What can data from blogs and social networks tell about users? Is it possible to develop mechanisms of dissemination of information that will help to recognize fakes? Specialists from more than ten universities and organizations of the world are working on these and other tasks within the large European project RENOIR. The main goal of the project is to create new methods of processing social information. Joanna Toruniewska, PhD student from the Warsaw University of technology, came to ITMO University to work within the project. She told ITMO.NEWS about her work and how computer science can help you with processing social information.

Georgy Bobashev is the chief researcher of the the Center for Data Science at RTI International Independent Research Institute (USA). Today, the company is using big data analysis to explore a variety of areas of life in the United States - most of them belong to the health sector. Thus, experts are working with the problem of drug addiction, use of medicines, spread of diseases such as HIV and diabetes, and other topics. Georgy Bobashev gave an open lecture at ITMO University. ITMO. NEWS spoke to the expert and found out what the specifics of working with medical data are, what socially significant problems the US government is investigating today, how it works in collaboration with big data researchers, and what methods in data science provide answers to important questions about spread of disease or calculation of medical examination data.

The long-awaited Russian videogame Atomic Heart is embroiled in controversy. It wasn’t long ago that the game’s trailer racked up over 500,000 views on YouTube – a near-unprecedented number for a Russian game – but some of the game’s developers have anonymously complained of unnecessarily rough management at the studio and constant, unpredictable firings. We spoke to members of the Russian GameDev community, educators, and partners of ITMO University’s Master’s program ‘Game Development Technologies’ to find out if the rumors about Atomic Heart have any weight to them, and how newcomers to the industry can avoid such situations.

Specialists of the National Center for Cognitive Technologies that is based at ITMO University are developing technology for intelligent systems for development of urban areas. The “digital time machine” will allow predicting consequences of designers' decisions at the idea stage, said Alexander Bukhanovsky, the head of the center.

Students and graduate students of ITMO University together with TAU Tracker company have developed a game called Shadow Samurai, designed for motion capture gloves. The game demonstrates the efficiency of technology: having put on TAU Tracker virtual reality helmet and gloves, the user, without using joysticks and controllers, can interact with the virtual world with his own hands . In January, the project was demonstrated at the largest CES consumer electronics exhibition in Las Vegas. However, developers see prospects of technology not only in gaming. Сompanies specializing in medicine, auto industry and robotics are already getting interested in the technology. We have talked to Andrey Karsakov, the head of Videogames' Technologies master program of ITMO University, about how the work on the project has been going and what future awaits him.

In 2018, smartphone sales in Russia set a new historical record in the background of the economic crisis and rising prices. Russians continue to buy the best devices on technology market. The latest technological innovations are now being demonstrated at the largest international exhibition Consumer Electronic Show — CES. Employees of ITMO University also present their development: a delegation headed by Andrey Karsakov, a senior lecturer of the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, is showing a game Shadow Samurai, designed for motion capture gloves. We will tell you about this and other ultra-modern devices in the text.

Bumping into an unknown task is one of the main fears all participants of academic competitions have when starting out. Yet this was exactly the situation that Pavel Zhdanov, a student of ITMO University’s Big Data Financial Technologies Master’s program, found himself in during the GPN Intelligence Cup case-championship. He rose to the challenge, solved everything he had to solve, and won an internship at Gazprom Neft, the largest oil-producing company in Russia. ITMO.NEWS met with Pavel to find out what working at Gazprom is like, how to nail all job interviews and why soft skills are so important.

On December 6-7, the Russian city of Sochi hosted the forum ‘Ecosystem of the NTI: Strategy of the Future’. Over 300 representatives of the NTI (National Technology Initiative) community, including those from ITMO University, gathered to discuss long-term plans and new projects, as well as to recap on this year’s developments and recognize the achievements of the community members. Russia’s scientific and technological development in the coming years was the main topic of the forum.

A startup from Khabarovsk called Nastec will demonstrate gloves with a magnetic TAU Tracker along with the computer game “God Simulator” developed by ITMO University (St. Petersburg) at CES 2019 exhibition in Las Vegas in January, 2019. But the main customers of TAU Tracker are not gamers, but surgeons, carmakers, developers of VR platforms, etc. Invest-Forsite was informed about it by the founder and CEO of the company, Ilya Kotov.

