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ELVEES taught up-and-coming talents AI technologies

In July and August 2019 ELVEES R&D Center took part in a pilot project “Specialists for digital industry. Creating box design and engineering solutions in the form of competition”.

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In July and August 2019 ELVEES R&D Center took part in a pilot project “Specialists for digital industry. Creating box design and engineering solutions in the form of competition” which was hosted by Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev as a part of the project of multidisciplinary multifunctional campus.

Andrey Klychkov, governor of the Orel Region, introduced the idea of the campus in his speech at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The Ministry of Industry and Trade as well as the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia supported creation of the campus.

The aim of the project was to prepare budding specialists to work in innovative branches of digital industry, such as artificial intelligence and neural networks, unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, robotic engineering, and others.

Up-and-coming schoolchildren, secondary vocational education students, as well as bachelor and master’s students of the basic university and its branches joined the pilot project.

University teachers, ELVEES R&D specialists and partners from Geoscan state corporation and Vedaproject, Ltd. took on the role of instructors for the young specialists.

Within six months, the participants of the pilot project became familiar with the new fields of expertise, learned programming languages, developed and tested unmanned aerial systems.

As part of the project, ELVEES R&D specialists developed special software for neural network learning, and granted it to Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev, led a theoretical course on artificial intelligence and then acted as judges in an AI competition.

The competitors involved solving a complex of tasks: training neural networks to recognize various objects (pieces created specifically for the competition) correctly. To do this, they had to gather photos and videos of the objects, upload them in special software developed by ELVEES R&D Center, mark the layout, etc.

After that, the participants of the project tested out the performance of the developed algorithms. Specialists of ELVEES R&D Center consulted the participants to help them improve the quality of recognition. The neural networks were trained in several steps with the consideration of the obtained results and expert recommendations.

The task of the competition was to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle around a territory with some randomly positioned objects as well as recognize and video record them using the developed algorithms.

Drones sent data to the servers automatically through a wireless communication channel. The servers had software by ELVEES R&D Center with implemented artificial intelligence algorithms developed by the competitors.

Ten teams met in the final. The jury including university professors and ELVEES R&D Center specialists assessed the performance of the teams using a formula based on the number of detected objects, the number of objects recognized correctly and the number of false triggerings.

The performance assessment was objective because the results were calculated automatically in the software by ELVEES R&D Center developed specifically for this project. The jury’s task was to record these results.

The official ceremony of closing of the pilot project took place on 14th August, 2019. The ceremony started with a speech by Nikolai Markin - head of the project and a senior lecturer of the Department of automated control systems and cybernetics at Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev.

The pilot project “Specialists for digital industry. Creating box design and engineering solutions in the form of competition” was considered a success.

Leonid Muzalevskiy, Chair of Orel Region Council of People’s Deputies, summed up the results of the project: “Dear professors, tutors and, of course the competitors of this brilliant project! I would like to thank the management of Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev for teaching talented young people and running such competitions and projects in the field of digital industry.”

He also addressed the participants: “You did a great job. Many of your agemates are enjoying the sea at summer camps now, and you spent half a summer doing science. I’m sure that will pay off.”

“We started this project as a pilot one. I think that it was not just successful, it encouraged other children, not only in the Orel Region, to try completely new fields”, - said Olga Pilipenko, rector of Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev.

“Support and development of the talented youth in the field of artificial intelligence is one of the priority tasks for our company. We created a laboratory “Computer vision and artificial intelligence” at the premises of the National Research University of Electronic Technology several years ago. Now we’ve taken part in the new educational project at Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev. I want to believe that the event has increased the interest of young people to new technologies and they will develop in the field of science”, points out Yaroslav Petrichkovich, CEO of ELVEES R&D Center.

ELVEES R&D Center would like to thank the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Orel State University named after Ivan Turgenev for excellent organization of the event.

We congratulate all the winners and the participants of the project! We wish you to achieve excellence in artificial intelligence!