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    Neurocomputers, Nano-Orbiters and Xtallography: Foreign Students at MIPT Summer Internship 2014

    08/28/2014

    Neurocomputers, Nano-Orbiters and Xtallography: Foreign Students at MIPT Summer Internship 2014

    This summer more than 30 students from 13 countries have come to MIPT for training in the scope of Summer Internship 2014. They have conducted research at our laboratories and research centers. 

    Guests from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performed design work for the installation of a greenhouse gas meter developed at MIPT, a Chinese team became familiar with USPEX at Prof. Artem Oganov’s Crystallography lab and Prof. Alexander Galushkin, the head of the Neurotechnology lab at MIPT, took on seven students from Vietnam, Bulgaria and Poland.

    The interns shared their impressions with MIPT’s press service.

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    Gustavo Rios and Mike Kalomeni with Prof. Alexander Rodin

    "I lived in La Paz before I turned 18," told Gustavo Rios. "In high school, while on summer vacation, I traveled to the USA and visited the John F. Kennedy Space Center. It was such an awesome and impressive experience for me, seeing those rockets and satellites with my own eyes, that I realized learning about space is what I wanted to do. Then, when I finished school I applied for a scholarship to the Simón I. Patiño Foundation. I explained to them my desire to study aerospace engineering in order to take part in the Bolivian space program and so I came to Ecole Polytechnique. Mike Kalomeni (another student from École Polytechnique) and I met in our first year. We have been working on microsatellites and this summer our research supervisor, who knows Prof. Rodin of MIPT, suggested that we do an internship here at Phystech, because his recently invented greenhouse gas meter could be mounted on one of our satellites and that seemed very interesting to us." 

    Prof. Alexander Rodin said that he was satisfied with the outcome of our joint work. "The greenhouse gas meter, developed at MIPT, has been successfully combined with a nano-satellite, constructed with the help of our interns from École Polytechnique."


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    MIPT students and foreign interns who performed training at Prof. Oganov Crystallography lab.

    Nine young scientists from China have recently begun doing an internship at MIPT Crystallography lab. During their training at MIPT, the students will become familiar with USPEX, an original method of computational materials design created by Prof. Artem Oganov.

    "We deal with the problems of alternative energy sources, photovoltaics and thermoelectricity," said Chen Pengcheng. "The search for new compounds in these fields would take too long and would be very difficult if we didn’t use computer simulation and only did experiments."

    “I am proud of the fact that our laboratory has attracted a record number of students for this Summer Internship 2014,” said Prof. Artem Oganov. “And I look forward to developing cooperation with universities all over the world, and especially with Tsinghua University, in order to introduce my methodology to a maximum number of young scientists.”


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    The Head of Neurotechnology lab Prof. Alexander Galushkin and international interns

    "3D modeling is not just the creation of an object in a virtual environment; it’s a much broader and more interesting area,"said Anna Lorent, Czestochowa University of Technology. "Through my research project, I create 3D images based on two-dimensional scans obtained through X-ray computed tomography (CT). There is, however, a problem in doing this: the more accurate the image we want to get, the greater the dose of X-ray radiation the patient is exposed to. With low levels of radiation, images look smudgy. The main objective of my research project is to create accurate 3D models of human organs from fuzzy two-dimensional scans. Our university has a long history of cooperation with MIPT’s Department of Cybernetics, and I hope the results of our joint work will soon be used in new X-ray scanners."

    "Technical University of Sofia and Professor Galushkin’s laboratory are researching memristors, a special class of electronic devices that have memory," said Stoyan Mihailov Kirilov from Bulgaria. "Their functionality was described in the early 1970s, but it was only recently, in 2008, that we were able to make a nano-scale memristors of 50 by 50 nm. In fact, we’re on the threshold of creating a neurocomputer, comparable to the size of the human brain, and the awareness of this inspires us to continue our research."

    The head of the laboratory Prof. Alexander Galushkin emphasized that all interns had in depth knowledge and were highly motivated for training. “I am pleased to present the achievements of our Institute to those who are really interested in cutting edge cybertechnology”, he added.

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