Big data analysis will help people to form communities of interest and strengthen solidarity of city residents. These tasks are dedicated to the new project of the Quality Urban Life Laboratory (QULLAB) of Institute of Design & Urban Studies of the ITMO University, which is known as the Neighborhood Advertising Network. This network collects and analyzes data on visits to restaurants, cafes and other food outlets in St. Petersburg. During the In the City conference, the QULLAB project won the competition of Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design. For information on how BigData can help you to choose a coffee shop or a bar to your liking, visit ITMO.NEWS.

About a year ago, the MTS company started focusing on the development of AI-based products. A research group was formed as part of this new direction. The group’s specialists create virtual assistants, incorporate AI technologies in medicine and office management, as well as carry out two joint projects with ITMO University. Mikhail Mishurovsky, the lead architect of MTS’s AI research group, gave an open lecture about the company’s key projects in the field of artificial intelligence, the collaboration with ITMO, and the specialists of the future. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of his speech.

Stanislav Sobolevsky is an associate professor of practice at New York University, head of the Urban Complexity Group research group, and co-founder of the Insight Data Labs consulting studio. Today, the scientist is engaged in several areas at once, including machine learning and big data, network analysis, modeling movement of people, and also the theory of differential equations. As a part of an open lecture at ITMO University, Stanislav Sobolevsky spoke about a new field of science - urban computer science, explained what problems it can solve and how it helps to make the citizens’ life more comfortable.

How to present mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias from the point of view of fundamental science and what basic ideas underlie a multiscale computer simulation of the heart? For more than twenty years, the research group headed by Alexander Panfilov, Professor of Ghent University, has been involved in development of a virtual model of a human heart and its use in studying mechanisms of sudden cardiac death. In his lecture at ITMO University the researcher spoke of his work’s results, as well as of key challenges and problems in the field of computer-based methodologies. And in an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Alexander Panfilov explained how basic research helps to solve specific medical problems and why it is so important nowadays to involve specialists in Computer Science in this work.

In Russia, many cities are located beyond the Arctic Circle in the permafrost territory, and there is no improvement there at all. The street is arranged if it is paved. Artem Nikolaev, a student of Institute of Design & Urban Studies, wants to change the situation for the better: he writes guidelines about cities’ improvement, keeps a telegram channel and speaks at summits in Norway.

Last week, Higher School of Economics’s St. Petersburg campus hosted the 10th International Conference on Social Informatics, or SocInfo 2018 for short. The multidisciplinary event is an annual get-together for experts from different countries and fields, gathering to discuss their experiences of using information technologies to study social phenomena. One of this year’s conference speakers hails from ITMO University: Danila Vaganov, a second-year Master’s student at the High-Performance Computing Department and research associate at the eScience Research Institute, presented ITMO’s joint project with Bank Saint Petersburg. Its aim is to forecast the purchases the bank’s clients make through analyzing their financial and social data.

Over the past year, video games have brought 137 billion dollars to its creators. For comparison, the film industry earns two-thirds of this amount-about 90 billion. The gaming market is growing every year, and smartphones in our hands have already outgrown the power of Playstation 3. Artem Polyakov, development Director, discussed with students of ITMO University how not to get lost in the growing market and to find a studio of your dream. ITMO.NEWS outlined Artem's story and found out how the studio's cooperation with the University will continue.

How does a person navigate in an unknown space, how does he explore it and remember all his movements? Human behavior in such cases is of great scientific interest. Especially in context of studying decision-making mechanisms during emergency situations, during evacuation. Such research is carried out by research group led by Michael Lees, co-director of the international scientific laboratory "City Informatics", an employee of the Natural Sciences Department of the University of Amsterdam. They created a game similar to Minecraft, which was used to study human behavior in conditions where it is necessary to orient in an unfamiliar space. During a lecture at ITMO University, Michael Lees spoke about development of a new serious experimental game approach and its results.

