The agreement on cooperation and partnership had been signed by Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS, and Alexandr Povalko, General Director of RVC, within the XXIII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Key direction of the party cooperation is the implementation of combined technological contests of the National Technology Initiative.
RVC and NUST MISIS confirm their intention to jointly hold an international contest Ice Vision, which was initiated as part of a series of the NTI technological contests of Up Great. This contest is a “satellite” of the “Winter City” contest, in which the participants develop unmanned vehicles capable to move independently in Russian winter conditions. Ice Vision is aimed to develop software based on artificial intelligence, which will allow unmanned vehicles to navigate the roads in difficult weather conditions. The contest participants are technological teams, young specialists, as well as students and schoolchildren aged from 14 to 30 years.
In the future, RVC and NUST MISiS intend to cooperate on preparation and conduction issues of other technological contests, to provide mutual expert support in the formation part of competitive tasks, technical requirements to the participant developments and the competitive test organization.
The National University of Science and Technology MISIS is one of the fast developing research and educational centers of the country. NUST MISIS is also a full-fledged research center. The university holds leading positions in the world university rankings by subject of THE, QS and ARWU in ten directions at once, entering the top 100 in the categories of Engineering-Mining (QS ranking) and Engineering-Metallurgy (ARWU ranking), in the area of materials science NUST MISIS is in the group of 101+ top universities (QS ranking). The university comprises 9 institutes, 6 branches — 4 in Russia and 2 abroad. More than 17 thousand students and postgraduate students from 75 countries around the globe study at NUST MISiS. The University has over 30 scientific labs and 3 world-class engineering centers, in which the most leading scientists of the world and Russia are working. NUST MISIS successfully implements joint projects with the largest Russian and foreign high-tech companies.
Up Great is the largest technology contests in terms of the prize pool in Russia. Competition mechanics are designed on the model of prestigious international competitions XPrize, Darpa Grand Challenge, etc. Participants are suggested to find solutions to the most complex technological problems that the world has not had solutions yet. The winning team, which has overcome the global technological barrier, receives a large cash prize — up to 200 million rubles for the demonstration of a clear and repeatable decision of a competitive task to experts, the jury and the general public In 2018, the first Up Great contests started: “Winter City” and “The First Element”