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On August 22-27, the city of Kazan hosted the 45th competition for young professionals, which brought together 1,300 participants from 63 countries. In addition to musical performances and lighting effects, the grandiose opening ceremony involved unique AR effects developed by specialists from ITMO University. Read on to learn who – and how – created these augmented-reality features for the show.
Once again, ITMO PhD Student Gennady Korotkevich won the Google Code Jam international competition. This time, the event took place in San Francisco on August 9. This was the sixth victory in the programmer’s winning streak. Apart from Gennady, the Japanese contestant Makoto Soejima and the contest’s first-timer Andrew He from MIT got into the top-3. Every year, over 50,000 programmers from all over the world participate in Google Code Jam, with only 25 making it to the finals. Among the latter were also ITMO’s students Boris Minaev and Evgeny Kaplun.
Russian School Students Score a Resounding Victory at the 2019 International Olympiad in Informatics
A team of Russian school students helmed by coaches from the country’s leading universities has won four gold medals becoming best in the team event at the 2019 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). In IOI’s individual event, Russia’s Ildar Gainullin posted the world’s second-best result. One of the most prestigious computer science competitions in the world, this year’s Olympiad is being held on August 4-11 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The results of this year’s ITMO.STARS – a competition for prospective students with unique accomplishments – are in, with 15 participants being awarded free tuition at ITMO University’s program of their choice and the number of application doubling from last year’s. Launched in 2018, the initiative aims to offer talented and motivated high schoolers an opportunity to enroll at ITMO even if their Unified State Exam scores wouldn’t normally allow them to.
More than 750 teams from around the world took part in the recent online round of CyBRICS, a large-scale computer security competition for participants from the BRICS countries: Brazil, India, China, South Africa, and Russia. As one of the event’s organizers, ITMO University will receive the winners of the qualifying round when they come to St. Petersburg in September to compete in the final round. The competition is developed and run by members of the SPbCTF community.
On July 7, the Australian city of Sydney hosted the biggest international robotics competition RoboCup 2019. Representing Russia was ITMO University’s Youth Robotics Laboratory with their new robot ELSA, a beautiful humanoid playing the flute. ITMO team took second place in the OnStage Advanced category and first place in the RoboCup SuperTeam Challenge category.
ITMO University’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering invites lecturers to take part in a competition on the development of general physics courses for the university’s Bachelor’s students. The winners will receive a prize of 100,000 rubles, as well as the opportunity to join ITMO University as lecturers. Read on to learn about how to participate and win.
At the end of spring, the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities launched an open call for astronauts-to-be. As before, the selection is competition-based. The application deadline is June 1, 2020, which goes in line with Roscosmos’ plan to form a new team of astronauts by the end of 2020. Among the most sought-after specialists are physicians, engineers and pilots. What is also remarkable is that the competition commission wants the new team to be more gender-balanced, so women are actively encouraged to apply. The selection process will last for two years and result in 4-6 new astronauts joining the Roscosmos team. Read on to learn more about the competition and application process.
ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship international conference on robotics and automation. Hosted on May 20-24 in Montreal, Canada, this year’s conference included a new addition to its program, AI Driving Olympics, which is a contest on applying AI to the operation of self-driving cars. Representing the project JetBrains Research, the team JBRRussia emerged as the absolute winner of the competition. The team, which was headed by Kirill Krinkin, consisted of nine members, five of them students of ITMO University’s Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics.
ITMO University Teams Take the Crown at Yauza CTF-2019, RealCTF and FaustCTF Cybersecurity Competitions
ITMO University teams came in top places at the cybersecurity competitions Yauza CTF-2019 (gold, silver and bronze), RealCTF (silver and bronze) и FaustCTF (the SPbCTF team emerged second). ITMO.NEWS met winning teams’ members, all students of Information Technologies and Programming Faculty and the Faculty of Secure Information Technologies, to talk about their experiences.