At the end of 2017, the number of pensioners in Russia, according to the Pension Fund of Russia, reached 43.5 million people (29.6% of the population). According to experts, this number will grow in the future. However, how do elderly people actually live? What services do they really need? And is it as bad, as is commonly believed, that they are mastering new technologies? Until now, the life of elderly people in Russia has been studied a little, and the data that is available do not provide an objective picture, tells Irina Grigorieva, professor of Saint Petersburg State University, doctor of sociological sciences and senior researcher at ITMO University. Starting from this year, a new project will start, within the framework of which it is planned to study a set of issues of the “third age” using modern digital technologies. According to the authors of the study, its results will provide an objective picture and data that will later help to update measures of social policy in Russia. Irina Grigorieva provided more information about the study and its tasks in an interview to ITMO.NEWS.

The first meeting of the National Center for Cognitive Development was held in ITMO University. The consortium members, which included high-tech companies, Russian universities, regulators, various foundations, were discussing further steps to develop technologies and infrastructure of cognitive development, as well as different issues of training of necessary personnel, for two days. The purpose of meeting was to develop practical strategies for the center’s work.

Digitalization is penetrating in more than one sphere of human activity, making significant adjustments to traditional ways of working. The media environment is no exception - the daily activities of news agencies are gradually being transformed with the use of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. Last week, ITMO University held a lecture of Aljoša Rehar, Head of Digital Strategy Unit of Slovenian Press Agency, who spoke about digital transformation of the news industry and about the RENOIR project, which employs representatives of the media industry (news agency STA Slovenia) and the academic community (Warsaw Technological University, Stanford University and others) today. Since June 2018, ITMO University has joined the project.

A group of lecturers of ITMO University spent two weeks on an internship at MIT, where they were studying modern educational methods for use in higher education. The internship was aimed at obtaining practical skills: how to increase students’ performance, how to implement online training, why it is important to give students the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge immediately, why their entrepreneurial skills should be trained. Now lecturers of the university are using the new experience to improve educational methods in their courses.

Valentin Melnikov, a graduate of ITMO University, began to engage in high-performance computing during his studies on a joint master's program with the University of Amsterdam. Then he began to study how the power outage affects the transport situation in Amsterdam. The ties of ITMO University with the University of Amsterdam enabled the graduate to find employment in Nanyang Technological University, since he is working there in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Peter Sloot, who works as a professor in all the three universities. In Singapore, Valentin is developing a model that will help to organize a comfortable urban space in a very hot and humid climate. He told ITMO.NEWS about his research work.

What do thousands of Twitter users think about the last World Cup in Russia? How did the mundial affect city traffic? And how to learn to effectively manage data in virtual reality? Six students of ESIEE Paris, one of the leading educational institutions in France, have been working over these and other projects during three-month internship at the School of Translational Information Technologies at ITMO University. In their spare time, students managed to cheer in the fan zone for their home team. The students told ITMO.NEWS about results of the projects and their memories of life and work in Russia.

St. Petersburg is hosting the largest open-air of summer - VK Fest. Bloggers, artists, sportsmen, artists and musicians that are popular online are performing on stages and conducting master classes. ITMO University traditionally presents its own interactive zone at VK Fest. This year, the university has three main sites: the "fair" of future professions, the lecture hall of the "University of Children", as well as technological entertainment: VR-game and a game trampoline.

July 6 marked the conclusion of the 7th International Young Scientists Conference in Computational Science. Held in the bustling Greek city of Heraklion, this event was organized by ITMO University jointly with the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Crete (Greece), the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH) (Greece), and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with the aim of strengthening the ties between young scientists in different countries. Over 90 young scientists from more than 8 countries, including Russia, Greece, Poland, Ethiopia, Philippines, and the Republic of Macedonia, took part in the conference.

What are the rules that need to be followed so as to create an optimal environment for modern citizens? What are the urbanists in the laboratory of quality of urban life engaged in? And how do residents' emotions help specialists to develop new projects and concepts for development of urban space? The head of the Laboratory of Quality of Urban Life, assistant professor at the Institute of Design and Urban Studies at the ITMO University Alexandra Nenko told us about the importance of art-development, work at the intersection of disciplines and why business and creative groups are increasingly paying attention to one another, in an open interview within the "Campus" festival.

