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The 2019 World Robot Olympiad, an international robotics competition for talented school and university students from over 70 countries, has just come to a close in the city of Győr, Hungary. Led by coach Igor Lositsky, ITMO University whizzes took second place, surpassing more than 30 teams in the Senior High age category. They presented their project LEGO Education Helper, a smart table that cleans itself.
At the end of September, the FabLab of ITMO University’s Technopark opened its doors to everyone wanting to dip their toes into the world of robotics, learn to work with microcontrollers, and find out how they could code their first smart device. ITMO.NEWS attended the event, dubbed Maker’s Day, to find out how to build your first robot.
In the course of two years, the GoRobo company has worked its way from a small hobby club to a network of robotics clubs for children, which brings together some 250 kids interested in programming and engineering. A resident of ITMO University’s business accelerator, the company is currently about to open its sixth venue. ITMO.NEWS talked to GoRobo’s head Eldar Ihlasov to find out how he decided to center his business around children’s hobby clubs, what challenges he faced, and why he didn’t give up.
ITMO Fellow Fabio Bonsignorio and Professor Alexander Kapitonov: Research Reproducibility Will Generate a Sea Change in Our Economy
Fabio Bonsignorio is one of the most prominent researchers in the field of biorobotics and technologies of the future. He is also a participant of the ITMO Fellowship program. Together with Alexander Kapitonov, associate professor at the Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics, the scientist works on a range of projects on research reproducibility and openness, using blockchain technologies for communication between automated systems, and other fields. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the two researchers to find out how blockchain and robots can change the industry, what is research reproducibility and why it is important.
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.
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.
SNAC-2019: Summer School on Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Brings Together Young Scientists From Around the World
The Saint Petersburg Summer School on Nonlinear and Adaptive Control (SNAC-2019) has just come to a close at ITMO University. Over the course of three days, the world's leading experts in the field delivered lectures on scientific fundamentals and the latest trends. Nearly 90 young scientists from nine countries, including Germany, Italy, France, the UK, and others attended the event. Speakers and participants of SNAC-2019 spoke to ITMO.NEWS about the benefits of summer schools and the reasons why the knowledge of control theory is now a desired asset for many professionals.
Held by the Ilmenau University of Technology, Mile of Technology is an eminent robotics competition setting the stage for a technology-themed festival attended by over 15,000 visitors each year. This year’s competition took place in early May, with ITMO University’s robotics team, who received a special invitation to participate, placing third in the Drone Race track. ITMO.NEWS spoke to them about their experience.
On April 28, the Russian city of Tomsk hosted RoboCup Open Russia, the national round of the RoboCup 2019 international robotics competition. The event brought together 120 teams and 500 participants of different ages, from school children and to university students and graduates, including the members of the Youth Robotics Laboratory of ITMO University’s School of Computer Technologies and Control, who presented their new robot ELSA and took the second prize in the competition’s most creative category, RoboCup OnStage.
The volume of the global robotics and drone market grows with each year, and, according to IDC forecasts, will amount to 210+ billion USD by 2022. Vitaly Nedelskiy, the founder of Semantic Hub and the Russian Association of Robotics, has spoken about the technology market during an open lecture at ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations. We spoke with Mr. Nedelskiy to learn what it takes to launch a project in this field, which topics to pay attention to, and why there’s no reason to be afraid of robots taking our jobs.