is going to be held for the 18th time on July 28 to 30. Over three days, the guests can visit booths and shops, take part in quests and attend lectures. ITMO University has set up its own booth in the Science section. Visitors will be able to repair a spaceship, become a space captain, learn to control light or use a 3D-printer.

A team of researchers from ITMO University won a Russian Science Foundation grant for developing intelligent technologies of decision support systems in the field of finance. The project will be headed by Janusz Holyst, a visiting professor from the Warsaw University of Technology. The project's goal is to create a cloud-based online platform that will become the basis for different services used by banks and other commercial structures. What's more, the research team will also create a public online service - with its help, Internet users will be able to assess the benefits of using different financial products based on individual criteria.

What do urban planning experts learn from photos in Instagram and VK? How does data derived from social networks help bring people together? These and other questions are researched by Damiano Cerrone, the co-founder and content-manager of Spin Unit - a transnational research team that works at the confluence of such fields as Urban Science and Art&Science. Last weekend, he gave a lecture for ITMO University's section at the popular science conference Parsec-2017. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, Mr. Cerrone explained how scientists derive large amounts of data from social networks, why one can't fully trust information from Instagram and what is there to learn from studying St. Petersburg's metamorphology.

According to the results of the first three rounds of the Presidential research funding program, 504 pilot projects, 239 youth research teams and 31 laboratories have been awarded grants. Many of ITMO University’s scientists are among them. The winners’ projects are based on various fields of study: from smart city development scenarios to creation of dielectric metamaterials with unique properties.

Where and how can one learn the subject and can universities train developers and managers at an acceptable level? This was the topic of a panel discussion at the GameDev Meetup organized by GameBeets community. The event’s organizers and speakers spoke with ITMO.NEWS about the future of game development in higher education, talent shortage, market needs and the reasons why neural networks can’t replace humans – at least for now.

On July 1 to 8, the Web Science Summer School 2017 was held in St. Petersburg. It was organized by Laboratory of Internet Studies at Higher School of Economics and ITMO University’s International Laboratory “Computer Technologies”. The School’s mentors presented the projects in data set analysis. ITMO.NEWS has examined some of the social network data analysis projects developed by specialists from ITMO’s eScience Research Institute.

Nicolas Jacquier, a Master’s student at the engineering school ESIEE Paris, has been working on an individual project for 2 months already as part of his internship at ITMO University. He is only staying for three months in total in St. Petersburg where he will work on Big Data visualization. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, he spoke to us about why Europeans feel right at home in the city, the friendly relationships between professors and students, the pros and cons of writing a Master’s thesis and which European capital the city of St. Petersburg resembles the most.

ITMO University and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have continued their long-time tradition of cooperation and extended their partnership agreement for another five years. The document noting the two universities’ collaboration was signed by ITMO’s Rector Vladimir Vasilyev and President of the UvA’s Executive Board Geert ten Dam. The partner universities will not only continue working on their collaborative projects, but plan to strengthen their cooperation in regards to training postgraduate students on a shared educational program.

Michael Lees, HPC Department Professor and co-head of International Laboratory “Urban Informatics” at ITMO University and Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam, spoke to ITMO.NEWS about how urban studies save cities, which paradoxes of urban planning scientists encounter and why “smart” technologies take so long to be adopted by major cities.

How to prevent the repetition of the Turin tragedy, the riots at Manezhnaya in 2002 and the Leningrad football riot of 1957? Vasily Boychuk, a graduate student of ITMO University, shared his opinion. Report by Pavel Nikiforov

ITMO University will design for Start Development Management Company a digital model of possible development scenarios for the satellite city «Yuzhny» as well as the model of various urban processes evolution. The project is demonstrated in the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The software will allow to simulate and visualize the territory of the satellite city "Yuzhny" at various scales with the possibility to zoom, rotate the camera and select various model scenarios in 2D - 3D variants. This will be the first multi-scale model in Russia used to analyze the processes of the future city in the course of design, construction, and operation.

A multi scale computer model will combine several submodels describing the parts of cardiovascular system in different approximations. Researchers of ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia in collaboration with colleagues from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands developed a computer model project to simulate the operation of blood vessels. To create a virtual artery, reserchers proposed to combine different-level models of the cardiovascular system and showed how they will interact with each other.