Why should programmers study Computer Science? What are scientists of computer technologies laboratory engaged in? And how to start a scientific career for those who do not want to just write code? Vladimir Ulyantsev, the assistant professor of ITMO University and the head of the international laboratory "Computer Technologies", has told us about Computer Science in Russia, work at the intersection of different branches of science and how programmers start to engage in serious scientific research, at the Campus festival.

Optimal tourist route in time free from football. IT developers from Petersburg have released a special application for smartphones and pads, which offers fans to visit the most iconic attractions of cities-organizers of the championship, taking into account the time limits. The research was based on the most popular requests in search engines and social networks.
KSENIA MUKHINA, PhD student of HPC Department of ITMO University: Each next point is chosen basing on its remoteness from the previous one, as it is important not only to compose the route, which contains the most important and beautiful places, but also so that it could actually be completed in one day. Despite all the advantages, this website is only a small reserve for the future. The experts will create a unique application that could compete with many existing Internet search engines afterwards. Indeed, it will take into account the most varied wishes of people.
ALEXANDER VISHERATIN, PhD in Technical Sciences: If a tourist is more interested in castles or palaces, he can set such parameters in the application; a person will be able to set the duration of route that is interesting to him. If he, for example, can only devote two hours a day to visiting tourist sights, he can indicate it.
The website address is Now it operates in English and in a short time will be available in Russian. The number of cities and routes on the electronic map will increase.

Few universities in the world offer training in master or bachelor programs that are related to human-machine interaction. In the course of such programs, students develop applications and interfaces for introducing new technologies into people's lives. They also explore possibilities of applying these technologies in different areas and analyze users’ preferences. Markku Turunen, professor of the University of Tampere and head of the profile R&D group, told us about the master program in Human-Technology Interaction at the University of Tampere.

The dynamic model of passenger traffic at the new station "Olympic Park" in Adler will be demonstrated at the Venice Architectural Biennale till the end of November 2018. The model was developed by the staff of the interactive visualization laboratory on request of the Studio 44 Architectural Bureau (the authors of the project of the railway station built for the Olympics).

Results of the contest of the Ministry of Education and Science for the grant support of the centers of National Technological Initiative (NTI) on the basis of universities and scientific organizations have been summed up. The selected participants will receive support for research activities and educational programs implemented within eight "cross-cutting" directions. ITMO University became the selected winner in the direction of "Machine learning and cognitive technologies ". The day before, the university had already created a consortium, which included 18 participants, including MTS,, the Speech Technology Center, Er-Telecom and other large companies, scientific centers and universities of Russia. Within Cognitive Development National Center’ program the university is planning to solve a complex of science intensive, educational and infrastructural tasks jointly with its partners in next five years, which, as a result, will overcome the technological barriers associated with the systemic advancement of cognitive technologies in promising NTI markets.

The course of guest lectures of Marco Javarone, professor of University of Hertfordshire (UK), on Mathematical and Computational Models for Complex Systems, took place at ITMO University. Marco told students about complex networks and numerical modeling of complex systems, machine or deep learning with an emphasis on financial technologies and social networks. Most importantly, the professor was showing possible practical applications of theoretical knowledge in this field on each lecture. Marco gave an interview to ITMO.NEWS and told us why we should study complex systems, where specialists in this area work and what qualities they need to possess.

Today, with the help of machine learning, companies may, for instance, find a profitable location for a new point of sales, optimize purchases and improve the efficiency of employees. Artificial intelligence will help you how to work with a client in a proper way, keep him and increase the level of loyalty. But along with retailers or fintech companies, the fuel and energy sector is one of the leaders in the number of projects based on new technologies. Pavel Sorokin, head of the department of interaction with universities, personnel management department of the Scientific and Technical Center of Gazprom Neft, believes that in conditions of the fourth industrial revolution, oil companies can no longer work according to the old rules. At a lecture in ITMO University, he told the students about how modern industry is changing, what specialists are needed for the oil sector and why companies are now betting on fundamental education and cooperation with leading Russian universities.

