The “Smart City 4.0 Artificial Intelligence for the Unmanned Car” camp has ended in Artek
On April 9th, the fourth camp ended at Artek ICC, during which the team of the ISSDP Laboratory, SPbPU NTI Center Georgy Vasilyanov, Anton Doynikov and Dmitry Barinov conducted an educational program for students on building control systems for autonomous vehicles.
As a part of the “We Are the Children of the Galaxy” camp in Artek, Polytechnic University’s “Smart City 4.0” educational program was held. During the camp, students studied technologies and systems of a new generation: artificial intelligence for unmanned cars. Students also gained skills in developing technical solutions for managing autonomous vehicles that guarantee the safety of road users.
“By the end of the camp, students had realised of how unmanned vehicles and autonomous vehicles work. Even not all adults understand this, and it is important for us that already at school the kids have an opportunity to try their future profession and decide which university they will enroll to. This is exactly what career guidance for high school students should be like, and Polytechnic University seeks to create all conditions for its implementation,” commented Dmitry Tikhonov, Director of the Center for Vocational Guidance and Pre-University Training of Polytechnic University.
During the classes, the children were working with a small-size model of an autonomous vehicle (MMAA), a proprietary design of SPbPU specialists created specifically for training purposes. The children studied the general theory of autonomous unmanned vehicles, worked in a virtual simulator and managed the physical model.
“The camp with our participation at Artek ICC in Gurzuf was excellent,” says Georgy Vasilyanov, lead engineer of the Industrial Systems for Streaming Data Processing Laboratory at the SPbPU NTI Center. “The students actively listened to the lectures, enjoyed the practical exercises, and asked a lot of interesting and sometimes tricky questions. Applause accompanied almost every lesson! A particularly memorable moment was when the guys set up the settings of the automatic terrain mapping system independently, started the model – and everything worked for them.”
The outcome of the field-specific program was a credit, which consisted of two stages. The first stage was a simulator, in which the guys drove a car on a virtual track on time. The second stage was directly related to the physical model of an autonomous car. The class participants themselves were able to set the parameters so that the MMAA could run along the track and overcome all the obstacles.
Marina V. Bolsunovskaya, Head of the Industrial Systems for Streaming Data Processing Laboratory at the NTI Center at SPbPU, emphasized that it was a great honor for the laboratory team to hold the program in Artek. She noted: “We express our great gratitude to the management of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and personally to Alexey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for Digital Transformation, and Elena Razinkina, Vice-Rector for Educational Activities at SPbPU, as well as to the departments that provided methodological, organizational and financial support for the project: the New Manufacturing Technologies NTI Center, the CompMechLab® Engineering Center, the world-class Advanced Digital Technologies Research Center, the Career Guidance and Pre-University Center, and the Center for Science and Technology Education.