Архив метки: Sergey Ulyakhin

From Facial Recognition to DNA Editor, Researchers File New Patents

Face recognition and gaze correction are growing fields in IT. Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Face Finder, Flickr

Prof. Lempitsky’s patent refers to face recognition and gaze correction are growing fields in IT. Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Face Finder, Flickr

Researchers at Skoltech filed three new patent applications in Russia and internationally through the university’s Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO). The technologies and methods developed relate to fields as diverse as computer vision, DNA editing and calibration systems. The applications reflect the university’s multidisciplinary and cross-cutting nature and its core mission: produce innovative science that impacts society and the economy.

Text: Ilan Goren

The first application relates to a gaze correction method and machine learning. It was filed in March as a national Russian patent application by Prof Victor Lempitsky, who heads the institute’s computer vision group, and Daniil Kononenko, a PhD student.

Their method addresses the well-known “gaze” problem in videoconferencing. The problem results from the disparity between  a user’s own web camera and the on-screen image of the other person. When you are video-chatting with somebody, you might choose to look straight into the webcam to make an impression of looking into the other person’s eyes, but then you would  miss everything that is happening on screen. On the other hand, you can watch the screen, but then the other side experiences the deeply unnatural feeling of talking to a person who is looking elsewhere.

To address the problem, Lempitsky and Kononenko developed a method that edits webcam images in real-time, ‘redirecting’ the gaze and reestablishing eye-to-eye contact. The method is applicable to previously unseen people and can run on a standard laptop with a standard web camera.

Lempitsky explains that “many people perceive the inability to look ‘eye-to-eye’ during video conferences as a big drawback. For those users, this patent application and subsequent commercialization will make videoconferencing more similar to real offline conversation.”

CRISPR, also known as the DNA editor, attracts the attention of many researchers, including Skoltech's Konstantin Severinov. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under Creative COmmons license

CRISPR, also known as the DNA editor, attracts the attention of many researchers, including Skoltech’s Konstantin Severinov. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under Creative COmmons license

More recently, Prof Konstantin Severinov of Skoltech’s Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology research center and biomed student Sergey Shmakov filed, jointly with MIT professor Feng Zhang, a patent application for a Class 2 CRISPR-Cas system. This work on the so called DNA editor, dubbed ‘the biggest biotech discovery of the century’ by publications such as Quanta Magazine and MIT Technology Review, is a collaboration between Skoltech, MIT, and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Severinov explains that “the CRISPR-Cas9 technology is revolutionizing life sciences and has created a field of genomic editing and engineering. Sergey Shmakov, a graduate student jointly supervised by Eugene Koonin at NIH and myself, has predicted several completely new CRISPR-Cas systems whose biotechnological potential is currently being evaluated in the Zhang lab. Stay tuned for exciting results in the near future!”

Thirdly, a team led by Dmitry Kirsanov (ITMO) and supported by Skoltech’s Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted an international patent application (under PCT) for a calibration system and method. The project involved the development of a multi-sensor device and software for instrumental toxicity assessment in environmental monitoring.

Patent applications are crucial building blocks in Skoltech’s effort to “develop its IP portfolio, attract research sponsorships and become one of the most impactful universities in the world”, says the KTO’s manager Sergey Ulyakhin. “The ultimate goal is to bring more benefit for the general public through licensing the technologies to companies, either startups or industry leaders, for commercialization.”

A group led by Dmitry Kirsanov (left) and supported by the Skoltech Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted a PCT patent application titled Calibration system and method.

A group led by Dmitry Kirsanov (left) and supported by the Skoltech Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted a PCT patent application titled Calibration system and method.

 

 

 

Colloquium: Innovation at Skoltech

Innovation at Skoltech colloquium 12 March 2015We are pleased to invite you to the Skoltech Colloquium. This week two of the Institute’s experts discuss “Innovation at Skoltech”.

When: March 12, 4 pm

Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Speaker: Dmitry Pebalk, CEI Program manager, Skoltech

Dmitry Pebalk has experience both in basic research with a Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from Moscow State University and also in R&D management with MBA from the Academy of National Economy under the President of Russian Federation (Moscow). During his career he was involved in laboratory management, technology consulting and development of corporate R&D center. Since 2013 Dmitry joined Skoltech to manage Innovation Support Program as a core part of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). He is also a board member of non-profit association for support of chemical and ecological education (http://www.chemeco.ru/).

What: On a way to innovation factory: Skoltech innovation program as a tool to make impact with your ideas

Abstract: This talk aims to explain the institute community the benefits of participation and organization of Skoltech innovation program. Starting with the general consideration of innovations systematic approach towards building of innovation factory at university is presented. Special emphasis is put on the original methodology of MIT Deshpande center and the way how it was adopted at Skoltech. Several examples are considered to explain the contents of the program and advantages of its participants. Plans for 2015/16 program cycle and key deadlines are discussed.

 

Speaker: Sergey Ulyakhin, Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager, Skoltech

Sergey Ulyakhin is working at Skoltech as a Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager since 2013. He has experience in both R&D and business. He obtained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in polymer and solid-state physics from the Physics Department of the Moscow State University in 2003 and 2006, respectively. From 2006 till 2011 he worked in the Moscow Technology Center of LG Electronics in various technology consulting, technology development and R&D management positions. Since 2011 till 2013 Sergey held a position of a Project Director – Head of advanced technologies department at ELTON, JSC where Sergey with his team has successfully fulfilled a technology development and commercialization project in the area of energy storage devices. In August 2013 Sergey joined Skoltech as a Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager.

What: Knowledge to impact: effective management of Skoltech’s intellectual assets

 Abstract: Skoltech is a new type of university which is based on 3 pillars: research, education and innovation. The fact that differs Skoltech from many other Russian and foreign universities is that “innovation” pillar is the most important and essential one. According to Skoltech president’s message, Skoltech is aiming at becoming one of the most impactful universities in the world. In order to achieve this ambitious goal Skoltech is designing and implementing its knowledge management processes in a way as to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship for the effective creation and exploitation of its intellectual assets for the benefit of the general public. Protection and licensing of intellectual property is the essential part of this activity. This talk will explain how the Knowledge Transfer Office helps and supports researchers with promotion and commercialization of their inventions being created at Skoltech and/or with support of Skoltech.

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

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