Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

Visit of the Association of the Russian Leading Universities to USA

April 9-16, 2011

Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies,
Mechanics and Optics

1. Vice-Rector on project management development – Toivonen Nikolai R., Associate Professor, PhD in Physics, Dean of the Enterprise Faculty, Director of the Department “Education, Research and Innovation Complex on Birzhevaja line” 

2. Collaboration with the universities, research centers and foundations of the USA:

In 2010 St.-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (hereinafter – SPSU ITMO) became the participant of the program «EURECA» (EURECA - Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity) held by the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law – USRF.

The principal goal of «EUPECA» program is to assist Russian universities in improving their applied research capacity and furthering transfer of intellectual property developed or identified by universities to the real sector of the economy.

SPSU ITMO projects within «EUPECA» program is aimed at forming an «innovative hub» for the internationalization of technology transfer processes, commercializing the results of intellectual activity and facilitating their implementation in Russian organizations and companies.

SPSU ITMO’ principal partner at U.S. site within «EUPECA» program is University of California, Los Angeles.

Partners realize two modular projects:
  1. Enhancing ITMO world-wide innovative capacity – EWIC 
  2. Cross-Atlantic Innovative Bridge {for Russian innovations} – CAIB 
It is planned to involve leading innovative organizations and associations to the projects:
  1. AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers);
  2. NASVF (National Association of Seed and Venture Funds);
  3. AURP (American Association of University Research Parks);
  4. NBIA (National Business Incubation Association);
  5. NCET2 (National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer).
Pilot stage of the «EUPECA» program realization is March 2011- February 2013. 

3. Areas, in which the collaboration with the leading US universities seems to be the most promising: 
  1. Intelligent control and data processing systems
  2. Supercomputing and high performance computing
  3. Photonics and optoinformatics
  4. Optical nanotechnology and materials
  5. Robotics
  6.  Mechatronics
4. Cooperation with what business organizations would represent the greatest interest to your University? In what areas? 

a. Photonics:
  1. IPG Photonics Corporation
  2. PPG Industries, Inc
b. World IT vendors

5. Meetings with what US universities would interest you most? 
  1. University of Arizana, Tucson
  2. University of California, Los Angeles
  3. University of California, Santa Barbara
  4. MIT
  5. Purdue University
  6. Stanford University 
  7. Universities of North Caroline 
  8. University of Tennessee
  9. University of Texas Austin 
  10. University of Illinois
  11. University of Utah

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