Visual merchandising is another business solution. To define the current condition of the shelf in the store it takes human labor to calculate manually  what goods are missing at the moment. Such mechanical work may be replaced by neural networks able to analyze much faster, says the developer and ITMO U Master student Ivan Burtsev. The operation principle is quite simple: according to a photo the neural network determines what goods are on the shelf including brand analysis and package color, and sends relevant information further on.

ITMO researchers created computer simulation operating on the principle "buzz marketing" and illustrating distribution of information between mobile network subscribers. The model reproduces call routs and calculates whether the news was transmitted or not. Material for further research can only provide mobile networks operators. The paper is published in the Journal of Computational Science.

According to Newzoo, the global game market will increase by $ 10 billion compared to 2016, and in 2020 it will grow to 128.5. Therefore, it is important to remember the main trends: new developments for consoles, application of cloud and virtual technologies as well as new tools for games promotion. Romuald Zdebsky, the Games Lead for Central & Eastern Europe, Microsoft, spoke about all these features and about some aspects of the future of the gaming industry. His lecture was organized in the framework of school “Game Worlds: from math models to artistic images” organized by High Performance Computing Department.

“Creation of game worlds: from math models to art” – that was the topic of the 10th Interactive School “Technologies of High-Performance Computing and Computer Modeling.” During four days the participants attended lectures on video game development and gamification as well as created their own game worlds.

UvA Computational Science Lab

Education Innovation Award

On February 9 Peter Sloot receives the Education Innovation Award from Dr. Olga Vasilyeva, Russian Minister of Education and Science, in the name of the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitri Medvedev. The award celebrates the advancement of the scientific method in the education and selection of highly qualified personnel of international level in the area of informatics. The award reads: “Distinction from the government of the Russian Federation in the area of Education.”

Education, communication, traditions, living conditions, food and weather - all of those change dramatically for foreign students who come to study in Russia. To adapt to the new environment, they can rely on specialists from the International Students Learning and Support Center; yet, having a right attitude is important as well, believe the exchange students from Europe and Brazil who came to ITMO for the IT and Business Innovations in Russia course. In an interview to our newsportal, they've shared their experience of studying at ITMO University.

Вечерний Санкт-Петербург

Is It Possible to Predict the Flu?

Influenza has been known for more than one century, but scientists and physicians still do not know how to predict flu season accurately. Scientists from ITMO University are trying to improve the situation. They have already developed a model for the spread of HIV among drug addicts. The creation of an effective tool for predicting flu epidemics has become a new challenge for our mathematicians.

ITMO University students Maria Semashko and Ksenia Bureiko returned from two-week fellowship in Brussels. Being in Belgium, Masters of The High-Performance Computing Department told European students about ITMO summer schools. Maria and Ksenia shared with ITMO.NEWS why the fellowship was a pleasant challenge, the way work of ITMO office in Brussels is organized and how interesting it was to visit EU institutions.

ITMO reserchers developed innovative technologies to avoid disorders during 2018 FIFA World Cup.

ITMO University scientists in alliance with international colleagues developed a program for bringing together computer models of crowd behavior. According to the authors, this helps forecast emergencies that appear during mass gatherings.

Backward thrust. For the first time in national science recent history we may observe not outflow of Russian scientists abroad but, on the contrary, international specialists come to Russia. Especially this tendency covers universities of big cities.

Университет ИТМО

ITMO University researchers in Oxford

eScience researchers shear their experience of receiving knowledge abroad. Alexander Moiseev wrote about participation in AR VR School of Oxford University. Read about the life of one of the most famous European campuses, British cycling passion and virtual catapult designed by Alexander to put Angry Birds prototype into life.

izvestia.ru

ITMO researchers simulate crowd panic

ITMO University researchers in collaboration with international colleagues created a program to predict crowd behavior in emergency situations. The algorithm will help to be ready for any emergency during mass events. Now the program is tested by the flow of pilgrims during the largest religious festival in the world. https://news.mail.ru/society/28804367/

International News Agency “Russia Today”

Women in science: from computers to Nobel prizes

Today our world celebrates the International Day of Women in Science. The first female scientists faced a lot of difficulties before males started treating them equally. RIA Novosti and ITMO University recalled their first success stories. Anna Kaluzhnaya, climatologist from ITMO University has shared her opinion on this issue.

