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Haptics: From Skin to Perception and Beyond

Haptics. Image courtesy of Sophie Charara

Haptics. Image courtesy of Sophie Charara (click to enlarge photo)

We invite you to a special seminar on “Haptics: From Skin to Perception and Beyond” with guest speaker Dr. Alexander V. Terekhov, Paris Descartes University (Paris 5).

Where: Auditorium 303, Technopark Building 3

When: 13.08.2015 14:00

For more info and registration please email  Yulia Ponomorenko: Y.Ponomarenko@skoltech.ru

 

Abstract

Without the understanding the functioning of the visual system, advanced by Helmholz more than a century ago, we would not have had visual display and all related achievements, such as virtual reality helmets.

No similar breakthrough happened in tactile perception: our understanding of the ways it works did not change much since Aristotle. In my talk I will discuss the problem of tactile information processing at several levels: skin biomechanics, neural processing, and perception.

I will conclude with a new promising direction – sensory substitution – in which tactile modality is exploited to compensate the impairments in vision or audition.

 

Dr. Alexander Terekhov

Dr. Alexander Terekhov (click on image to enlarge)

Speaker Introduction

Alexander Terekhov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1981. He received his B.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow State University. His early work was mainly focused on biomechanics and control of human movements.

Being a postdoc at Penn State (2007-2008) he has identified the unique conditions for inverse optimization problem. This result was used to develop an algorithm for cost functions identification, which was applied to various human motor activities in healthy population as well as in patients.

In 2008 he switched to engineering and joined Movicom Ltd in Moscow to develop a system for aerial coverage of sport events which was used at Winter Olympics 2014. In 2009 he has made a sharp turn in his career by switching to the perception studies, at first to haptics, where he contributed to psychophysical and neurophysiological studies, and later to sensorimotor theory in general.

He is one of the main developers and popularizers of the formal sensorimotor theory of perception. Currently he works at the Paris Descartes University where he studies how naive agents (biological or artificial) can learn such fundamental perceptual notions as ‘space’, ‘body’, ‘object’, ‘tool’, ‘color’, etc.

Graduation Day: Watch the Video

This summer, guests from 15 countries gathered in Moscow to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime event – Skoltech’s first Commencement Ceremony.

All eyes were on a group of excited students: our first batch of graduates, who celebrated their time exploring and creating with the innovation university. Watch the highlights in the video, join the celebration and hear the students’ stories. Class of 2015: Throw your caps up in the air!

(For more details see below, or read the full story about graduation day)

Ceremony Highlights

• Six students collected “Outstanding Thesis Awards” for scientific excellence.
• Announcement of the establishment of an Alumni Association tasked with administering a student Startup Project Challenge and a million ruble award. A third of the sum was collected by the graduates.
• Commencement speeches by graduates Anna Dubovik (MSc IT), Andrii Omeliyanovich (MSc Energy), and Dmitry Smirnov (MSc Energy).
• Skoltech leadership raised four million rubles for a student grant scheme.
• Closing the ceremony, Skoltech president Edward Crawley announced the establishment of a ‘best teacher award’ in honor and memory of his father.

 

Key Figures and Facts

• Fifty two master’s students in IT, Energy, Space, and Advanced Manufacturing are expected to graduate from Skoltech by the end of 2015.
• The inaugural group of students, some of whom joined the innovation-focused university as early as 2012, hails from 15 countries.
• Thirty five percent of all graduates are women, and almost half of the graduating students were actively involved in startup projects or established their own companies during their time with Skoltech.
• A majority of students studied and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), honing their skills as researchers and entrepreneurs – and their English.

Biomed Student Launches Online Recruitment Community

Blastim.ru aims to connect bioinformatics students, job seekers, recuiters and employers in Russia and worldwide

Blastim.ru aims to connect bioinformatics students, job seekers, recruiters and employers in Russia and worldwide

A Skoltech biomed student launched an online recruitment platform for biomed professionals in Russia. The website, called Blastim, is the first of its kind in Russia and offers recruiters, employers, students and job seekers an opportunity to connect and explore mutual interests.

Vita Stepanova, a Skoltech PhD student with Prof Philip Khaitovich from the Center for Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology Center (DIBB) says that “our initial motivation was to help people answer a basic question: ‘where and how do I get a biomed degree that is applicable in the real world?’ Then we realized that bioinformatics students also need to develop their career prospects and employment opportunities. So we added a job search functionality.”

At the same time, she says, companies and headhunters on the search for specialists ”have no idea where to find them. So we also provide this solution.”

Biomed PhD student Vita Stepanova, is co-founder of blastim.ru

Biomed PhD student Vita Stepanova, is co-founder of blastim.ru. Photo: Anna Shimanskaia

Stepanova and co-founder Yuri Pekov say they would like the site to grow into a biotechnology and bioinformatics community connecting Russian and international professionals. And so, they developed a special section offering information on conferences, workshops and educational resources. Currently Blastim.ru only has a Russian version. The team promises that an English page is work-in-progress.

