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RTU Foreign Students Department (FSD) and International Relations Department (IRS) has over 18 years of experience in organizing summer schools. The first summer school «The Bridges We Build, the Bridges We Cross» was organized in 1998 in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service. For two weeks, 30 students from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were sharing their study experience learning about geographic, political and economic landscape of the Baltic Region. Students had the opportunity to address one and the same problem from the point of view of representatives of various professions and in different cultural perspectives. This summer school was successfully working for six years.
From 2003 till 2016 RTU has organized various summer schools for students and participants from all over the world. Academic personnel of the Faculties together with their colleagues from partner universities from other countries share their unique theoretical knowledge and practical experience with participating students, motivating them to reach ambitious goals and advance their career. More than 500 students have used this opportunity in thirteen years’ time.
The Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry (Institute of Design Technologies), the Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities (Institute of Applied Linguistics) are actively involved in organizing summer schools.
International summer schools are a forum, which every year provides the opportunity to the students majoring in various fields from all over the world to come to Latvia and share their experience and establish new professional network of contacts and find true friends.
Franco Milano, Prof. of Medical Physics (Italy)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Can Big Data management, Complex System science and Artificial Intelligence open new opportunities in Medical Physics research?
After a general short review of modern techniques and methods in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy some specific examples of the use of non linear operators are reported. Then a possible future scenario in Medical Physics activities is drawn taking into account the impact of Big Data management, Complex System science and Artificial Intelligence applications on training and profession of the Medical Physicists.
Lucio Tommaso De Paolis, Prof. of Processing Systems (Italy)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medicine and Surgery
In medicine and surgery the VR/AR technologies make available new tools for the definition of the diagnosis by translating the information contained in medical images into a 3-dimensional virtual representation of the patient that is a realistic replica of living patient with the actual pathologies. This has allowed the development of a new form of medical education and the use of patient-specific surgical simulators permit to train and rehearse the surgical procedures without any risks for the patient.
New applications of the AR technology allow overlapping the 3D virtual models of the organs on the real patient during the intra-operative procedures in order to carry out the surgical tasks in a way that are both faster and safer. The use of augmented visualization in surgery has the potential to bring the advantages of the open-surgery visualization also in minimally invasive surgery.
Michael Rosenblum, Prof. of Physics and Astronomy (Germany)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Synchronization: a universal nonlinear phenomenon
Introduction to the theory of synchronization, which is the oldest scientifically described nonlinear phenomenon, will be delivered. The presentation will be illustrated by numerous examples of physical, engineering, and biological systems. Quantitative explanations will be followed by the basics of the mathematical theory. Finally, I will discuss possible application in physiology and medicine.
Inga Lyashenko, Doc. of Textile Engineering (Latvia)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production
The lecture A New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production will consist of two main parts.
The first part covers «High-tech» biomedical textile, fundamental types of fibers (including their properties), examines new four technologies of their production and several examples of their applications will be provided.
The second part of the lecture covers biotechnology in the production of textile fibers in biomedical engineering area. Thanks to the recent research results in biotechnology, several methods of manufacture of chemical fibers were developed, whose properties actually do not differ from the natural. This research will be presented. Application of biotextiles (included recycled materials for clothing) and ways of their scientific improvements will be presented.
Alexey Katashev, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering (Latvia)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Smart textile and other technologies for motion capture and posture assessment
Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Hand/limb locomotion capture by smart textile sensor. Hysteresis compensation methods
Methods, used to capture human shape and motion. Medical / industrial applications of motion capture. Smart textile sensors and their applications for motion capture.
Alexander Schwock, Dr. of Electro Technique in Civil Engineering (Germany)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Plasma Technologies and an overview of their applications
Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Cross-sectoral applications of plasma technologies for environment protection
The plasma technology lecture gives a short overview about plasma technologies and its industrial application. In a short exercise the students should develop and present a project idea of using plasma technologies for environmental application. After the analysis of the exercise some real application of plasma technologies for environmental application will be presented.
Röbbe Wünschiers, Prof. of Biology (Germany)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Life from a biological point of view
Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Designing Cells – Gene technology and more
The history of living organisms can be tracked for the past 3.2 billion years – due to its linearity. This led Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) to formulate: «omnis cellula e cellula». In 2010, Craig Venter claimed to have created the first synthetic cell «whose parent is a computer», thus interrupting progeny. With current progress in synthetic biology more new-to-nature organisms can be expected or even become normality. I will present and intend to trigger thoughts about biotechnological hopes and societal fears connected to biologically nonlinear life.
Dmitrijs Pikulins, Asoc. Prof. of Electronics and Telecommunications (Latvia)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Dynamics and chaos- mathematical abstraction or practically relevant phenomena?
The lecture covers the basics of nonlinear dynamics, including some specific features of chaotic modes of operation. The application of innovative approach – Method of Complete Bifurcation Groups – to the dynamics of widely used electronic systems is examined. The practical applicability and relevance of nonlinear methodologies to real life problems is discussed.
Jekaterina Erenpreisa, Prof. of Biology (Latvia)
Lecture #1 @ Nonlinear Life: Challenging linear causality in biology: a clash between genetic dogma and self-organization - Where is a compromise?
Lecture #2 @ Nonlinear Life: Adaptation to stress as a key to evolution and cancer. Can we tame it?
«There is no a single example of linear causality in biology if we see beyond our short-sighted experiments». This understanding is heralding the Systems Biology of the 21st century. It is not easy to percept after Newton’s mechanics that the living systems adapt by exploration using both programmed and chaotic regulations for their fate change. How this is embedded in the genome and works in reality? What is cancer? Can we saddle it up? How to plan and carry out the experiments?
