New Scientific Innovation Institute within USTRI

On April 1, 2011, a new scientific innovation institute was established within the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University – Mathematical Simulation and Intelligence Control Systems’ Institute – one of subdivisions of the United Scientific and Technology Research Institute (USTRI).

 

The new Science Innovation Institute includes a number of the specialized university laboratories, like a scientific education laboratory for the Intellectual Systems for Industrial Automation and Control, and laboratory for the Visualization and Computer Graphics. Both laboratories have seen significant growth within the implementation

framework of the Innovative Education Program.

 

The activities of the laboratory for the Intellectual Systems for Industrial Automation and Control are connected with development of the scientific sphere related to the adaptive control of distributed objects and intellectual systems. The tasks pursued by the researcher institute’s staff include the control of mobile transportation groups (a formation of airplanes, ships, and mobile intellectual robots) operating in indefinite and unforeseeable conditions of rapidly changing situations, as well as the control of complex information systems. The control of such systems is based on fundamentally new approaches and techniques. The issues related to the controlof the distributed systems are crucial for development of basic concepts for managing the national economy, national security, coordination and integration of the national subsystems with respect to the global information space and economy.

 

To-date, the laboratory for the Intellectual Systems for Industrial Automation and Control has developed a range of complexes, including:

 

Stands based on the Siemens industrial controllers,

Workstations simulating industrial objects with continuous control processes,

Integrated stand for control of robotic production lines based on the laboratory’s training Festo conveyor line containing 7 stands.

 

The mentioned high-tech scientific research equipment has been constantly upgraded and fitted with new  components.

 

Based on the resources used by the National Research University (NRU) in 2010, by 2011 these complexes became unique one-of-a-kind units. The established unique system is widely used for implementation of theoretical and applied scientific research and learning of students.

 

For continued applied and theoretical research, and preparation of specialists within the NRU development program, in 2011, an equipment set with a completed hierarchical structure of modern control systems. This equipment allows for considerable diversification of scientific research areas, including the intellectual systems of technical vision, pattern recognition and processing, mathematical software systems of artificial intelligence and intellectual calculators. Moreover, within the NRU development program’s implementation, scientific and business collaboration is maintained with a number of Russian and foreign companies.

 

Fitting of the laboratory for the Visualization and Computer Graphics was started within implementation of the  innovation Education Program. Within the National Research University Program, in 2010, additional workstations and 3D distributed rendering computer cluster were purchased and put into operation. The purchased equipment formed a material basis for scientific research visualization, for instance, in aerodynamics: simulation of air-finisher’s operation, Boeing airflow process, etc. The use of this equipment allows for integration of the institution’s scientific potential in joint multi-media projects with largest museums and cultural objects. In the sphere of  reconstructing the historical image of architectural objects, the laboratory provided a basis for development of projects for the Russian State Museum, the Peterhof and Oranienbaum State Museums. The collaboration in this area is constantly growing. Thus, for visualization of the project for reconstruction of the Summer Garden (“Letniy sad”), 4 unique models of fountains were designed.

 

For famous architectural landscaping complex Oranienbaum, a former residence of Prince A.D. Menshikov, a  simulation was designed for the Racing Mound pavilion. Designing projects were performed for the Russian Museum’s interiors, and the Kholomky memorial estate in the Pskov Region. The state-of-the-art equipment permits development of the models that can viewed both in a standard mode, and in 3D, and for the simulation and virtual reality technology (4D).

 

The laboratory equipment is actively used in the educational process. It is used for creation of various learning games, andin the process of course/diploma paper preparation, students design projects for interactive coverage of museums. A number of virtual excursions/audio-guides have been developed. There is a considerable experience in isoanimation, supplemented reality techniques (combination of real and virtual images).


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