Professor Konstantin Severinov, a Russian born biomed professor who moved back from the US to Moscow and now heads Skoltech’s DIBB center, is enthusiastic about the project.

“Skoltech is all about students exploring and building things they normally do not get to do here in Russia”, he says. “Our recently reformed research center focuses on data-intensive biomedicine and biotechnology. We are very bioinformatics oriented, especially since this burgeoning international field is very strong in Russia. So naturally, the center will support the platform”.

Text: Ilan Goren

“Young Energy Research Engineer” Summer School Session

Mongolian Family Uses Solar Energy to Power Home

Renewable Energy can have an impact on many people’s lives. Image courtesy of United Nations Photo, Flickr

We invite students who have a bachelor degree in the field of Power and Electrical Engineering for a day of presentations and hands-on work. The event is organized and hosted by Skoltech Center for Energy Systems in collaboration with the “Young Research Engineer” scientific and practical summer school, held each year by the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. Representatives of large energy companies , partners and major employers will attend the event (e.g. RusHydro and MOESK).

Date: July, 23

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Location: MR-402 (TPOC-3)

The schedule for first part of the day consists of presentations by Skoltech research centers. After lunch participants will have an opportunity to visit a lab and, be given a practical scientific challenge to be solved in groups. Students will be using their knowledge and the state-of-the-art lab equipment.

 

Full program:

9.30-9.35: Opening word, Anna Sharova

9.35-9.50: Introductory Presentation about the Skoltech, Bram Caplan

9.50-10.15: Presentation about Student’s programs, Bram Caplan

10.15-10.35: Presentation of Center for Energy Systems, Janusz Bialek

10.35-10.55: Presentation of Center for Energy Storage, Keith Stevenson

10.55-11.10 Break

11.10-11.30 Presentation of Center for Oil and Gaz, Dmitry Tyagysov

11.30-11.50 Presentation of Center for Design, Manufacturing and Materials, Dmitry Katalevsky

11.50-12.10 Presentation of Space Center, Chistianna Taylor

12.10-12.30 Presentation of Intellectual space lab of Robotics, Dzmitry Tsetserukou

 

13.00-14.00 lunch

 

14.00-16.00 laboratory work (lab of Center for Energy Systems)

Seminar: Inspiring Frontiers of Engineering

We invite you to a seminar with Dr. Marcos Pinotti titled “Inspiring Frontiers of Engineering”.

When: July 23, 2015, 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Room 403, TROC-3

 

Biomimetic refers to human-made processes, substances, devices, or systems that imitate nature. Image courtesy of wikipedia, under Creative Commons license

Biomimetic refers to human-made processes, substances, devices, or systems that imitate nature. Image courtesy of wikipedia, under Creative Commons license

SEMINAR ABSTRACT

Innovation is successful use of knowledge to create practical and tangible solutions for the benefit of society. This talk covers basic concepts of bioengineering, biomimetics and their connection with the spectrum of human activity.

In the work conducted in my Labs and companies, the interface with biology expands frontiers of engineering in benefit of health sciences (bioengineering) and in benefit of general engineering by learning nature inspired technologies (biomimetic).

Practical examples of translating science into innovation illustrate product development cycle, patent protection, licensing, regulatory process management and new business model organization. My personal plans for the closest future include:

1) Development of the next generation of orthopedic implants obtained by additive manufacturing

2) Designing light weight and safer car structures

3) Using cognitive computing and internet of things to achieve better diagnostics via equipment connectivity and self-learning by evidences.

Besides all technological difficulties faced in those projects, the creation of usable, tangible and economically viable products depends strongly on the development of new business models and new regulatory frame. The unveiled discoveries hidden beyond the horizon drive me as professor and entrepreneur, transforming the challenging difficulties into attractive and inspiring frontiers of engineering.

 

Dr Marcos Pinotti

Dr Marcos Pinotti

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION

Marcos Pinotti is Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is the head of three research and innovation laboratories with strong connections to companies – Bioengineering Laboratory (LABBIO), Research Laboratory Applied to Neural Vision (LAPAN) and Advanced Laboratory of Law and Innovation (ALADIN).

He is one of Brazilian leading scientists, entrepreneurs and public actors committed to education, research and innovation. Marcos is the President of The Latin American Society of Biomaterials, Artificial Organs and Tissue Engineering (SLABO), Secretary of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (ABCM), Member of the Administrative Board of Belo Horizonte Technological Park (BHTEC), member of Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (Denmark) and Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterial Sciences and Engineering (IUSBSE). In 2014, he served as the co-chairman of Bioengineering of the National Academy of Engineering Brazil-US Frontiers of Engineering.