The Government has approved the Transportation strategy for two most prestigious football tournaments: FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Apart from the description of transport requirements, this document includes organization of football fans transportation. Experts, who continue working on investigation of transport system resistance to high loads, do not eliminate possibilities of road congestions. However, they are doing everything possible to exclude transport collapse: today we can predict almost everything.

Pulse of the City TV

Vladimir Vasilyev, Rector of ITMO University: St Petersburg itiself is our laboratory

The interview with the rector of ITMO University Prof Dr Vladimir Vasiliev about the latest developments of the university, problems, achievements and prospects of the Russian science. Pulse of the City, December 02, 2016

Happy World Science Day! November, 10th - World Science Day for peace and development is celebrated. Daniil Voloshin, e-science research institute assistant is telling his story about the things that motivate the scientists, things they dream of and things that surprise them most.

Scientists from different countries have analyzed behavior of the mass gathering at the Kumbh Mela, one of the largest festivals in the world. The KumbhMela Experiment was conducted by specialists from the University of Amsterdam, the Indian Institute of Science and ITMO University. Dr. Ashish Verma, one of stakeholders of this project, came to ITMO and shared the details oftheir research activities.

Currently, visualization technologies help researchers predict flows, analyze crowd behavior and make medical decisions. ITMO University researchers developed the 3D Human Anatomy Atlas and the interactive «map» of the blood-vascular system. he invention is to be used at universities and in hospitals.

ITMO University

Open University: human mutations and art under the influence of technologies

Only 20 years ago for the majority of planet population satellite communication used to be in the same way incredible and remarkable phenomenon as flying space cruisers from “Star wars”. Presently no one can be surprised by a humanoid cyborg from “Terminator”. People are not enthusiastic about scientific and technical discoveries anymore and daily information flow makes people less sensible to any event. Topics concerning social values & history and how technologies have changed people’s life were being discussed during the eighth season of the educational project “The Open University” that took place last Saturday on the new stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre .

Habrahabr

University ITMO "simulates the future": from Prediction of Crowd Dynamics to Analysis of Social Networks

Is it possible to predict the behavior of the crowd? Scientists from the eScience Research Institute at ITMO University faced the challenge. They have created a system that simulates scenarios in crowded places, be it a World Cup stadium or pilgrimage sites.

Education, medicine, safety, radio electronics, and many other fields. The contest “IT Breakthrough” (IT Proryv) gives students and young specialists an opportunity to contribute to these areas by creating new solutions and technologies. This year two ITMO University teams became the winners. Its’ stakeholders talked about their projects – a highway patrol assistant and an automated curricula planner.

Science communication is one of those emerging fields where the union of art and science finds its place, it’s the bridge between the rich minds of scientists and academics and the masses of the world. While it is still an emerging field in Russia, it’s well-advanced in Europe, and two of ITMO University’s employees headed to Sicily last month to participate in the course “The Fundamental Science: from cutting-edge technologies to the heart of society”.

How to know everything about complex systems? How to manage social and urban processes using IT? Graduate students at High Performance Computing Department know answers for these questions.

Scientists at ITMO University together with colleagues from a number of universities around the world completed an experiment gathering data at an Indian celebration Kumbh Mela, which is one of the largest festivals in the world. With the information collected we can more effectively study processes with in a city and predict human behaviour during large and crowded events.

Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti

Forecasters in our own Motherland

How does the crowd behave in case of emergency? Is it possible to predict the path of dirty money? Where will yet another new epidemic spread? Predictive modeling and the ability to anticipate all these situations was discussed with Dr Prof Alexander V. Boukhanovsky, Director of eScience Research Institute of the University ITMO and Head of High Performance Computing (HPC) Department, ITMO University. At the same time we talked abotu the areas where modeling is still powerless.

Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Center in cooperation with authorities of Saint Petersburg signed an agreement for establishment of Translational Medicine Cluster in March 2016. To develop heath care area with assistance of modern technologies the experts construct decision support systems that aim at gathering extensive medical experience. Aleksey Yakovlev, head of Almazov Center`s Acute Coronary Syndrome Lab, delivered his lectured at ITMO University. The expert talked about how to improve treatment approaches using IT.

Rossijskaya Gazeta

Russian scientists have developed a mathematical model of crowd behavior

ITMO University scientists have created mathematical models calculating how to provide a convenient and safe route to the subway station for seventy thousand fans from Krestovsky Stadium Zenit-Arena, which is being constructed for the World Cup 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

ITMO University

The ninth session of Spring School dedicated to Decision Support Systems took place in ITMO University, St. Petersburg. In 2016

The ninth session of Spring School dedicated to Decision Support Systems took place in ITMO University, St. Petersburg. In 2016, the organizers, eScience Research Institute and HPC Department, decided to focus on teamwork and multidisciplinary tasks and offered the participants who came from all over Russia to create a grant prososal.

ITMO University

Let's BRICS IT!

ITMO University was selected to lead the Computer Science and Information Science group of BRICS Network University at the BRICS NU Rectors Forum that took place in Ekaterinburg, Russia earlier this month.

Nevsky News

Alexander Boukhanovsky: Our Innovations Have Been Protecting Petersburg from Flooding since 2011

Contemporary processes and events, especially complex systems like cities, are becoming more associated with mathematical computations. Researchers are able to prevent catastrophes, epidemics, flood threats, and much more, using computer modelling. Dr. Prof. Alexander Boukhanovsky, head of the High-Performance Computing Department at ITMO University, tells Nevsky News about the potential of predictive modelling and why it’s important for everyone.

High-Performance Computing Department of ITMO University presented a new Master`s program at the Open House Day. The officials of the Department talked guests and prospective students about computational science trainings and announced Master`s Program in Computational Biomedicine, which would be launched in 2016-2017.

It was a debilitating winter this year in the Northern Capital: between November and February, St. Petersburg Hospitals treated more than 6,500 people with the flu, according to media reports. All pharmacies were not even adequately equipped with the necessary medication and medical masks. This year’s epidemic broke the records of previous years which was a surprise for many. In connection with this, at the end of the last century, a mathematical model was developed in Russia for predicting the spread of the flu, which worked successfully and which ITMO University specialists are currently trying to rework for our current reality. Vasiliy Leonenko, an engineer at the Research Institute of High-Tech Computer Technologies, and a participant in ITMO University’s recent Science Slam, expands on this further.

Currently the well-timed diagnostics is a key element of effective treatment. However medical care will not be effective if physician analyzes an illness without considering unique peculiarities of a patient. Ilya Semov, Master student of Chair of High-Performance Computing, shared how to make medicine personal-oriented using clinical decision support systems.

Mikhail Melnik, Master student of Chair of High Performance Computing, participated in VII International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence ECTA, which took place on November 12-14 in Lisbon. Mr. Melnik presented his research on metaheuristic coevolutionary algorithms` application.

How to apply big data to urban and town-planning needs? International participants of «Erasing Disciplinary Boundaries in Urban Studies: Social Science and Computation» conference discussed ecological problems, poverty, infrastructure challenges and public transport. Hosted by ITMO University and Science & Technology Studies Center of European University at St. Petersburg (STS) the meeting brought together experts from Russia, Europe and the USA who exchanged their views and gave a workshop for Master students.

Jose Luis Araja Lopez, graduate student from Costa Rica, came to St. Petersburg to continue his studying at Chair of High-Performance Computing. According to Mr. Lopez, ITMO University offers high-quality and affordable education.

An international research team consisted of experts from India, the Netherlands and Russia is going to launch the Kumbh Mela Experiment, which will bring together tens of millions of people. Alexander Boukhanovsky, ITMO University professor, shared how to predict crowd behavior using various data sources.

ITMO University

The Butterfly Effect: How to Analyze Unpredictable Events

Computational science makes great strides. However it is still very complicated challenge for modern researchers to predict behavior of complex systems connected with social activities, biological processes and urban problems. ITMO University researchers shared the application of high-performance computing and talked about projects developed with the assistance of international colleagues.