TSU has opened the first Russian laboratory to develop IT solutions that will use virtual and augmented reality for teaching, conducting research, and creating new breakthrough technologies that increase production efficiency, at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
This project is pioneering not only for Russia but also for the world, because previously such platforms were used primarily for scientific research. For educational purposes, programs with VR/AR tools are created only by request of large corporations for corporate training. The open platform UniVRsity, which the TSU laboratory is currently working on, will use the unlimited possibilities of the virtual world to train schoolchildren, students, and employees of commercial and governmental organizations.
Along with this, the new laboratory will serve as a platform for training IT specialists with a new orientation, the need for which is increasing dramatically In Russia's transition to a digital economy. In September 2019, the TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science will launch a Master's program that will train professionals who are able to create new applications and services for work in virtual and mixed reality.
The new TSU laboratory will also create innovative products for tasks set by the customers, and actively promote them in the Russian and international markets.