Marcos is consultant for different corporations (GE Healthcare, FIAT, EMBRACO-Whirlpool, Vale and Thyssen Krupp) and medium size enterprises in Brazil, Italy and Russia. He also mentors startups companies. As entrepreneur, he founded three companies, one in the area of energy and two devoted to medical devices.

Marcos is also involved in federal policy development in Brazil, he served for more than ten years in the Technical Advisory Committee of the Brazilian President’s Office on Assistive Technology, organizing the scientific area and defining strategies to define investments, policies and regulations.

His research is focused in the areas of biomimetics, bioengineering (for automotive industry, regenerative medicine, cardiology, gynecology, dermatology, assistive technology and neurosciences), and innovation models for companies. He is Mechanical Engineer with Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer.

Seminar: Distributed Power Generation Optimization and Advanced Process Integration

Combined cooling, heat and power or co-generation at a power plant. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under creative commons license

Combined cooling, heat and power (or co-generation) at a power plant. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under creative commons license

We invite you to a seminar with Dr. Aldo Bischi on Distributed Power Generation Optimization and Advanced Process Integration.

When: July 21, 2015, 13.30 – 15.00   

Where: Room 402, TPOC-3

 

Seminar Abstract

 The talk will focus on the speaker main research streams: distributed power generation optimization and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

CO2 sequestration and utilization is a valuable bridging technology towards a sustainable future energy mix. At first, one of the most promising CCS technologies will be presented: Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC). Later, possible integrations with renewable energies will be shown, e.g. biomass (Bio-CCS) and power-to-gas methanation.

Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP) generation is an effective way to reduce primary energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Such systems make rational use of primary energy generating simultaneously heat, electric/mechanical power and refrigeration effect.

Several types of prime movers are suitable for cogenerative applications, ranging from microturbines to gas-steam turbine combined cycles. They can have more than one independent operative variable, highly nonlinear performance curves, limitations or penalizations affecting their start-up/shut-down operations. The CCHP units also depend on ambient temperature and may be integrated with heat pumps, renewable energy sources as well as energy storage. In addition national and European Union incentive policies come into play.

Due to the large number of decision variables and the necessity of determining trade-off solutions, the design and the operation planning require the development of specific optimization models discussed in the talk.

 

Dr. Aldo Bischi

Dr. Aldo Bischi

Speaker Introduction

 Dr. Aldo Bischi received his Ph.D. in “Energy and Process Engineering” from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology-NTNU (Norway) with a dissertation on Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) reactor system design. An Innovative design for a 150kWth test-rig was proposed, consisting of two pneumatically controlled interconnected circulating fluidized beds.

The design was finalized by the construction and commissioning of a full scale cold flow model. Since 2012 Dr. Bischi holds a post-doctoral position in the “Group of Energy COnversion Systems” – GECOS at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), being awarded of a “Polimi International Fellowships”. He is currently working on distributed power generation: Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP) systems, dealing with all CCHP aspects from technical to economic point of view.

Main objective is the development of mathematical models for the scheduling and design optimization of CCHP systems. In parallel he has been involved in several research projects and consultancies with industrial partners.

Since academic year 2013/2014, he is responsible, as Adjunct Professor, for the course of “Energy and Environmental Systems” at the Politecnico di Milano master program in Management Engineering. Moreover he has been involved, as lecturer and CCHP expert, in several executive courses.

Prof Golkar and Pres Crawley win Best Paper Award

Skoltech Space Center Prof. Alessandro Golkar

Skoltech Space Center Prof. Alessandro Golkar

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has selected a paper by Prof Alessandro Golkar and President Edward Crawley to receive the Systems Engineering journal’s 2014 Best Paper of the Year Award.

The paper, A Framework for Space Systems Architecture under Stakeholder Objectives Ambiguity proposes to integrate methods from systems engineering, computational systems architecting, multidisciplinary systems design and optimization, uncertainty modeling, utility theory, and social science research. It allows decision makers to visualize an architectural synthesis of aerospace systems, understanding negative impacts of ambiguity, and supporting negotiations among stakeholders for efficient compromise in systems architecting.

The award was announced at the INCOSE International Symposium IS 2015 in Seattle, coinciding with the event’s 25th Anniversary Edition.

Golkar, who heads Skoltech’s Strategic Innovation Research Group (SIRG) and only recently clinched the prestigious Luigi G. Napolitano Award  thanked the journal’s editorial board. “I am delighted by this award and the recognition from INCOSE”, said the Italian born Skoltech researcher whose team of researchers focuses in systems design for Space, Energy, and other applications, and concepts such as ‘space as a service’ and Federated Satellite Systems. “The Council serves a very important role in making an impact on the world with systems engineering practice. Together with my students, we are now working on developing systems engineering competency here at Skoltech. We hope to contribute more to INCOSE publications in the future.”

