This century is without doubt the age of information technology. Modern-day research would simply not be possible without it, and so we would like to take you on a short walk around some of the high-tech hotspots of Kazan Federal University. It goes without out saying that this is just a fraction of what our university has to offer.
The Higher School for Information Technologies and Information Systems (ITIS) at KFU came into being in 2011, with particular focus on industrial and applied research and tuition. Starting in their second year, students undertake placements at IT companies and work on research and development in laboratories created by the Higher School of ITIS in partnership with businesses from within in the IT industry. There are now more than 20 such laboratories centres operating in the institute, including the Fujistu Lab, Cisco Innovation Centre, IOS Lab, Samsung Android Lab, Digital Media Lab, Flat Stack Lab, SmartHead Lab, BARS Group Lab, among others. The Higher School of ITIS is now one of the three most sought-after institutes in Russia in the field of applied informatics.
The KFU Medical Simulation Centre is one of the best in Europe, and was opened in 2014 at the KFU Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology.
It takes the form of a full training hospital containing all the main departments of a modern multiprofile hospital, including an operating theatre, maternity unit, endoscopy unit, ultrasound facility and a reanimation and intensive therapy unit.
The facility enables students to learn various skills and techniques in the field of medicine by practicing on special training dummies as patients. To aid study in the simulation centre there is a centre of video-surveillance, which allows “operations” to be performed in real-time. Video cameras record the training exercises and relay them to the training rooms for analysis of performances and mistakes. The centre also contains a simulator designed to allow students to assume different roles in a team of doctors: anaesthetist-reanimator, surgeon and surgeon’s assistant, nurse and diagnostic personnel.
The 3D GEO Centre was set up in 2013 in the Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies, and caters for students doing bachelors, post-graduate and doctorate studies. The centre is equipped with the latest trends in the field, and is a prime example of a specialised innovative education and research complex. The centre houses geological and hydrodynamic models of oil and gas fields from around the Republic of Tatarstan and other regions.
In September 2015, a new building was added to the KFU Institute of Chemistry. The seven-story block contains 57 education and research laboratories where interdisciplinary research is conducted in the fields of petrochemicals, oil-extraction, pharmaceuticals, polymer and composite materials and nanomaterials. Representatives of other structural subdivisions of KFU also participate in this research in partnership with the Institute of Chemistry: the Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies, the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology, the Institute of Physics and the Scientific and Educational Centre of Pharmaceuticals.
Modern technologies could not be perfected or new ones created without new multifunctional, “intelligent” materials. In close cooperation with leading research centres in quantum technology from around the world, the KFU Centre of Quantum Technologies is working on a range of research topics, including the synthesis of superconductors at room temperature, creation of quantum bits based on Josephson junctions, and the creation of single-electron transistors in an electron system on the surface of quantum fluids. KFU possesses a unique infrastructure for research into promising materials, including Russia’s first computer design of new materials laboratory based on innovative software from Materials Design, a cheminformatics laboratory, the International Magnetic Resonance Centre with a range of magnetic resonance material research broader than in any other establishment in the Russian Federation, and two KFU-RIKEN complementary research and development laboratories in conjunction with one of the world leaders in material science – the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research RIKEN in Japan.
It is hoped that by 2020 an intelligent system of projecting promising materials with predictable properties will be developed, as well as technologies relating to their use in the automobile industry.
The Educational and Scientific Centre of Cosmic Research and Technology at the V.P. Engelhardt Astronomical Observatory at the KFU Institute of Physics includes a functional astronomical observatory; cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind observation equipment; a modern planetarium and an Astropark. The idea is for the Centre of Cosmic Research and Technology to become involved in research programmes of inner and outer space in Russia and abroad, and so Russia’s first multiprofile cosmic geodesic observatory has been built on the site. The Astronomic Processes Imaging Centre was created at the observatory in 2015. Also on observatory territory is the Mini-MegaTORTORA Long-range Telescope Management Centre located in the North Caucasus.