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Leading Russian Universities Presented Their Inventions at VUZPROMEXPO

December 4, 2015

Just as a year ago, Project universities have gathered to present their latest inventions and innovations at the annual National Expo Forum VUZPROMEXPO. The event was being held in the “Moskva” Technopolis on 2-4 December this year. The forum attracted developers, manufacturers and consumers.

Dmitry Livanov (Minister of Education and Science of Russia), Peter Helg (Ambassador of Switzerland to Russia) and Igor Ischenko (General Director of “Moskva” Technopolis) addressed the visitors of the expo at the opening ceremony.

Livanov said that “this is one of the most important events in our country for science, technology and innovations. It is essential to us that a modern university should not only be a temple of education and fundamental research, but a center for the development of new ideas in these areas.” The Minister noted that national universities are becoming more and more active in seeking partnerships with the industry and engaging the business sector in joint projects for the development of cutting edge technologies.

Exhibitors at VUZPROMEXPO included industrial enterprises, research organizations, engineering centers, technology platforms, state corporations and territorial innovation clusters. This year, Russian scientists and research institutes had been invited to demonstrate the achievements of Russian academic science.  Representatives of Project 5-100 universities, who shared one large expo pavilion, had been talking to the visitors about the most important scientific results and new technologies developed in their universities. Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia) visited the expo on opening day, took a close look at the inventions displayed on the universities’ stands and spoke with their authors.

The delegates from the Siberian Federal University displayed unprecedented technology designed to search for subsoil minerals, which extracts information from the natural electromagnetic and seismic noise. Their new method has already been patented and tested at a mineral deposit in Hakassia.

Samara Aerospace University (SSAU) is hoping to impress industry professionals with their new microprocessor avionics control system “MASKA”. This system is used to run diagnostic checks within the cable networks of airplanes and helicopters. Visitors to VUZPROMEXPO had the opportunity to see models of the small space aircraft “Aist” and “Aist-2” which were designed by young scientists from Samara Aerospace University in cooperation with specialists from the rocket and space center “Progress”. These scientists also displayed the model of the“Soyuz-2” space launch vehicle, which was launched by SSAU students at the C’Space international forum in France.

Novosibirsk State University was showing its latest inventions in the field of laser technology and space information technologies. Technoscan Group – NSU’s innovation start-up – develops, studies and supplies cutting-edge laser systems, lasers and laser components. NSU’s external environment control devices are used on all spacecraft of the GLONASS-M series and on the global space navigation system GLONASS.

Visitors to the stand of Tyumen State University were introduced to the device for the thermotensographic method of information registration, which is not only capable of registering and recording information, but can also print microscopic images on solid surfaces. Another know-how developed at Tyumen State –a teaching device for interactive learning of the Braille method called “Seeall” -- was demonstrated to expo visitors by the author of the invention –Aydar Fakhrutdinov - a young engineer from the International Center for Inclusive Education.

South Ural State University was displaying the most interesting inventions of its research labs and education centers. Some of their inventions included a full-sized model of a shield for a “Lastochka” electric train, models of a glide scope beacon and a course beacon, a capacity distribution system for cargo vehicles’ gearboxes, a model of a new tram car, a tour-guide robot, and a simulator-hang glider.

ITMO University exhibited its inventions on four stands – one of those representing the Ministry of Science and Education and Project 5-100, in engineering zones and in the space allocated for scientific art objects. Among other things, ITMO demonstrated the following inventions: a hydro gel for soil fertility improvement in drought-like conditions, optic clones of artifacts from the Faberge museum – new generation digital holograms based on the latest photo-optic technologies, the KT40D system – a device used to establish a broadband wireless channel and to transfer data via GSM/UMTS/LTE, satellite and ground communication systems, a stress meter – a multi-functional personal gadget to be used as a fitness tracker and cardio monitor, a Video360 Production – an innovative camera and interactive video recording technology where the viewer can record everything unfolding around the event, including the cameraman.

Representatives of the Russian People’s Friendship University talked about the innovative medications developed in RPFU, the work of the Experimental Lab for remote probing and monitoring land resources, the new system for adaptation and preparation of cloned plants for open soil planting., and they will also explain telemetric monitoring – a promising diagnostic method used to identify cardiothoracic illnesses.

The slogan of VUZPROMEXPO 2015 was “From idea to reality” and it is an excellent way to describe the achievements of Project universities. A discussion of the most interesting achievements was organized during a session devoted to promising innovative projects which was moderated by Vladimir Knyagin (President of the Foundation “Center of Strategic Inventions”). Presentations of their “flagship” projects were made by representatives of MIPT, MEPhI, MISiS, TSU, ITMO University, Lobachevski University, UrFU, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic, MSMU, KFU, PFUR and TPU. Experts were especially impressed with St. Petersburg Polytech’s project “Motorcade” (a limousine for the Russian President) and the inventions of the Center for Medical Science at Kazan Federal University. They also noted the potential of the SPF vivarium which was recently opened at Lobachevski University. According to Grigory Andruschak (Director of the Department of Strategy, Analysis and Forecasting of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia), this session was the first of a series of meetings and events to be held in the future to introduce the national business and production community to the most interesting projects of our national universities.