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Known Robot-Builders Offer Student Internships

Imagine a situation when it is a robot doctor, who helps in a hospital or public place with assistance and navigation – greeting visitors, providing first health diagnostics, reducing coronavirus’ spread and other safety risks. Fantasy? Well, a reality, already. Besides doctor’s task, having offered such a service, the team needs to perform programming, address different audiences and language groups, as well as stay keen in hi-tech. May you take part in that? Find out more for yourself!

The Department of Linguistics and Translation, PSU, in cooperation with the Promobot are inviting students for a multilingual project to adapt robot interaction scenarios for foreigners. For students of Perm State University, this will be an officially approved internship. Invited are students with a passion for new technologies and language analysis, open- and nimble-minded.  The activity will be run in four language directions – English, German, French and Spanish. This is a long-term project, starting in December, 2021 and continuing throughout the winter and spring, 2022.

Founded in 2013 by Perm-based graduate students, the Promobot today claims to be the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Russia and Europe – conducting research and production in mechatronics, electronics, artificial intelligence and neural networks, autonomous navigation, speech recognition, artificial skin and muscles, as well as human-machine interaction.

The company offers several products in a shape of a robot – an info desk manager, a promoter, a receptionist, a tour guide, an administrator, a scanner, and many more – providing connection to external systems and services. The geography of Promobot has recently expanded to 40 countries, including Armenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Oman, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, USA and UK.

The Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature at PSU traditionally acts as a link between young translators/interpreters and city enterprises, government institutions, social and cultural initiatives looking for international cooperation. “Not does internship in translation help students to master their profession, but also connects them with a variety of experts, allowing them to sharpen skills and see prospects for future research,” emphasizes Natalya Khorosheva, Head of the Department of Linguistics and Translation, PSU. “In turn, we feel our students are in demand at the city’s venues, contributing to international cultural agenda.”

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PSU and Leading Regional IT-Companies to Hire Interns, Using Draft Model

Internships is a great way to gain new experience, test knowledge and see prospects for your future profession. If you are capable of convincing practice-based experts in your worthy contribution to particular tasks, chances are great you will be hired. In autumn 2021, PSU students will be given chance to enflesh  their ambitions at the best local-based IT-companies, national and international ones, developing digital solutions.

First 30 registered students will enjoy the opportunity to sneak into an IT-draft pool, meeting a variety of IT-oriented enterprises – the PARMA Technologies Group, the Simpl-Group, the SEUSLAB (СЕУСЛАБ), the RIO Soft (РИО Софт), the Smart Analytics, the Bright Soft (Брайт Софт), the Trivium (Тривиум), the FORSIGHT (ФОРСАЙТ) and the Bureau of Information Technologies (Бюро информационных технологий).  

Students can put those whom they want to cooperate with in their priority lists. Candidates should fill out a questionnaire and prepare an oral self-presentation about themselves – so that IT companies’ representatives could choose the most suitable ones for further practical tasks. In return, the chosen candidates will learn from top teams of digital solutions’ developers. Students of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Physics, Economics, as well as PSU College are welcomed to participate.

“The representatives of several companies at once will meet with a group of interested students. The practicing IT-professionals will tell about the tasks that trainees will have to solve,” says Dmitry Vershinin, Head of the Office for Internships, Department for Students’ Training, PSU. “In return, the students will introduce themselves, according to their study modules and faculties. Then the proposals for cooperation will follow – complying with the ‘draft’ concept in sports.”

A draft is known as a process to allocate certain players to teams. In a draft, teams take turns selecting from a pool of eligible players. When a team selects a player, the team receives exclusive rights to sign that player to a contract, and no other team in the league may sign the player. The process is similar to round-robin item allocation. “Having chosen a draft model, we very much hope that students will further find themselves in those leading teams engaged in digital solutions,” says Dmitry Vershinin.

The first Perm-based IT Draft in will take place on 25 November (Thursday), 4 pm (local time) at the AMAKS Premier Hotel (43 Monastyrskaya St., ground floor).

Stanford Scholar opens PSU International Forum, Raises Discussion

How does our brain look, when making social-based, moral decisions? Can we speak of morality if we mention animals, let’s say, rats? May we introduce the holy commandments into such tests, and why?

Today, the International Forum “Science and Global Challenges of the 21st Century” started at Perm State University, uniting PSU scholars with those national and international ones, aiming to incorporate cross-discipline research, smart technologies and innovations into pragmatic, problem-applied decisions.

At the start of the Forum, the opening report “Manipulation of Brain States” by Dr. Luis de Lecea, Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, USA) was presented to on- and offline audience.

