MIT Students Hold Workshops at MIS&S

January 14, at the National University of Science and Technology MISiS two joint student projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in robotics and high-tech enterprises commenced. The project involved 7 students from MIT, 26 students MISiS, and 10 students from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech).

The project on innovative entrepreneurship and management of start-ups in the form of venture competition "How to Make a Start-Up?" brought together 4 MIT student and 14 MISiS students to develop new high-tech products and improve existing prototypes. Specifically for that reason, MIT has provided several software packages for designing prototypes for high-tech products.

After being divided into groups, the participants of the joint project "How to Make a Start-Up?" has worked on four topics: "Devices" – to create new applications for remote electronic payment services; "Identification" - to develop innovative methods of biometric identification through the use of voice; "Medicine" - to improve the means of individual protection against occupational accidents and diseases; and "Mobile Applications" – to design applications for mobile phones, which notify when friends are nearby.

The project will last until January 20 and consists of a daily one-hour lecture on methods of business planning, how to make effective presentations, the features of an entrepreneurial culture in the United States and Russia, as well as two hours of practical training in programming, automation, and robotics. Through the course, the Russian and American students on a daily basis are actively discussing ways to address pressing economic and social problems with the help of advanced technology. At the end of the project, each group will make a presentation of their original ideas.

Within the framework of the project "Design of Autonomous Robot" three MIT students, 12 MISiS students, and 10 Skoltech students will study in detail the principles of electromechanical systems, methods of artificial intelligence, and behavior of a robot in a closed loop. In addition, students will learn practical signal processing, use sensors to construct algorithms, and create complex mechanical structures.

Every day the joint student project "Design of an autonomous robot" consists of a one-hour lecture on the components of robotic systems and two hours of practical group work to create robot parts. Project meetings are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
The joint project will be completed on January 30 by a competition among the robots from each participating student group. These robots will compete to find out which one can cover a predetermined course the fastest.