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Head of the UNN PTRI Laboratory Alexey Mikhaylov represented Lobachevsky University at the Russian Digital Week in Italy, which was held from  November 11 to November 15 as the central event of the Science and Education exhibition “Achievements and breakthrough technologies of Russian companies in the digital field” (October-November 2019, Belgium-Italy-Poland).

The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Rossotrudnichestvo operator LLC "Inconsult K" at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Rome. The exhibition introduced European visitors to recent developments and achievements of the Russian digital industry in the areas of breakthrough information and communication technologies, big data, software engineering and robotics, as well as new educational technologies.

The business part of the exhibition included reports of leading experts, representatives of universities, Russian and joint Russian-Italian companies on existing and prospective areas of digital technologies. Of particular interest to the participants were the reports on the future markets in the digital economy (Arseny Uralov, President of the Association of Accelerators and Business Incubators of Russia) and on cross-cutting digital technologies that are actively developing within the framework of the national program "Digital economy of the Russian Federation" (Anna Gushchina, Head of the Department for coordination of regional digitalization of the Russian Federation Ministry of Communications).

Alexey Mikhaylov presented at the Lobachevsky University stand some exhibits and videos describing the results of fundamental and applied research of memristive nanomaterials, devices and systems as  promising components for new product lines within the cross-cutting technologies such as "Neurotechnology and artificial intelligence", "Components for robotics and sensor technology" and "Big data".  In his report on the first day of the event, Alexey Mikhaylov presented general information about Lobachevsky University and emphasized the important role of visiting scholars and of the Russian Government megagrant  program in creating new interdisciplinary laboratories in some breakthrough fields of research. He demonstrated how an adaptive bidirectional neural interface can be implemented by using memristors,  how new approaches to implementation of memristive plasticity can be realized and how noise and fluctuation control can be used to control the memristive effect (this research was performed as part of the megagrant project supervised by Professor Bernardo Spagnolo from the University of Palermo). 

Those who attended the exhibition appreciated the level of fundamental and applied research at Lobachevsky University and the prospects for the use of research results in the framework of the Roadmap for neuromorphic and neurohybrid systems developed jointly with the partners from the Kurchatov Institute.