Concentrating on a problem of brain cells manipulation within the optogenetics’ approach, Dr. Luis de Lecea drew on the example of a rat leaving a ‘safe’ dark chamber into ‘unsafe’ light. Along the use of a neuron signal, the rat learned to ‘calm down’ its neighbor locked in a shadow zone, causing less stress for both and heading to a more balanced co-existence, establishing ‘moral’ principles of behavior. 

The test raised discussion among the audience. First, a definition of morals and its division from a mere instinct was requested. Then, the question of a goal/hypothesis of such experiment was asked. Finally, Dr. Oleg Pensky, Professor of the IT Department, PSU proposed assimilation of commandments, shared by believers and regarded as true morals, to be introduced into the experiment.      

Technically, optogenetics is known as a biological tool that involves light to control neurons that have been genetically modified to express light-sensitive ion channels in living tissue and, remarkably, within freely-moving animals. The appearance of additional philosophical notions, such as understanding, compassion, or morals brings a new dimension into a strictly ‘natural’ academic approach.   

Optogenetics had been previously announced by academic research journals as a breakthrough in science. On the clinical side, optogenetics-driven research led to insights into Parkinson’s disease and other neurological and psychiatric disorders, including autism, Schizophrenia, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression, and more – like experimental treatment for blindness.

Meet PSU Scholars Through Springer Publications!

Interested in international science and research? Ever thought of studying in Russia, or collaborating with Russian colleagues? Looking for relevant phenomena to explore, or make money from?  

Students, scholars, teaching fellows are getting ready for the start of the international forum “The Science and Global Challenges in the 21st Century“, taking place on 18 October23 November at Perm State University (Perm, Russia). 

The Forum is an international event aiming to comprehend the tasks and problems faced by science and education, as well as the society in general – within the context of globalization, proposing solutions, targets and opportunities, regarding possible challenges and risk management. The Forum scholars aim to form end-to-end innovation chains, enabling fundamental and applied research, technology development, practical applications and widespread use of IT.

For the Forum, an impressive set of 99 reports have been published under the Springer series “Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies”. The Forum proceedings, with a full translation into English, cover all the disciplines studied at 12 PSU Faculties, and beyond.

The “Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies” book series publish research on such topics as knowledge, intelligence, innovation and sustainability – solving global problems in industry, ecology and society. The publication addresses the challenge of modern science and humanities, technology and business – revealing common challenges, looking for intelligent tools of their resolution.

Study IT at PSU, for Free!

Which international languages do you know? English, French, Spanish? No, we mean, truly international which make us equally share it?

PSU is opening admissions to IT Networking University in nine programs, including web development, basics in programming, and 3D modeling. In other words, you will learn a language that is in demand all over the world and, moreover, allows to make money. The faculties of Geography, Geology, Mechanics and Mathematics, and Physics, PSU, are launching free courses at the IT Network University.

How do I develop an Android app? What are the ways to create a 3D model of an object in Blender? How much time will it take to learn Python and automate working processes in QGIS? Perm State University is going to help students from other study fields to learn this, and much more. Technical background is not necessary, since the programs are divided into 3 levels: Junior, Middle and Senior.

“This year, we are planning to renew several popular modules, such as the “Basics of Frontend”, “Programming in Python”, “Basics of 3D Modeling in Blender”, as well as launch a new course on developing apps for mobile devices,”

comments Konstantin Gavrilov, Dean of the Faculty of Physics, PSU.

To learn more about the content of the programs and register, please, follow the link.

Although many course terms are in English, some basic Russian will also be required. The IT Network University is an implementation of the local Perm project “Human Resources for Digital Economy”, as a part of the national program “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation” with the support of the Ministry of Information Development and Communications, and the Ministry of Education and Science of Perm krai.

Study at Asia e University! (Applications due to 9 April)

The Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation informs that the Secretariat of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) is recruiting candidates for participation in the online scholarship program by Asia e University.

Bachelors and masters of Business Administration, Management and Information and Communication Technologies are invited to participate. The scholarship fully covers the costs of training, the remaining costs are borne by the candidate himself.

To participate in the Program, the candidate must provide the following documents:

  1. Completed application form (sample in the link below the post);
  2. A certified copy of the passport;
  3. A certified copy of a diploma or an excerpt from a grade book;
  4. Certificate of student status;
  5. Financial documents;
  6. Two photographs.

Documents must be sent by e-mail to Kristina G.Dovmalyan: dovmalyankg@minobrnauki.gov.ru. Please, see the document attached (PDF) for the full info. Documents are accepted until 8 April 2021.

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