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The World Robot Olympiad (WRO-2017) has just come to a close in Costa Rica. The international competition for talented school and university students involves participants from more than 60 countries. ITMO’s team of school students, led by coach Igor Lositskiy, has won the gold medal in the Open category’s Senior age group. Russian teams have also claimed gold medals in all three age groups of the Regular category (as well as both silver and bronze in the Elementary age group), the bronze medal in the Robot Football competition and another gold medal in the Open category.
ITMO University’s student sports club KronBars has topped the ranking of Russian student sports clubs. Association of Student Sports Clubs of Russia (ASSC) published the ranking on its web-site. The ranking accounts for the clubs’ activities from September 2016 to August 2017. It includes 56 participants from 8 federal districts of Russia. In addition to that, this year’s ranking will be a part of the finalists’ qualification criteria in the contest "Best Student Sports Club of 2016-2017 Academic Year". The contest will be held in Kazan in late November.
Today representatives of ITMO University presented the university’s Road Map for the implementation of the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project. 16 out of 21 universities that participate in the project have presented their Road Maps to the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities. The Council’s sessions will be held on October 27 to 28 at the Sverdlovsk Oblast Governor’s Residence in Yekaterinburg. Among the top-performing universities are HSE, ITMO University, MEPhI, MIPT, NSU, MISiS and Tomsk State University.
ITMO students from the Computer Technology Department - Stanislav Naumov, Alexei Latyshev and Nikolai Budin - became winners of the competition’s new Codecraft category. This year, more than 4,000 students took part in the annual All-Russian event organized by the Huawei company. The teams had to pass two qualification rounds and solve three optimization tasks in eight hours during the final stage.
Students from ITMO University’s Computer Technologies Department have won third place at the St. Petersburg event of the Telecom Application Development Hackathon (TADHack), which was held in more than 30 cities around the world from September 22 to 24. The competition requires participants to develop telecommunications software. More about the event and ITMO team’s project below.
An international scientific team has modeled and conducted an experiment in the course of which they have managed to produce an electrically pumped spin-polarized polariton laser. This allows for a reduction in the laser’s energy consumption levels and control over the output polarization. This is achieved thanks to the use of magnetic materials in the device’s contacts: the electrons that come into contact with the laser have a preferred spin direction, which allows for effective spin pumping. Polariton lasers are very promising for the very reason that they do not require high amounts of energy. In addition, they work at room temperatures. Due to this, they can be used in portable electronics, optical computers and communication devices. Results of the experiment have been published in Physical Review Letters.
Half a century ago, an Italian physicist Ugo Fano published a paper where he described a type of resonance with a distinctive asymmetrical profile which emerges as a result of an interference of two wave processes. Many years later, his research became one of the most cited articles of the 20th century. Recently, scientists from ITMO University, Ioffe Institute and the Australian National University Mikhail F. Limonov, Mikhail V. Rybin, Alexander N. Poddubny and Yuri S. Kivshar published a review of the problems and accomplishments of using the Fano effect in modern photonics in the Nature Photonics magazine. Mr. Limonov shared about the review and possible applications of the Fano resonance in an interview to ITMO.NEWS.
This summer, Vadim Veiko, head of ITMO University’s Department of Laser Technologies and Systems, who has been a mountaineer for more than 50 years, and Alexei Orudzhev, an ITMO alum, engineer and a mountaineering club trainer, have successfully climbed an unexplored peak in the Pamir Mountains, located at 4729 meters above the sea level. The previously unnamed mountain, located near the Lenin Peak, now bears the name of ITMO University Peak. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Veiko speaks about their journey, routes, riding on horseback, lasers and volcanoes.
From July 25 to 30th, RoboCup-2017 finals were held in Nagoya, Japan. This year, for the first time in the university's history, two teams from ITMO took part in the final stage of the famous tournament. Despite being newcomers, ITMO University's School Team earned its first award - the Novice Award in the On Stage category of the RoboCup Junior league. Team members and their trainers spoke to us about how they prepared for the international contest and what difficulties awaited them at the tournament.
On May 26th, the results of the June version of the international academic ranking Webometrics Top Universities by Google Scholar Citations that assesses citation rates of universities' academic staff was published. ITMO University went up 350 positions and is now on the 841th place worldwide and 5th among Russian universities.