Best friends: University of Stuttgart
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One of Politech's best friends is the University of Stuttgart (Germany), headed by Professor Wolfram Ressel. Despite the fact that the document on strategic partnership was signed only in 2013, fruitful cooperation with this university has been conducted for more than 25 years.
In 1990, the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) of SPbPU and the University of Stuttgart signed a Cooperation Agreement – this was the first step in developing partnership relations between both universities. Later, in 1993, the partners started interaction in the field of computer design technologies. As well, the supercomputer center HLRS (High Performance Computing Center) of the University of Stuttgart supported and contributed a lot to establishing and equipping the Center for Cluster Technologies at the Polytech under the supervision the head of the Chair “Computer technologies in mechanical engineering” of the Institute of Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering and Transport Professor Shabrov.
In 2005 our universities signed an agreement on student exchange, in 2011 this agreement was extended for another 6 years. This year it is planned to sign an updated agreement. Since 2009 library complexes of both universities has been successfully cooperating. The universities closely cooperate in the following thematic fields: hydro engineering and ecology, computer design technologies, modeling and visualization, engineering and transport, and others.
A wide range of research areas, active academic mobility of faculty and students, development and implementation of international educational programs - the large-scale activities of the University of Stuttgart and Polytech served as a background for signing a Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2013. “Having signed the agreement on strategic partnership, we have created a stable basis for our work. I will be very glad to contribute to the development of our relations”, commented the Rector of the University of Stuttgart Wolfram Ressel.
From mechatronics to library innovations
Over a long period of interaction, a range of joint scientific interests has extended. For 15 years scientists of the Polytech and the University of Stuttgart have been working in the field of microprocessor technology and computer control. In this direction cooperation is carried out with leading industrial manufactures of Russia and Germany. This interaction resulted in the opening of the Educational and Scientific Center "SPbPU - FESTO" Synergy ". Polytech has been cooperating with the largest manufacturer of industrial equipment and automation systems in Baden-Württemberg FESTO for over 10 years in the network project "Synergy" (SPbPU is training specialists using automation elements of the concern).
During the previous visit to SPbPU in June 2017, the Rector of the University of Stuttgart Wolfram Ressel visited the production site of SPbPU partner company – “Baltic Industrial Company”. At the enterprise the university Chair is created. Within the framework of this Chair the education process and joint projects on various scientific directions are conducted and implemented. Representatives of the company and the Director of the Institute of Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering and Transport, Anatoly Popovich organized a tour for Wolfram Ressel including a visit to the company's laboratories and production departments. At the Polytech the Rector visited the laboratory “Functional Materials” of the Institute of Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering and Transport, noting that “the industrial laboratory on the territory of the university is the way to creating excellent engineering solutions.” After discussing the specifics of the interaction between industry and science with colleagues Wolfram Russell concluded: “Some moments in your industry are unusual for Germany, in some ways you can learn from us, and we can learn from you. With constant interaction, exchange of opinions and ideas our strategic cooperation is developing, which is of a great value for us ".
For over 10 years, the Polytechnic University and the Supercomputer Center HLRS of the University of Stuttgart have been developing a runtime environment for parallel applications on supercomputers. SPbPU scientists at the invitation of the HLRS Director, Professor Michael Resh, visited the Supercomputer Center in Stuttgart and discussed the prospects for cooperation in the field of applications of high-performance petaflop computing systems. It should be noted that the work in this direction is conducted jointly with the Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences - the leader in the development of algorithms and large software systems for high-performance computing systems in Russia. At the invitation of the Director of IPM RAS, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences B.N. Chetvertushkin scientists from SPbPU made presentations at the Russian-German seminar on supercomputer technologies in solving fundamental and applied problems. Collaboration with the supercomputer center of Stuttgart is also carried out in the field of computer 3D-technology design in machine building.
What is next?
Universities do not plan to stop at the achieved success. In 2017, a joint application was submitted for the EU program ERASMUS +, aimed at supporting cooperation in the field of education and professional development. Students' exchange programs will continue to develop, both short-term (within the framework of summer schools) and long-term (participation in master's programs of SPbPU). The universities will also support the academic mobility of faculty.