Project “Innovation Grants for Students at the Institute of Transport and Communications” / iDEAHUB (Nr.1.1.1.3/21/A/006)

Period: 01.09.2021
- 30.11.2023
Programme: ERDF

Supervisors:

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Mihail Savrasov
Engineering Faculty
Mihail Savrasov
+371 67100665

Current position: Vice-rector for Academic and Research, Associated professor and leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of the MSc study program “Computer Science” and MSc study program “Management of Information Systems”, head of the “Laboratory of Applied Modelling (SimLab)”, head of research cluster “Modelling-Based Systems Analysis and Design (MADSYS)”.

Experience: more than 17 years of academic and research experience, more than 10 years in academic and research administration positions: Dean of the faculty, head of Research and development department. Microsoft Certified professional in Microsoft SQL Server;  Certified specialist in using PTV VISION software (traffic flow simulation); Coursera certificates in Creating Dashboards and Storytelling with Tableau, Essential Design Principles for Tableau, Fundamentals of Visualization with Tableau, Visual Analytics with Tableau, Enterprise Systems, Innovation Product Management, Building Conversational Experiences with Dialogflow; IBM Cognitive classes certificates in Big Data Foundations – Level 2, Applied Data Science with Python – Level 2, Deep Learning.

Membership: Member of the Latvian Simulation and Modelling Society, member of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association (LaTDEA), Expert of Latvian Council for Science in Engineering Field, programme committee member of International Multi-Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (2017-2020), programme committee member of Conference on sustainable urban mobility (2016, 2018, 2020), Programme committee member, member of editorial board Transport and Telecommunication Journal.

Teaching activity: Enterprise Information Systems (6ECTS, master level), Research Seminar 2 (3ECTS, master level), Simulation in Logistics (3ECTS, bachelor level), System Modelling (6ECTS, bachelor level), Chatbot Design and Development (3ECTS, bachelor level).

Publication activity: Author/co-author of more than 30 research publications in journals and conference proceedings (indexed in SCOPUS/WoS). Co-author of several methodological books for students, co-author of the monography “Sensor Network Technology Applications in the Water Supply and Transport Systems” .

Projects: for the last years participated in more than 8 international projects (Horizon2020, FP7, Erasmus+, IEE, COST) and more than 10 contract research projects with the industry.

Supervised theses: 23 master level and 16 bachelor thesis supervision with successful defence; supervision of PhD thesis in a topic “Cargo hubs management based on advanced technologies”; the official reviewer of 4 PhD thesis.

Research fields/domains: simulation modelling, information systems, AI application.

Awards: Award in competition „For the best bachelor, master and PhD work related with transport issues in Riga city” (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007), Khaim Kardonsky memory foundation award for research in statistics and reliability (2007), K. Irbīša award (2004).

Motto: “Do not be afraid of new things”.

Hobby: Carpentering, numismatics.

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Publication date: 01.09.2021.

The aim of the project is to promote the implementation of student innovation applications, which develops students’ innovation capacity and entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurship, solves problems important to the society or its part, strengthens cooperation of universities and students with entrepreneurs and attracts private funding for the implementation of the Student Innovation Program.

Innovation Grants for Students – presentation.

iDEAHUB will focus on three main areas:

  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Digital society and transformation
  • Smart Logistics and Transport

The project is implemented together with partners:

  • Latvian Investment and Development Agency
  • Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association
  • Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industry
  • Latvian Association for Transport Development and Education
  • State Scientific Institute “Institute of Electronics and Computer Science”
  • University of the West of England UWE Bristol
  • Baltic International Academy
  • TTS (Transportation Technology Systems) Ltd
  • HARBOR Ltd
  • SIZZAPP Ltd
  • KEMEK Engineering Ltd

Overall, cooperation with several companies is planned in the priority areas of the project.

The target group of the iDEAHUB project is students of TSI and other higher education institutions at different levels, including doctoral students, students of general secondary education, vocational education institutions and colleges.

The project includes the following activities:

  • Establishment and operation of the iDEAHUB ecosystem, dialogue with industry, creation and operation of the Idea Bank and the IT platform iDEAHUB Toolkit;
  • Strengthening the innovation potential of students – training, workshops, innovation team-building;
  • Implementation of different types of innovation projects in cooperation with entrepreneurs: a) projects for the development and initial testing of an innovation idea; b) projects for the development of an innovation idea on the basis of evidence of an existing concept, as well as projects expertise and practical trainings;
  • Assessment of investment potential of innovation projects and development planning – the path to investment and expertise;
  • Communication, publicity and dissemination of results.

The project foresees realisation of 20 student innovation projects.

The project will be implemented until 30 November 2023 and foresees investments of EUR 543 024.91, of which the European Regional Development Fund supports EUR 461 571.17 (85%) and private funding is EUR 81 453.74 (15%).

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