History Of The Department

From Software development for onboard computers for ballistic missiles to Software for large IT companies.

The Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technology (previously – the Department of Automated Systems Management) has successfully carried out educational activities for over 50 years – in 2014, the department celebrated its half-century anniversary. It originated in 1964, when Areh Vagarshakovich Dabahian, a Professor of the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, together with Vladimir Grigorievich Sergeyev, Chief Designer of Electropribor Design Bureau, founded the department intended to train research engineers in the field of automatic motion control. In 1977, the Department of AMC was reorganized into the Department of ASM, and in 2015 renamed into the Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technology (SEMIT).
The training of specialists was carried out according to the original curricula developed personally by A.V. Dabahian: for the first time in the country, the study of computer programming on the ECM began for students in the first semester. During the first years of the department activities, the main ordering party of the ARW was the Electropribor Design Bureau, whose executive management initiated the establishment of the department. The staff of the department was able to declare itself to be a highly qualified and reliable partner in solving complex scientific and technical problems associated with the creation of control systems for technical objects operated on earth and in space.

In the 70-90 years. the department efficiently collaborated with the Scientific Research Institute of Cosmonauts Training Center n.a. Y.A. Gagarin (Moscow), DB “Elektropribor” (Kharkiv), National Research Institute of Civil Aviation (Moscow), Scientific Research Institute CA “Aeroproject” (Moscow), Scientific Research Institute “Agat” (Moscow) and other leading enterprises of the industry. Since the late 90s the department has begun to work with the National Department of the Insurance Documentation Fund of Ukraine (Kharkiv); economic agreements have been concluded with Kharkiv enterprises: DB “Promavtomatika”, LLC “ASMgazservis”, and the regional gas production department “KharkivGazDobycha”.

In 1964, the postgraduate training program was opened at the department. So far, the department has trained more than 100 Research Doctorates, many of them have become Doctors of Science. These are M.D. Godlevsky – Head of the Department of Automated Systems Management (now SEMIT), B.I. Kuznetsov – head of the Magnetic Field Problems Department of the Scientific and Technical Center of Technical Objects Magnetism of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, V.P. Avramov – founder of the Department of Information Technologies and Systems of Tracked and Wheeled Vehicles named after A.A. Morozov, Y.T. Kostenko – Head of Kharkov Polytechnic University, A.S. Kutsenko – Head of the System Analysis and Analytical Information Technologies Department (1996-2021), V.Y. Zaruba – Head of the Department of Economic Cybernetics and Marketing Management, I.V. Kononenko – Head of the Department of Strategic Management (2000-2021), N.V. Tkachuk – Head of the Department of Systems and Technologies Modeling of Karazin University, I.P. Gamayun and L.A. Gambarov – Professors of the SEMIT Department and others.

Nowadays, the department conducts the following research work on such topics:
“Development of models and information-analytical technologies for planning the improvement of the software development process quality” (Doctor of Technical Sciences, Prof. M.D. Godlevsky);
“Models and methods of research and design for complex systems” (Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor I.P. Gamayun);
“Creation of models and methods for the collection and automated processing of business information in the web space” (Ph.D., associate professor O.Yu. Cherednichenko);
“Development of software solutions to increase the efficiency of managing the production of parallel processes” (Ph.D., professor S.V. Shevchenko);
“Methods and tools for software development using corporate knowledge and high-quality training of personnel of IT companies” (Ph.D., Associate Professor V.E. Sokol);
“Methodological foundations for increasing the efficiency of mathematical tools for solving the problems of production and transport logistics” (Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor L. A. Gambarov).
One of the most important aspects of the department’s activities aimed at improving the quality of education and expanding the range of scientific research is cooperation with foreign partners: with the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), Linneus University (Sweden), Hamburg Technical University (Germany), Paris-North University XIII (France), Maribor University (Slovenia), VSEMvs University (Slovakia) and Poznan University of Economics and Business (Poland). Since 2015, the Department has been a partner of the international educational project MASTIS.
In 2001, with the participation of the head of the SEMIT Department M.D. Godlevsky and Professor N.V. Tkachuk, as well as the Chairman of the German Informatics Society (GI) Professor G. Mayer, organized the conference “Information Systems Technology and its Application” (ISTA), which covered a wide range of the most modern information technologies. It was attended by over 100 scientists and specialists from around the world, including Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Finland. In subsequent years, the ISTA conference was held in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA), Wellington (New Zealand), Klagenfurt (Austria), Sydney (Australia), Yalta (Ukraine).
Since 2018, the Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technologies, together with the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems NTU KhPI, has been a co-organizer of the international conference Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Systems (CoLInS). The main goal of the conference is to discuss the results of recent research in the field of processing natural languages ​​and intelligent systems.
Since 2003, the Department has been operating the Center for Modern Information Technologies (IT-Center). The main task of the IT Center is to create conditions for the successful implementation of pilot projects in the field of modern information technologies.
In 2006 – 2017 in the framework of cooperation between the department and the Telesens company, theeducational and scientific-production complex  Silicon Valley functioned, where students and lecturers underwent practical training.

Today, the department provides training in 3 specialties: “software engineering”, “computer science” and “information systems and technologies.” In the educational process, the department implements innovative pedagogical technologies.
For more than 15 years, specialists in English have been trained in the specialty of “software engineering”. A system of project training based on the Innovation Campus has been introduced, where, after appropriate training, students work on real projects.
On the basis of the department’s Master’s degree, a unique project is being implemented – a dual training system (synthesis of theoretical training and paid practical work), which allows reducing the graduate’s adaptation period in the labor market by 2-3 years, acquiring the official work experience necessary for further professional growth.
A high level of educational and methodological work allows providing graduates with employment not only in leading IT companies in Kharkov and Ukraine (over 30 companies of different sizes: EPAM, Telesens, NIX Solutions, Sigma and others), but also in IT enterprises of international level (Google, Siemens, Facebook, Yandex). Lecturers of the SEMIT Department also combine teaching activities with work in IT companies.
The main goal of the Department of Software Engineering and Management Information Technology NTU “KhPI” has always been the fundamental training of specialists in the field of information systems and technologies. This approach was laid down in the 60-70s of the previous century and fully justified itself in subsequent years. Many graduates of the department have become famous scientists, university professors, heads of large enterprises and organizations, have achieved significant success in business.
The keys to the success of the department in science and education are: a high level of training of students in the field of computer mathematics, information technology and foreign languages ​​based on a careful selection of applicants; professionalism of the teaching staff of the department; high level of computer equipment. The goal of the department is to train qualified specialists that meet the highest standards, and for the past 55 years this problem has been solved by the teaching staff at the world level.