NSPU Associate Professor led his team to victory in the Russian stage of the Intel Al Global Festival

The Intel AI Global Impact Festival is a new educational tech event for developers and industry insiders, it is held to connect with Intel leaders and industry experts to gain the perspectives and training required to shift what's possible through technology. Boris A. Shrainer, Head of the AI Lab of the NSPU and his team - Olga Demidovich and Stepan Tleubaev – won in the Russian stage of the event.

The AI Laboratory is the first structure included in the NSPU Technopark “Universal Design for Learning”. The idea of its creation as well as the first design sketches appeared at the university a year ago and immediately offered its promising prospects: students and schoolchildren supervised by Boris A. Shrainer won a number of design competitions from Intel. The AI laboratory as a part of the interfaculty Technopark opens up new horizons for future AI developers.

This year Boris Alexandrovich administered 3 contestants: a schoolgirl Olga Demidovich with her project “Gesture Calculator for Disabled People” which was highly acclaimed by the jury in the “AI Enthusiasts 100” nomination; an NSU student Stepan Tleubaev who developed the project “Psychodiagnostics” and won in the “AI Impact Creators” nomination; and a NSPU Master’s student Sergey Polipovich. Although his project “Teaching the AI basics for high school students” didn’t win in the Festival, Sergey was awarded in the Intel contest in February. Olga and Stepan not only demonstrated their skills, but also received a cash prize $ 1,500 for the development of their projects. The guys noted that they would hardly have been able to present their work at such a high level without their mentor.

- This is a valuable experience in developing your own full-fledged AI project which can be used to solve social problems and help people, - said the supervisor of the team Boris A. Shrainer, Candidate of the Psychological Sciences of the Department of Information Systems and Digital Education NSPU. – In every project you have to go through several stages such as setting a goal, identifying the problem and target audience, collecting data, training the model, testing and processing the results.

The Intel AI Global Impact Festival was first introduced in 2021 (October 15-30). In the inaugural festival, over 110,000 students, next generation technologists and future developers joined from 135 countries with 230+ AI Innovations received from 20+ countries including India, Indonesia, South Korea, China, Singapore, USA, Germany, Argentina and Poland. Russia introduced 12 projects in the four nominations: AI Enthusiasts 100, AI Impact Shapers, AI Impact Creators, AI Impact Catalysts. Their topics were medicine, transport, the Internet of Things, food quality, etc.

It’s worth mentioning that in February the team’s projects were also recognized by the Intel representatives in the nominations of the Intel® AI for Youth competition "AI Technologies for Everyone".

Victoria Sassa