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Hi, Tech: “Tech odyssey: CubeSats in space and smart sensors on Earth”

While in space dozens of startups struggle with industry giants for leadership in spacecraft design, engineers on Earth compete in finding unusual applications for smart technologies.

In what way do CubeSats transform the space industry, and how do smart sensors change biomedicine, agriculture, and even eSports? How did the miniaturization of electronics lead to the creation of over 20 data communication start-ups? How are IoT-based solutions evolving and what are the current industry trends?

Join the lecture to get firsthand information from Skoltech professors. Anton Ivanov will explain how tiny CubeSats have sidelined large and expensive spacecraft and revolutionized Earth remote sensing. Andrey Somov will talk about smart farms that use drones, sensors that read an e-athlete’s psycho-emotional state, and other solutions based on sensors and ML methods.

And, most importantly, we will present Skoltech’s MSc and PhD programs, admission and selection procedures, learning process, and opportunities for recent graduates.

Join the lecture to find out:

  • what CubeSats are scouting the universe for and why their number has been steadily growing over the last decade,
  • what AI is used for on board satellites,
  • what are swarms and how are they used to explore the solar system,
  • what technologies are used by drones to detect weeds, predict plant growth and optimize costs and logistics in agriculture,
  • what educational programs teach all this at Skoltech and how to enroll in a tuition-free program.

About the speakers

Anton Ivanov, an associate professor at the Skoltech Center for Digital Engineering and an MEPhI graduate, received his Ph.D. degree in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2000. At the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), he was involved in the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express and Mars Science Laboratory projects. Anton did research at the Swiss Space Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) where he participated in the CubETH and Astrocast projects and led the study phase of the CHEOPS satellite project. At Skoltech, he is involved in the strategic development of next-generation space systems.

Andrey Somov, assistant professor at the Skoltech Center for Digital Engineering, earned his Ph.D. degree in Energy Harvesting for Sensor Networks from the University of Trento in 2009. He worked at the CREATE-NET research center and the University of Trento in Italy, the Berkeley Institute in the United States and the University of Exeter in the UK. Andrey won the Google IoT Technology Research Award in 2016 and the Best Paper Award at IEEE IoP for his e-sports research in 2019.

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