Russia’s first VR-laboratory for studying, science and business opened in TSU
26 апреля, 11:08
TSU opened Russia’s first laboratory for the development of IT-solutions, enabling the use of virtual and augmented reality for studying, carrying out research, creating breakthrough technology that increases production efficiency.
“The Tomsk region is a pilot region for the implementation of the Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development of Russia,” said Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Governor for Academic Organizations. “The university enables us to respond to global challenges that the region and the country are facing. The laboratory created in TSU is a new type of space, where education, science and business can merge their interests. This format is necessary for the Research and Education Center, which the regions is currently designing”.
This is a pilot project not only for Russia, but for the world, as such platforms have been predominantly used for scientific research. VR/AR programs with education purposes are only made upon request from large corporate groups for corporate training. The UniVRsity open platform that the TSU laboratory is currently working on, will open up the possibilities of the virtual world for teaching schoolchildren, students, employees of commercial and budgetary organizations.
“The laboratory, created in cooperation with Rubius, is the central segment of digital project ‘Virtual university 4.0’. One of the main lines of work in the laboratory is to create an open platform and develop libraries of virtual tools to assemble educational courses. Using such a VR construction set, any teacher with no special IT training can build custom hi-tech educational services and applications,” said Aleksandr Zamyatin, Director of TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
The laboratory will be a platform for the training of IT specialists, the demand for which is constantly growing. In September 2019, the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science is launching a master’s program whereby the university will train professionals, capable of creating applications and services for working with virtual and augmented reality.
Apart from that, the TSU laboratory will create novel custom products for the tasks identified by customers, actively promote its developments on the Russian and foreign markets.
“The project has passed an expert review by Skolkovo, and we will become the residents of the innovations center, which enable us to commercialize the platform. There will be a new legal entity, located on the territory of the technology park, and the project will be able to enjoy the benefits, privileges, infrastructure and the access to a global level investment platform,” said Anton Kudinov, CTO of Rubius.