Computer game developers are experiencing a terrible hunger for worthy professionals today. There are a lot of programmers now, but only few know how to develop games. There were discussions on what is needed to fix the situation at Bytex conference in Saransk, that was dedicated to the interaction of business and academic institutions in IT education. Andrey Karsakov, a senior lecturer of the high-performance computing department, had presented the methods used at ITMO University, particularly within the master program "Technologies of computer games development." The course taken by the university was supported by experts from the industry.

On March 30 Bytex, a company that has been engaged in software development and testing since 2004, held the first IT conference "B.CON" in Saransk. The organizers are planning to make the event annual and to attract leading IT companies, creating a platform for exchange of experience between regional and international experts. The main topic of the first conference was cooperation between business and educational institutions in the field of education. Representatives of Bytex leading partner companies (Andrey Lankin, Senior vendor Manager; Evgeny Tarakanov, R& D Expert; Andrey Karsakov, head of ITMO initiative.GameDev; Dmitry Dolgov, technical producer of 1C Games Studios) were the main speakers of the event.

Anton Gusarov, a PhD student of the HPC Department, had been working on the EU project SILIKA as a visiting researcher at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden for almost three weeks. This project is aimed at creating a technological basis for 5G future generation mobile networks. The work is being performed under Horizon 2020 EU grant program, involving scientists from three universities of Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as representatives of large engaged companies.

Is computer modeling able to help us in solving problems of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases? Scientists from ITMO University have been conducting research so as to reduce the risk of complications after implanting stents (a special arching frame that is placed in coronary vessels and is designed to restore the blood supply of heart) together with colleagues from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom for the last few years. Pavel Zun, a PhD student of the HPC Department of ITMO University and the one of the project’s authors, has spent last month in Sheffield University, continuing his work on building a model of tissue growth inside the vessel after stent implanting and working with biologists. He told ITMO.NEWS about some details of their teamwork and why construction of computer models for medicine is one of the most prospective fields today.

The ITMO University team under supervision of Janusz Holyst, professor of physics in the Warsaw University of Technology, is developing a cloud program for making financial decisions. Janusz Jolyst and Claudia Bochenina, the project’s leaders, tell us how this program will prompt banks whom to issue loans and suggest an ordinary user when to take a mortgage or buy currency.

Last week at the department of technological management and innovations of the ITMO university there was opened a creative space CHAIKA that is going to be a platform for development of creative abilities of students and everyone interested. Already now there is a photo exhibition SUN PETERSBURG where you can see the works of the photographic community Art Petersburg’ s members. As Nina Yanykina, head of the Department of design and innovation activity and acting Dean of the faculty of technology management and innovations (FTMI) of the ITMO University, pointed out at the opening, the new creative space will become a point of attraction for people willing to develop their creative skills as well as to find co-thinkers.

Fabio Bagarello, a professor from the University of Palermo, came to the ITMO University to read a lecture on the use of quantum theory for mathematical modeling of various systems. He told ITMO.NEWS about the possible use of quantum computing in modeling and why there are still no quantum computers on store shelves. Professor is sure that students and scientists still have something in this sphere to work on and to study. The specialists in the field of mathematical modeling of complex socio-economic processes with application of modern methods of quantum information theory and cognitive technologies will be trained in the first Russian master program "Cognitive technologies and quantum intelligence", which was opened in the ITMO University. Our material is about the areas of use of quantum computing and why professionals in quantum mechanics should also understand sociology, political science and economics.

Why aren’t all grants, competitions and scholarships always benefit for a student? How can participation in research schools, conferences and other scientific events help with employment? Why the Olympiads show the student his strengths, weaknesses and preparation for practical work? Start of registration for the Olympiad "I am a professional!" actualized these issues. Vasiliy Leonenko, the senior professor of high performance computing department, told us about the real cases from life that illustrate answers to them. He also outlined the trends of mathematical modeling – the fields of IT that are included in the "Computer and information sciences" track.

