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The ceremonial meeting dedicated to the anniversary of opening a specialty "Artificial Intelligence" in Belarus was held at BSUIR

On February 21, as part of the X International Scientific and Technical Conference "OSTIS-2020", a solemn meeting dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the opening of the specialty "Artificial Intelligence" in Belarus was held.

The Department of Intelligent Systems was opened in 1995 to train students in the specialty  "Artificial Intelligence". In 1998, it was renamed into the Department of Intelligent Information Technologies (IIT). In the period from 1998 to 2001, the IIT Department organized and conducted four Braslav International schools-seminars on artificial intelligence for students and graduate students with the participation of leading scientists from the CIS in this field of Computer science. In February 2010, the OSTIS project was opened, which has been successfully developing and attracting more and more scientists for the past 10 years.

Since the foundation of the Department of IIT and for 24 years it was headed by Professor, Doctor of Technical Science Vladimir Golenkov. Today the head is his student, a graduate of BSUIR, Ph.D. in Computer science Daniil Shunkevich.

Colleagues, students, graduates and like-minded people came to congratulate the staff of the department.

"The next stage in the development of artificial intelligence is the transition to industrial technologies, and we must be leaders," said Vladimir Golenkov, addressing the guests of the event. – “We have established cooperation with Russian, Ukrainian and American colleagues. Everything is in our hands. Thanks to your support the department will be a powerful pivot in the development of artificial intelligence not only in Europe, but also in the world. It is very important that graduates keep in touch with the department".

During the meeting, words of gratitude and congratulations were addressed to the teachers, and the participants shared their memories of how the department has been developing over the years with Russian guests, representatives of the Joint Institute for Informatics Problems of the NAS of Belarus as well as with graduates of different years including first-time students of the department and graduates of the year 2000.
After the ceremonial meeting, the guests were able to chat in an informal setting and discuss future goals.

Tatyana Shimko, BSUIR press service 
Photo: Maxim Maksak, BSUIR press service

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