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On June 23, the 2019 Russian Robot Olympiad, the national stage of the World Robot Olympiad, wrapped up at the Innopolis University (Kazan). This year, the venue, which has been hosting the country’s largest competition in the field since 2014, welcomed 211 coaches and 537 participants aged from 12 to 18 years old. Among them was the team from ITMO University’s Youth Robotics Laboratory, who presented their new invention, LEGO Education Helper, taking the first prize of the competition.
Living in the office, relaxing at parties, and devoting six years to the creation of a dream game: this is how game designer Kirill Zolovkin describes his life. In his 17 years in the industry, he has worked his way to the top at the company OctoBox Interactive and won a multitude of awards. There have been other recognitions; for example, one of his games was streamed by PewDiePie, the gaming YouTuber extraordinaire. In his talk at an open day of the educational program “Game Development Technologies”, Kirill shared about stumbling blocks in video game development.
ITMO University’s team from the Creative Robotics Laboratory of the School of Computer Technologies and Control have for the fifth time emerged winners of the Baltic Science and Engineering Competition. The main prize in the robotics category went to Vasily Dunaev and Dmitry Kharlapenko from the Presidential Physics and Mathematics Lyceum №239, who presented a model of an autonomous system capable of looking after easily-damageable fruit and berries and delivering them to customers when ripe. It wasn’t the first win for their Strawberry Fields project, who’d already claimed first place at the World Robot Olympiad 2018 in Thailand. ITMO.NEWS met the team to talk about how they prepared for the competition and what they expect to come of their project in the future.
Breathing-Checker Belt and Smart Trousers: ITMO Students Explore Health Devices at Tallinn University Winter School
A winter school in Experimental Interaction Design has recently taken place at Tallinn University. Held on January 14-25, it focused on using technologies for facilitating a healthy lifestyle. Among the school’s participants were Master’s students of ITMO’s Faculty of Software Engineering and Computer Systems Zarina Gabdullazyanova, Svetlana Galoshina, Kristina Barysheva and PhD student Yulia Bezbakh. In the course of their studies, they developed operating prototypes of devices that would help people breathe, clean their teeth and do sit-ups in the right way. They spoke to ITMO.NEWS about their projects and overall experience.
How to set priorities and organize the learning process in the new digital era? By sending tasks via SMS or turning stuffy classrooms into interactive spaces? Marina Kazantseva, a business coach for personal effectiveness, and Maria Ososkova, an expert on career guidance, addressed the current issues of today's education in an interview for Megabyte Media.
Head of the .NET-Development Department at JetBrains Sergey Kux: Don’t Build a Process Just for the Sake of It
Many companies are now turning to specific technical solutions in their pursuit to streamline business processes and improve communications between teams. For the .NET-development Department of JetBrains, these consist of CI-integrated merge robot and organizational silver bullets such as EAP (Early Access Program), Feature Freeze, and others. In his recent visit to ITMO, Head of the .NET-development department of the company Sergey Kux met with the university’s students and staff and told them about effective practices for managing the development processes that are used at JetBrains.
As part of practice-oriented R&D initiative, ITMO University students were provided with financial support which enabled them to create a robot equipped with state-of-the-art systems of synthetic vision, navigation and augmented reality. What makes this automaton stand out from other models on the market is its unique blend of VR and AR technologies. The project’s authors met with ITMO.NEWS to share about what problems the team faced in their work, which aspects were the most time-consuming and hard to pull off, and how their creation can be of help at large-scale production plants.
Scrum is a project management framework that has become extremely popular in the recent years. ITMO alumna Anna Lopatukhina uses it in her work as a product manager at Yandex.Realty. Speaking with students as part of her recent visit to the university, she explained how her team uses Scrum and why one’s university years are the perfect time to develop a startup. Here’s what she shared:
For the first time, ITMO University entered the top-10 of the RAEX Universities Reputation Ranking in the field of “engineering, natural and exact sciences”, having gone up five positions and securing ninth place. The ranking is compiled based on the results of a survey; the respondents were asked to assess each university in accordance with three criteria: the quality of education, the demand for a university’s graduates among employers, and the level of research activity.
For the third time, the GoTech Innovation company assessed Russian universities in terms of the number of IT entrepreneurs they trained. The data used in the study was obtained via questionnaires. For the first time, ITMO University took first place. According to the company’s estimates, ITMO students and graduates accounted for more than 5% of all the entrepreneurs who participated in the GoTech contest last year.