QS WOWNEWS (Issue No. 33) - page 54

WOW News
Asia & Oceania
– A team of scholars at Al-
Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU)
presented preliminary findings of the Smart
University-Smart City research project at the
annual Al Farabi International Conference in
Almaty, Kazakhstan. The findings highlight
the need for the conceptualization of
a new role for universities through the
Goals (SDGs) and in promoting development
of sustainable smart cities and communities
along Silk Road region.
This research project focuses on the
urbanisation as a source of global
development, economic growth and social
inclusion; and is conducted by the Ban Ki-
moon Institute for Sustainable Development
at KazNU in collaboration with the Faculty of
Geography, Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty
of Journalism, KazNU’s research team of
ERASMUS+ project etc, with the objective
of resolving challenges of global urban
development, particularly in Central Asia
and Kazakhstan.
Rector (President) of Al-Farabi KazNU Galym
Mutanov, shared that “KazNU has always
been actively working on projects such
as “Green Campus”, “Campus-in-Campus”,
“Smart Campus in a Smart City” etc; with
the aim of educating students about the
modern technologies and ethics of youth’s
social responsibility for the future of their
country and humanity. Being a Global Hub
of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
on sustainability, KazNU has developed a
new model of “Smart University 4.0” that
correlates with the objective of establishing
a Global Citizenship Education.”
At this conference, delegates discussed the
concepts of smart and sustainable cities,
which include new approaches to the
concept of “smart green campuses” and the
implications of digitalisation in the context
of “smart cities”, development of artificial
intelligence and new social media on urban
management for developing countries. This
topic is especially important for Central
and South Asia, as they experience rapid
urbanisation due to high population growth
and rural-urban migration. To become
globally competitive, governments will
have to make the urban environment more
business- and innovations-friendly by
utilising synergies of the“One Belt, One Road”
Professor Rafis Abazov of Ban Ki-moon
Institute for Sustainable Development also
highlighted that with the paradigm shift in
the 21st century, it has become very clear
that students today should not only learn
about technology transfer and advanced
digital and big-data aspects of managing
smart cities but also, about environmental
and social agenda, such as social innovations,
urban transportation, energy preservation,
to become the future implementers of this
“paradigm shift”.
The first Vice-Rector of KazNU Professor
Mukhambetkali Burkitbayev suggested “An
innovative approach to the implementation
of SDG initiatives will have an enormous
potential for the development of smart
universities as an integral part of sustainable
smart cities.”
Professor Burkitbayev also highlighted
important aspects of the work carried out
at the university on smart campus and
smart city projects. KazNU will present these
findings at the research session “Track 4:
Higher Education, Culture & Technology
Developments along the Silk Road” of QS
WORLDWIDE 2019 under the theme of
“Journey to Global Prominence: Harmony of
Human Heritage and Advanced Technology”.
This global conference will be held from 19-
20 September 2019 in Kazakhstan.
Smart university concept developed at Al-Farabi KazNU
The photo is courtesy of Rafis Abazov, Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development at KazNU.
MAI Drone School
successfully tests a unique
unmanned system to search
for missing persons
Russian Federation
– MAI Drone School
has implemented a unique solution:
a swarm of autonomous drones that
can “drive” through the forest in the
same way as humans do. The main
difference about this new technology is
that it will be able to fly under the tree
canopy, which is especially important
in the forest. The system also includes
a neural network that allows quick
processing of the video streaming and
can automatically detect the presence
of humans.
The drone is small hence allows for
trees. Each drone in the swarm will
be equipped with special equipment
for autonomous navigation, as well
as cameras for shooting and video
recording. The captured video attached
to the coordinates is processed by the
neural network, which determines the
presence of people in the frame and
transfers the survey to the operator for
visual confirmation.
The system has already passed the
initial field tests which made it possible
to determine the possibility of flying
under the tree canopy, depending
on the density of the forest. For this
purpose, developers from MAI used
racing drones guided through a
virtual reality helmet. During the tests,
members of the MAI team acted as
individuals who were lost. Based on the
results of the video processing by the
neural network, the tagged fragments
presence of humans.
The development was implemented
by the MAI team within the framework
of Odyssey competition from the
Specialists of MAI Drone School
participated in the GoFPV team, and
with the implementation of the
neural network, they were assisted by
specialists from the V.A. Trapeznikov
Institute of Control Sciences of Russian
Academy of Sciences.
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