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Every year more and more devices emerge that help us monitor our health. Many people, and especially the younger generations, enjoy using various gadgets to track the amount of exercise they do, their diet and daily routine. These devices can help us move forward from reactive healthcare to preventative healthcare. Dr. Anthony Faiola, is Professor and Head of the Biomedical and Health Information Sciences Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, gave a keynote at the conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS) at ITMO University. He spoke about recent developments regarding mobile health information technology, and how his team uses them. Here are the highlights of his report.
Today machine learning helps companies to find a profitable location for a new salespoint, optimize purchases and improve employee efficiency. Artificial intelligence can tell you how to work with clients, keep them and increase their loyalty. Along with retailers and finance specialists, the energy industry is developing a large number of new technology projects. “The fourth industrial revolution dictates new rules for oil companies”, believes Pavel Sorokin, head of the Interaction with Universities Department and the Personnel Management Department of Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center. In his lecture at ITMO University he presented the changes in modern industry, talked about the specialists in demand and explained the companies focus on fundamental education and cooperation with leading Russian universities.
ITMO University has recently hosted a series of lectures on Mathematical Models for Complex Systems by Marco Javarone, a professor from the University of Hertfordshire (UK). He spoke about complex networks, numerical modeling of complex systems, and machine learning with an emphasis on financial technologies and social networks. Most importantly, the professor explained theoretical knowledge can be successfully implemented in practical applications. ITMO.NEWS asked Mr. Javarone some questions about complex systems studies, and what qualities students should have to get a job in the field.
Last weekend, yet another Science Fest took place in St. Petersburg. As this time the event was hosted at the recently-opened planetarium, guests were able to watch full-dome popular science films about space and space exploration. Adherents of “hard” science could also attend lectures on modern technology, the capabilities of hybrid intelligence and Big Data, while those who thrive for new experiences could try out VR apps and see a hologram of R2-D2 at ITMO University’s interactive zone.
Yet another Campus, a project that uses the city as a university educational festival, recently took place in St. Petersburg. Adherers of popular science gathered in nine bars across the city to enjoy lectures by both students and established scientists. The topics included moonflights , the structure of Earth, sunmobiles, transhumanism, the problems of modern communication, archeology and many others. ITMO.NEWS visited some of these lectures to find out why people confuse Big Data with statistics and why memes are so easy to remember.
The term Big Data was first introduced by Clifford Lynch, Nature's editor, in 2008's special issue dedicated to the worldwide explosive growth of the quantity of information. Both then and now, science remains amongst the fields that produce most of the information; for instance, every year the Large Hadron Collider produces more than 15 petabytes of information, and NASA's servers host more than 37 petabytes on climate change only. And Big Data continues to grow - as of now, it has more and more applications in other fields, from marketing to urban science. Scientists from all over the world work on the mechanisms that will help increase the speed of data processing, as well as decrease their storage volume. ITMO scientists believe that a new way of organizing data storages can help solve these issues; lately, they've presented their new Exarch project. The new approach can double the speed of data processing, as well as allow to withdraw from using additional processing capacities. The research results were presented at the recent ICCBDC (International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing) 2017 in London.
Soumen Banerjee came to ITMO University in September 2015 after getting his Bachelor’s degree in Calcutta. He enrolled at ITMO’s High-Performance Computing Department on a double-degree program and spent the first year of his studies in St. Petersburg. Having received his Master’s degree in Big Data, Soumen explains why the experience he acquired in his studies may well be a key part of his professional career and why the young specialist wants to come back to Russia.
Programmers from ITMO University have created a list of places in St. Petersburg which could help locals indirectly give advice to tourists. The scientists created a computer algorithm that allows users to find the most popular museums, cafes, streets and parks based on photographs taken by locals. Results of the research were presented at The International Conference on Computational Science and published in the peer-reviewed journal Procedia Computer Science.
What do urban planning experts learn from photos in Instagram? 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 the creation of dielectric metamaterials with unique properties.