Interestingly, the paper, which uses a robotic Mars expedition as a demonstration, won the prize on the same day the New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto on the outer edge of the solar system.

Text: Ilan Goren Photo: Alexey Kalabin

OMICS Intensive Module

DNA analysis. Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab, Flickr

DNA analysis. Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab, Flickr

Genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics. These are some of the rising stars of biology studies, which are informally referred to as OMICS.

This summer Skoltech offers students and researchers a unique opportunity to get acquainted with and gain hands-on experience in cutting edge “OMICS Data Analysis and Medical Applications”.

The university’s Center for Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CDIB) organizes in collaboration with Rusnano an intensive one-week educational module (July 20-26), jam-packed with presentations by some of the world’s leading scientists in the field. The program was developed in collaboration with top research institutes, including Institut Curie (France), University of Oxford (UK), Harvard Medical School (USA), and the Max Planck Institute for Computational Biology (Shanghai, China).

The program will provide an introduction to OMICS to the 20 competitively selected participants – Skoltech Ph.D. students, researchers from labs across Russia and employees of big companies. Instructors will review novel research methods, present practical applications in clinical diagnostics, therapy, pharmacy, and experimental biomedicine, and help attendees gain critical hands-on skills in computational biomedicine.

Program

Monday, July 20th

09:00               Registration

10:00               Introduction to the course

Tatiana Nikolenko, Andrey Zinovyev, Alexander Kanapin

11:00               Lecture: Omics data in precision oncology: past, present, and future

Emmanuel Barillot

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Types of omics data and current omics technology overview

Alexander Kanapin

16:00               Omics data in virology

Manja Marz

18:00               Discussion

19:30               Welcome Party

Tuesday, July 21st

09:00               Lecture: Modern methods for visualization and exploratory analysis of omics data

Andrei Zinovyev

11:00               Lecture: High-throughput sequencing of the genome, epigenome and transcriptome for studying cancer

Valentina Boeva

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Single cell omics data analysis and projects

Peter Kharchenko

16:00               Lecture: Modern computational infrastructure for omics data analysis

Lennart C. Karssen

18:00               Break

19:00               Practical session: High-throughput sequencing computational tools

Valentina Boeva + assistants

20:30               Dinner

Wednesday, July 22nd

09:00               Lecture: Machine learning for precision medicine and analysis of omics data (Part 1)

Felix Agakov

11:00               Lecture: Mobile genetic elements: postgenomic view

Alexander Kanapin

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Cancer genome and approaches for understanding it

Tatiana Popova

16:00               Lecture: European genomics programs: objectives and challenges

Alexander Kanapin

18:00               Break

19:00               Practical session: Analyzing cancer genome

Tatiana Popova + assistants

20:30               Dinner

Thursday, July 23rd

09:00               Lecture: Machine learning for precision medicine and analysis of omics data (Part 2)

Felix Agakov

11:00               Lecture: Gut metagenomics and its application in medicine

Dmitry Ravcheev

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Genomic instability and cancer prognosis, treatment and predisposition

Tatiana Popova

16:00               Lecture: Constructing, maintaining and using databases of molecular networks in medical applications

Maria Kondratova

18:00               Break

19:00               Practical session: Tools for dimension reduction and data visualization

Andrei Zinovyev + assistants

20:30               Dinner

Friday, July 24th

09:00               Lecture: How to decipher the biological and medical impact of somatic events in cancer?

Ekaterina Kotelnikova

11:00               Lecture: Mathematical modeling of biological processes using omics data

Andrei Zinovyev

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Perspectives of precision medicine in Russia and worldwide

Evgeny Imyanitov

16:00               Lecture: Omics data for studying brain in health and disease

Philipp Khaitovich

18:00               Break

19:00               Practical session: Use of network-based methods for analysis of omics data

Maria Kondratova+assitants

20:30               Dinner

Saturday, July 25th

09:00               Lecture: The regulatory sequence level of protein-nucleic acids interaction: what we can and can’t do with sequence motif analysis of high-throughput omics data

Ivan Kulakovsky

11:00               Lecture: Discovery and analysis of eukaryotic enhancers using alternative genomic approaches

Dmitri Papatsenko

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Lecture: Algorithms of biological network analysis together with omics data

Mikhail Pyatnitskiy

16:00               Group discussion with lecturers: Q&A

18:00               Break

19:00               Remote lecture: Omics data for studying aging

Vadim Gladyshev

20:30               Dinner

Sunday, July 26th

09:00               Lecture: Evolutionary studies of human brain

Philipp Khaitovich

11:00               Lecture: Sniderome and similar projects and the future of personalized omics medicine

Andrei Zinovyev

13:00               Lunch

14:00               Summary and final discussion

18:00               Departure

 

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