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First in Russia: ITMO Launches New PhD Program in AI

The new list of fields for PhD and DSc degrees now includes topical fields – among them are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. ITMO University has launched the first and so far the only PhD program in Russia in the field of AI. Applications for the program for the next academic year open this summer. ITMO.NEWS talked to Alexander Boukhanovsky, head of the National Center for Cognitive Research, and Maria Skvortsova, head of the Department of Higher Qualification Expert Training, about the contents of the program, features of the offered training, and aspects of the application process.

Scientists Make Quantum Germanium “Islands” Glow With Hundredfold Intensity

A team of Russian scientists including researchers from ITMO University, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, the Institute for Physics of Microstructures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Lomonosov Moscow State University succeeded in enhancing the luminance of quantum dots on a silicon substrate. The methods used by the scientists can help create next generation microchips that will receive and transfer information from a computer to a fiber-optic network a lot faster. The article was published in Laser & Photonics Review.

First-Ever “Quantum Call” Between Moscow and St. Petersburg Conducted

Today, on June 8, 2021, the first videoconferencing call has been made using the quantum-encrypted communication line between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Oleg Belozyorov, general director and chair of the board of Russian Railways, and Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg, took part in the event. ITMO University has been one of Russian Railways’ partners in the implementation of the network.

Plant Vision: Art & Science Students Study Sensing in Plants

First year Master’s students of ITMO’s Art & Science program have conducted a series of studies on photoreception in higher plants. The research was based on the hypothesis that plants have simple eyes, ocelli – thanks to which plants might be able to perceive their surroundings.

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