A resident of ITMO University Technopark, the "Optimal movement" company, gained the opportunity to participate in the “NewGo“ acceleration program of Helsinki after winning the Finlanding competition on the GoTech forum. It means that startup will receive legal advisory support of the Finnish accelerator in order to get to the European market through Finland. The company Director, Yaroslav Smirnov, told us what specific features the process of running business has in Finland and what prospects the "Optimal movement" has.

The participants of the international round table, held within the METANANO-2017 conference, discussed the development of research in the field of photonics and quantum communications in Russia and outlined the directions of scientific collaboration with the BRICS countries. The representatives of scientific associations of the country were speculating on what steps should be taken by researchers and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in order to bring the country to the leading positions in elaboration in the field of photonic technologies. The main trends setting the vector of the development of modern technologies are Big Data and convergence of photonics with computer technologies and biotechnologies. There is more and more information and traditional communication channels for data transfer are overloaded, their throughput capacity is not sufficient. At the same time, the market sets tasks that are closely related to photon technology for the scientists. The first is integration of the optical systems into environments for information transmission, processing and storage. The key subtask of this direction is creation of an optical computer. The next point is development of quantum cryptography. Manufacturers of electronic devices are striving for switching to quantum information transfer in devices. The need for such changes was confirmed by an illustrative example: in 2017 attackers remotely hacked a car for the first time, and its owner lost control over it on the road. Another urgent task for the market is development of optical neural interface technology. Scientists must be able to create such devices and equipment so that we can do without sensory organs or replace them, or, even better - acquire a new channel of perception.

The term of "Big Data" was firstly introduced by Clifford Lynch, editor of the Nature magazine, in the special issue dedicated to the explosive growth of world information volumes in 2008. Science used to be and still is the one of the largest producers of data. For example, the only one Large Hadron Collider produces more than 15 petabytes of data per year, and NASA stores more than 37 petabytes of data on climate change on its servers. However, Big Data is being used more and more frequently in other areas - from marketing to urban studies. In recent years scientists all over the world are working on mechanisms that will significantly increase speed of data operations, as well as reduce its storage volume. The scientists from ITMO University who produced the modular Exarch data storage tell that registration of data semantics is able to cope with these tasks not only upon data processing but also upon organizing data storage. A new approach to data storage enables us to reduce the time for data operations more than twice, and also to decline usage of additional computing power. The results of the research were presented at the international conference ICCBDC 2017 (International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing) in London.

In September 2015 Suomen Banerjee came to ITMO University from Calcutta, a city in West Bengal (India), after getting a bachelor's degree in his homeland. The student enrolled for High-Performance Computing Department within double-degree program and then he was to spend a year in St Petersburg. Having become a master in the field of big data, Suomen tells why the experience gained within double-degree program may appear to be crucial in professional life and why the young specialist wants to return to Russia.

According to Watson Health’s (division of IBM) statistics, the amount of data that patient generates through all his life exceed 1000 terabytes. But where this data can be stored, how can we manage it effectively, and, what’s most important, is Russian healthcare system ready for widespread implementation of informational technologies? The National Medical centre named after V.A. Almazov runs a medical informational system, which has incorporated the experimental system of decision-making support, designed in ITMO University. It was created for a doctor’s current activity during ambulatory care for patients with arterial hypertension and acts as a virtual assistant, that makes it possible to verify patient data entered by doctor.

Today, traveling as a tourist means that your path rarely crosses with the local people, unless you have friends or family in the foreign country that you're visiting. You might look for recommendations on TripAdviser, and tour guides can help, but the truth is that they don't give you even half the picture. Locals know the best and most affordable places to hang out, while you probably have to pay double in more expensive places that aren't even that good.

Once every four years, a hacker camp is set up in the Netherlands, open to all visitors. This year, hacking enthusiasts from all over the world flocked to a location near Amsterdam. In search of new experiences Oleg Zaytsev, a Master’s student at ITMO University’s High-Performance Computations Department, went to one of the world’s biggest hacking conventions. We talked to him about what makes hacking parties so special and the things that make today’s “cyber-pirates” worried or happy.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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 .


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.