Voronezh State University together with Concern Sozvezdie (a division of the Ruselectronics holding owned by the state corporation Rostec) opened the Centre for the Development of Artificial Intelligence Technologies. The centre will specialise in machine learning, big data analysis and information processing technologies.
The graduates of the centre will be able to develop various projects on artificial intelligence, and carry out research in order to develop new technologies of information processing and machine learning methods for civil and military industries in Russia. The best students will be offered jobs at Rostec and will be allowed to combine the work with their studies.
“Artificial intelligence technologies will soon be used to develop “smart cities”, sophisticated information systems, “intellectual” electronics, and robotics. Very few countries are conducting research in this sphere. Our industry keeps up with the modern trends and is one of the leaders in the sphere. This is partly thanks to the collaboration of Rostec holdings with the largest universities in the country. Our goal is to attract master's degree students to research focusing on existing industrial problems and to train good specialists who will then work for us”, – said Alexey Bocharov, Director General of Concern Sozvezdie.
The academic programmes and research projects of the centre will be implemented jointly by the Faculty of Mathematics, the Faculty of Computer Sciences, and the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics.
The education programme has already been developed. Ilia Vladimirov, Head of the R&D centre of Concern Sozvezdie, was appointed the director of the centre.
“It is important that the education process at the centre will be run jointly with a world-class industrial company - Concern Sozvezdie. The centre will provide our students with some of the most necessary competencies, – said the rector of VSU, Dmitry Endovitsky. We are glad that a division of Rostec, which is a key enterprise of the Russian defence industry, is closely collaborating with Voronezh State University”.
Developing new technologies is one of the key objectives for VSU. In 2016, the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics jointly with the international company AT Consulting opened the Centre for Studying Information Technologies, where experts teach students how to work with Big Data. Last December, the Faculty of Physics, in association with Concern Sozvezdie, opened a Laboratory of Radio- and Telecommunication Systems. This year we are also going to open a laboratory of machine learning and big data analysis jointly with Novolipetsk Steel.