NSU Advanced "Cognitive Engineering" School Presents Year One Results

In February, the results of the first year of Advanced Engineering Schools, which were created in 15 Russian regions, were presented. Novosibirsk State University’s "Cognitive Engineering" School presented on the first day. Sergey Golovin, Head "Cognitive Engineering", noted that the School was designed to train engineers capable of overcoming the technological challenges of society through the application of fundamental scientific knowledge using modern methods of organizing and conducting scientific and technological business. 

High-tech companies on the frontier of technology and its applications in Akademgorodok look for NSU graduates with a strong fundamental education and a focus on creating useful products. Setting values and combining different types of thinking (systems, research, engineering, product, creative) these things are new for NSU and, perhaps, distinguishes us from other engineering schools. We treat this challenge like a startup with lots of experiments, interactions, and feedback. We systematically explore the best engineering practices in general and use the results to continuously improve our approach to education. In addition to studying in special and general engineering courses, students should become thinking, "cognitive", engineers able to reflectively evaluate what is happening, think outside the box, and be able to transfer the best solutions from one area to another. While studying in our Master's Program, students will be trained to solve real problems, either as part of existing teams or by generating their own project, — Golovin explained.

As for results, within the framework of cooperation with partners, NSU signed R & D agreements totaling more than 75 million rubles. Seven joint projects were launched: 

  • Three projects in the field of “Aerospace Instrumentation” related to technologies for automating  monitoring onboard satellite systems using modern sensor devices; development and testing of elements of end-to-end technologies for the satellite Internet of things by organizing pilot zones for data transmission from remote, large territories; a technological platform for optimizing technical devices based on surrogate modeling. 
  • Two projects focusing on "Biological Sensor Systems" to create a platform for the rational design of oligonucleotides and a platform for prototyping microfluidic technologies.
  • Two projects targeted at "Geophysical Systems For The Oil And Gas industry" that are related to the intellectual analysis of geophysical data to improve the accuracy of geological models of hydrocarbon fields and mathematical modeling of the processes of intensification of oil production. 

The tasks for implementation in 2023 relate primarily to the educational component and include an increase in the number of students and the transformation of project activities in the "Space and Special Instrument Engineering" Master's Program, the creation of new programs for additional professional education, and the formation and launch of new Bachelor's and Master's Programs.