Indra Surkova, MSc. in Medical Physics (Latvia)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Medical Physics in oncology-practical point of view
Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: QA in radiotherapy - group brainstorming
Everyday work and responsibilities of medical physicist in radiotherapy department, modern radiotherapy techniques and the main challenges to improve the quality of treatment procedures, another perspective of 1 mm sizes regarding human health. Practical brainstorming – safety barriers in radiotherapy.
Yuri Dekhtyar, Prof. of Nanomedicine (Latvia)
Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Is nanomedicine just a fad or is it a necessary approach to improving medical technologies?
Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Nanomedicine progress – brainstorming
The nanomedicine approach has Hippocrates philosophical roots. Nanoobjects, their design and corresponding properties, as well applications for medicine are reviewed.
From 21 till 28 August 2016 RTU Institute of Design Technologies in cooperation with International Relations Department organized the summer school A Journey Beyond the Traditional Wooden Craft and Art.
Since ancient times wooden craft has been an inherent element of the Latvian lifestyle. In Latvia, woodwork has always been used to organize living environment, as work tools and an essential element of landscape design. Technologies that survived through centuries allowed creating the objects that fascinate the viewers for thousands years. These technologies can still be used to meet the needs of the contemporary society in terms of quality and quantity. Therefore, the aim of the summer school is to let participants learn about modern and ancient wood craft tools and use them to create unique design objects.
Students developed skills in working with wood processing work benches treating timber on the premises of the Institute of Design Technologies. As a result, students could design unique divisible articles. During a three-day field session in the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne students could develop skills in working with hand woodwork tools, processing wooden logs. As a result, wooden troughs and tableware were cut from logs.
The summer school Ticket to the Future organized by RTU VASSI and International Relations Department took place from 17 till 28 August 2015. 22 students from 8 different countries – Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico – participated in the work of the school.
Students of the summer school addressed the topical issue of sustainable development, as well as such issues as energy security, regional development and climate technologies. The participants supplemented theoretical knowledge gained with practical experience. Students attended different enterprises and establishments in Latvia and discussed the role of the principles of sustainable development in the work of these enterprises with company representatives. In order to get a comprehensive picture of sustainable development principles and their application in Latvia, participants of the summer school visited such Latvian towns as Jurmala, Rezekne and Kraslava. Students could practically apply the knowledge gained drafting proposals for design of sustainable development strategy of the town of Kraslava.
Along with studies, students participated in various activities that let them learn about Latvia and its culture, enjoy Latvian nature, food and Latvian folk dancing.
From 21 July till 4 August 2014 RTU in cooperation with the University of Rostock (Germany) organized 10th international summer university Baltic Summer School Technical Informatics & Information Technology 2014, which united 35 student majoring in informatics, computer science and electrical engineering from 19 countries. The aim of the event was to prepare students for their studies at Master and Doctoral programs in computer science and information technologies in Germany.
From 17 to 30 August 2014 the Institute of Technology and Design of Textile Materials of the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry in cooperation with International Relations Department organized international summer school Clothing Design and High Tech, which welcomed 24 students from 13 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Syria.
Foreign and local students acquired traditional silk painting and batik printing techniques, created sketches of clothing collections, conducted experiments on integrating electronic elements into textiles and developed basic skills in working with a 3D anthropometric scanner, specialized software and smart textiles. The participants could reinforce their theoretical knowledge during practical group work. The students had the opportunity to go through all product design stages starting with sketch design and finishing with product manufacturing. The ideas developed in the working groups were presented at the exhibition. The invited field experts expressed their opinion about student ideas and opportunities to practically implement them.
In addition to their studies, participants went on trips outside Riga – to the towns of Jurmala and Valmiera, they also visited the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne, thus raising their awareness about Latvia.
The summer school «Nonlinear Life» is organized by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics in cooperation with International Relations Department of Riga Technical University (RTU).
The summer school «Sustainable Construction» is organized by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and International Relations Department of RTU in cooperation with the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Information and Electric Engineering and Applied Mathemathics of the University of Salerno, and enterprise «Knauf».
The 2018 CERN Spring Campus is the fifth edition of a series of schools dedicated to Information Technology and Computing. Started in 2014, the CERN Spring Campus brings a new dimension to CERN’s scientific and cultural activities.
Nowadays, world cannot be conceived without human and robot (artificial intelligence) frequent interaction. Almost every object or service in some way is connected with robotics and we are accustomed to robots so much that we do not even realize this fact anymore. The 21st century invention becomes our everyday life. Robots are nothing extraordinary – they take a big part in our lives. In fact, they are everywhere: at our home, workplace, school, shops, cafes and even in our pockets. And have you ever considered that robots are assigned for more complicated and responsible duties?
Currently, Latvia is not recognized globally as the country of biological resources; however, Latvia is unique because it is one of the few countries in the world, where more than half of the territory is covered by human-untouched ecosystems: forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, grasslands and coastal areas. It is often believed that economic growth and conservation and preservation of nature are not compatible things, but we are showing the opposite, developing Latvian biotechonomy. Biotechonomy or bioeconomy is a sector focused on the sustainable use of biological resources and products of high added value.
Nowadays, we are living in a rapidly changing world that faces unprecedented challenges and success stories, but along with all this positive burst that new generation evokes problems inevitably occur. Mankind now is osculating challenges in terms of inequality and diversity, economic viability and sustainability and the resilience of infrastructures and services. For solving them we need to come together – we need to discuss, brainstorm, depicture about the problem, because only then solution can be created.