About the Open House Project
Lecture halls, corridors, the student cafeteria, etc., will all eventually become a ‘home away from home’ for prospective HSE students. We cordially invite you to a virtual tour of HSE. Current HSE students show you around campus through our website.
How does one enter into virtual reality? How many hours does it take a 3D printer to print a bust of Van Gogh? And is it true that in one of HSE’s laboratories, you can monitor low Earth orbit satellites in real time? In the newest edition of Open House, Anastasia Zaitseva and Artem Ivanov, both fourth-year students in the Informatics and Computing Technology undergraduate programme, talk about these questions and more.
ADDRESS: 34 Tallinskaya Ulitsa
HOW TO GET THERE: 5-minute walk from the Strogino metro station
The HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) is one of the university’s largest branches and home to the engineering division. MIEM is geared towards future programmers, mathematicians, engineers, and specialists in computer security, electronics, and robotics.
MIEM acquired the new building in 2014, when we were still sophomores. Our first impression of the building was just, ‘Wow!’ The building is huge (22,000 square meters), bright, and spacious, so students feel comfortable studying and working here. In addition, the building is handicap accessible.
Despite being farther from the city centre, the Strogino region, where the building is located, has very well developed infrastructure. There’s a park nearby, and we’re right by the Moscow River, where students have different watersports classes. There’s even a yacht club.
MIEM has its own parking lot that can fit about 100 cars. The lot is open not only to teachers and staff of the university, but to students as well.
The hall on the first floor has an open area for people to sit and talk. The university created a special group that is constantly getting students’ feedback, and as a result of different questionnaires, the school plans to expand and modernize this area. Now you can grab a table and use your laptop, and there are plugs throughout the space as well. We’re even getting a coffee machine soon. Sometimes people bring big TVs and videogame consoles here, as well. There is complete Wi-Fi coverage throughout the building.
The building has a cafeteria that can seat up to 200 students and staff members and is open daily until 5:00 p.m. The cafeteria has a wide selection of food on the menu, and there is a prix fixe lunch that costs only 110 rubles.
Aside from the main cafeteria, 34 Tallinskaya St. also has two smaller cafes with seating for 50 and 100 people. These cafes close later than the main cafeteria, so students who stay late can always find a place to grab a bite to eat. The prices are very reasonable as well.
MIEM has 52 auditoriums, some of which can seat 100 people, while others can hold up to 200. The auditoriums are used for lectures, discussion sections, conferences, and open houses that see many more people in attendance. All of the auditoriums are equipped with projectors, boards, and in most cases LCD screens.
There are also fourteen computer labs that are used for classes, lab work, and exam prep.
MIEM’s library is regularly updating its collection, which includes the latest books on a wide range of disciplines: web programming, neural networks, nanotechnology, radiation and quantum physics, electronics and circuit design, robotics, and much more. Visitors can take a look at some of the libraries newest books on the stand located near the entrance. The library also gives visitors full access to HSE’s electronic resources.
In addition, MIEM features 30 learning and research laboratories. The lab classrooms are used for courses such as physics and electronics, while the research labs are working on some of the latest scientific developments in the industry. Let’s take a look at some of the main labs MIEM has to offer.
This laboratory was created in 2015 as a division of the School of Computer Engineering. There are always a lot of people here, and the lab is used for practicums, seminars, business games, and master classes held by university instructors and HSE students themselves for elementary schoolchildren. In addition, the 3D Visualisation and Computer Graphics Learning Laboratory is where bachelor’s and master’s students learn to work with graphics editors and create 3D graphics systems.
The lab has equipment used for visualising academic and medical data on things such as protein structures, human anatomy, visualisation in space, and architectural objects. Our equipment might also be used as the foundation for the training systems typically used to teach engineers, and this could be useful for institutions outside of MIEM as well.
This is how everything works: four projectors project an image on an enormous panoramic screen. In order to see the image in 3D, you have to wear special glasses. Let’s say we are creating a virtual oil and gas complex. The beginning engineer is able to walk around this room and turn virtual valves, thereby learning what to do in emergency situations. And when this engineer goes to a real plant, they already know what to do.
It’s been proven that the time it takes to train these kinds of specialists is decreasing by somewhere around 70%; that is, whereas before it might have taken a year for a specialist in a particular field to learn their trade, now this process has shrunk to two or three months. This represents huge savings for a company. Plus, there is a lower risk that the employee will break something. We can model situations that can be used to train people in an array of professions.
The panoramic system is divided up into sections. On one side is an interactive smart board, while another has a visualisation of certain objects and another – reference information or a browser to search the web. In addition, we are using this system to test out the models we make and see what they look like in 3D.
There is a separate room with 3D printers that are used to print technical parts, robotic limbs, fine art (such as a bust of Van Gogh), and even dishes. The average print time is six hours, and each student can configure a printer’s settings for his or her own purpose.
The neighbouring room has an interactive table that upperclassmen and master’s students created as a thesis project. It has a large surface where several people can, for example, draw comics or play air hockey at the same time. Additionally, the table allows you to display 3D models of something. The centre of the table is also equipped with a special truncated square pyramid, whose four sides are used to project an image, while the inside of the pyramid becomes 3D, creating the effect of a hologram similar to the ones we’ve all seen in Star Wars.
The Microsatellite Flight Control Centre allows you to control smaller satellites that are in low Earth orbit. In the Centre, you can observe more than 50 microsatellites in real time, the majority of which were created and are being used by students from different universities around the world. This includes schools in America, Europe, Japan, India, China, and more. The Microsatellite Flight Control Centre is the first student laboratory where you can work with other universities’ microsatellites that have already been launched, sending commands to the satellites and gathering telemetric data from them.
We can’t control the trajectory of other institutions’ satellites, but we are able to use them to gather useful information, such as photographs of a terrain with decent resolution. We can also send data used by meteorologists.
The Microsatellite Flight Control Centre will soon get hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation stands that will help us get closer to creating our own real microsatellite. The 3D laboratory has already printed its plastic mockup that will be used to create a real iron microsatellite in the future. Like the ones currently being used in the lab, this satellite will be placed into low Earth orbit.
This laboratory was created in 2015 as a division of the School of Electronic Engineering. The devices here replace what would be considered a complete radio-engineering lab equipped with digital oscilloscopes, voltmeters, generators, power supplies, analysers, and multimeters, all combined on a single platform. These devices are controlled by LabVIEW, a system-design platform and development environment, and this helps students learn about all areas related to electrical engineering and electronics.
The devices are controlled either manually or with the help of the programme environment.
In addition, the Computer Measurement Technologies Centre was created as part of the Laboratory. At the Centre, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as HSE staff and outside experts, learn how to programme in the LabVIEW environment, and they also learn how to work with National Instruments, a leading provider of test, measurement, and control solutions. In addition, the Centre prepares students for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification exam. In 2015, the Computer Measurement Technologies Centre went through the process for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer international certification and gained the status of authorised National Instruments tech centre.
To learn more about MIEM’s departments and laboratories, visit our website at: https://miem.hse.ru/en/